EXCLUSIVE: Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated screenwriter, playwright, producer and director Kemp Powers has signed with WME.
Powers recently directed Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, along with Joaquim Dos Santos and Justin K. Thompson. The film surpassed expectations at the box office by besting the original, becoming the highest-grossing debut for SPA, the highest-grossing SPA film ever, and the highest-earning animated comic book movie ever.
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Powers wrote the Amazon film One Night in Miami… which was adapted from his 2013 award-winning stage play. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay on behalf of his work on the film.
Powers is also co-director and a screenwriter of Disney/Pixar’s Academy Award-winning Soul. Powers made history with the film as the first Black person to receive a director or screenwriter credit on any Pixar project.
His stage plays in addition to One Night in Miami… include Little Black Shadows, Christa McAuliffe’s Eyes Were Blue, The Two Reds and A Negro by Choice. The 2016 production of One Night in Miami… at London’s Donmar Warehouse earned Powers an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play. One Night’s Los Angeles world premiere won the production three LA Drama Critics Circle Awards and four NAACP Theatre Awards, as well as the 2013 Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding New Play.
The world premiere of Powers’ play The XIXth this spring at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego was directed by Carl Cofield. The play, based on real events from the 1968 Olympic Games, chronicles the intersection of sports and activism when two Black American sprinters begin to protest.
Powers continues to be managed by Chris Davey at Media Talent Group and his attorneys are Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.
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