Andre Minkins is an actor, director, producer, writer, and the founder of the theatrical touring company, 7 AM Productions. Since receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of NC at Greensboro, he has performed in, written, directed, and produced numerous plays across the U.S. Besides touring with his own company, he has worked with other national touring groups performing theatre and poetry. He was with the award-winning play “Camp Logan” as a part of a cast that changed history books and won the NAACP Image Award. Andre was recently named best actor at the Atlanta Black theatre festival for his portrayal of the honorable Nelson Mandela.
Andre is a mentor and consultant to numerous former students, actors, and organizations that are involved in poetry, film, television, theatre, and arts education. He is very active, an acting coach, a life counselor, and an advocate for the arts. His work in the area of dramaturgy has helped and is helping playwrights across the nation to reach their goals as produced playwrights. He also does workshops and camps across the country helping to develop projects for film and the stage and reaching out to share the gift of telling stories in any form with all ages.
Currently, Mr. Minkins is an Associate Professor of Theatre, TV, Film, and Speech, and a coordinator of Drama at Winston Salem State University. He has taught at other institutions including Livingstone University, Shaw University, Tennessee State University, NC A&T State University, and the University of Arkansas. As an educator, he has been an active member of the Southeast Theatre Conference, and the National Association for Dramatic and Speech Arts, and is currently the coordinator of ITJA for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre festival.
He is considered one of the foremost authorities on Black Theatre and Arts Festivals in the country, having been mentored by the late Larry Leon Hamlin, founder of the oldest continuous Black Repertory company in North Carolina, The NC Black Repertory Company, and creator of the largest gathering of African Americans in theatre in the world, the National Black Theatre Festival. He has consulted with and been on the board of a theatre company and several festivals including the Tampa Bay theatre Festival, Festival Stage Winston Salem, the DC Black Theatre Festival, the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, and the International Black Film Festival of Nashville.