America’s “favorite fighting Frenchman” — on stage, at least — is coming to PTK Catalyst 2018!
Tony and Grammy-award winning Broadway star, hip-hop musician, actor and television producer Daveed Diggs started his career in a very different way – as a middle school teacher.
After graduating from Brown University with a degree in theatre, Diggs taught poetry and acting to seventh graders in his native Oakland, California. Looking for a new way to reach them, he developed a popular rap curriculum that had an immediate positive impact on his students.
Diggs continued to pursue performance on the side, forming a hip-hop group, “clipping,” and touring around Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Although he loved teaching, Diggs left education in 2012 to pursue performance full-time. His group, clipping, signed with Sub Pop Records before taking his talents to Broadway.
Playing both Thomas Jefferson and Lafayette in the critically acclaimed musical Hamilton, Diggs helped open theatre doors to a new generation of fans. At last he had experienced the “color-blind casting,” envisioned by creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Now theatre audiences have trouble imagining anyone else in the roles.
The show has been a smash hit, earning a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and 11 Tony Awards, including a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Diggs.
Now that his role in Hamilton has come to an end, he remains focused on creating. You can see Diggs in his first feature film, Wonder and the upcoming animated feature, Ferdinand. Upcoming television projects include TNT’s Snowpiercer and Fox’s Bob’s Burgers. In the last year he appeared in the HBO mockumentary Tour de Pharmacy, ABC’s Black-ish, and Netflix’s The Get Down and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Behind the camera, he wrote, produced and starred in the feature Blindspotting, and executive produces the new sitcom The Mayor, which premieres on ABC this fall.