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JAMES LECESNE has been ranked by the NYTimes as "among of the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation," and he's been at it for over 25 years.  His most recent solo play, THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY opened Off Broadway at The Westside Theater and received rave reviews. Mr. Lecesne wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award Winning short film, TREVOR, which went on to inspire the founding of The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention helpline for LGBT and, Questioning youth.  James is also the founder of The After The Storm Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to offering support to community centers in New Orleans that are working with youth and the arts.  Following Hurricane Katrina, James organized a group of artists to travel to New Orleans, and he produced the feature length documentary directed by Hilla Medalia, After The Storm, which spotlights the lives and struggles of twelve young adults who are living in the storm-ravaged city.
 
An actor as well as a writer, Mr. Lecesne’s solo show WORD OF MOUTH was presented Off Broadway by Mike Nichols and Elaine May and directed by Eve Ensler; he was awarded the NY Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for best solo performance as well as the LA Theater Weekly Award. He also wrote the book for the solo musical ONE MAN BAND, with music and lyrics by Larry Hochman and Marc Eliot.  His acting credits include the original NYC production of CLOUD 9 by Caryl Churchill. EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES, written and directed by Eve Ensler, and the 30th anniversary production of BOYS IN THE BAND by Mart Crowley. He also starred in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, I AM MY OWN WIFE at Hartford Stage Company. Other productions at Hartford Stage include THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP with Varla Jean Merman, directed by Michael Wilson and the world premiere of MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD which went on to be presented at The Geffen Theater and at Primary Stages in NYC, directed by Lisa Peterson. And he appeared on Broadway in Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN, starring James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury. 

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As a writer James adapted Armistead Maupin’s FURTHER TALES OF THE CITY as a mini series for SHOWTIME (Emmy nomination) and wrote one of the final episodes of the TV series, WILL & GRACE. He created the stage play, THE ROAD HOME: Stories of the Children of War, a play based on interviews with survivors of wars in Tibet, Bosnia and Cambodia and presented at the International Peace Conference at The Hague.  His play THE MOTHER OF INVENTION, will premiere at The Abingdon Theater in February 2017.  James has taught at The NYU School of Continuing Education, The New School, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and The New York Film Academy.  He was a Distinguished Guest Speaker at The Heller Graduate School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, where his Pro-Seminar“Sharing the Truth: Effective Storytelling for Social Justice Activists” included 30 participants from 11 countries.

And he has been a featured speaker about issues related to LGBT Youth at organizations and corporations such as Nike, Johnson & Johnson and Deutche Bank.
 
His young adult novel, ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS, was published by Harper Collins and was awarded The William Morris Award by the American Librarian Association and was nominated for a The Lambda Literary Award. His novella TREVOR was published by Seven Stores Press in 2012. Also available - THE LETTER Q: Queer Writer's Notes to Their Younger Selves, edited with Sarah Moon and published by Scholastic in 2012.

 

 

ACTING RESUME

 

JAMES LECESNE

BROADWAY

Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN (Dick Jensen)

            Shoenfeld Theater, 20012, Dir. Michael Wilson

OFF BROADWAY

THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY

             The Westside Theater, 2015, Dir. Tony Speciale

MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD

            Primary Stages, Geffen Theater, Hartford Stage – Dir Lisa Peterson

CLOUD 9 (Joshua/Cathy)

            (Original production) Dir. Tommy Tune, Lucille Lortel Theater NYC

BOYS IN THE BAND, 30th Anniversary production - Emory

            Dir. Ken Elliot at The Lucile Lortel Theater, NYC

WORD OF MOUTH

            Solo performance produced by Mike Nichols & Elaine May

            Directed by Eve Ensler at Promenade Theater NYC

             Drama Desk Award & Outer Critics Circle Award

            LA Theater Weekly Award,

ONE MAN BAND  

            Solo performance, Dir. Jack Hofsiss,

            South Street Theater NYC

REGIONAL:

LEGENDS!

            Studio Theater, Washington D.C. Dir: Kirk Jackson. Co-starring Lypsinka

I AM MY OWN WIFE

            Hartford Stage, Dir. Jeremy Cohen (Best Actor in CT. Award)

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP

            Hartford Stage Co., Dir. Michael Wilson

            Provincetown Theater Co., Dir. Michael Wilson

EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES

            Solo performance written and directed by Eve Enlser at HERE Arts Center, NYC

TORCHSONG TRILOGY - Arnold

            Provincetown Theater Co. Dir. Mathew Lombardo

CRUCIFER OF BLOOD – (Jonathan Small)

            Olney Theater, Dir. Paul Giovanni

THREEPENNY OPERA (Filtch)

SUMMER AND SMOKE (Roger Doremus)

CHARLIE’S AUNT (Lord Fancourt Babberly)

            Mount Gretna Playhouse, Dir. Paul Giovanni

FILM & TV

SEX AND THE CITY – “They Shoot Single People, Don’t They?”

MOTHERHOOD, Dr. Katherine Dieckmann

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, Dir: Jodie Foster

BROADWAY DAMAGE, Dir: Victor Mignatti

20th TELEVISION – Half-hour TV development deal for Fox TV.