Antonio Duke is a Twin Cities based actor and playwright. He follows in the tradition of The Griot: west African storytellers who are tasked with being the keepers of their communities history. He's inspired by myths from the black spiritual canon that derive from the Yoruba, Santeria, and Voodoo deities. He has three solo performance pieces: Ashes of Moons (Pillsbury House Theatre's Naked Stages Fellowship), Tears of Moons (Guthrie Theatre's Solo Emerging Artist Celebration), and Missing Mississippi Moons (Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant). He's currently an inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellow. He's an alumnus of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie B.F.A. Actor Training Program.
The culmination of Antonio Duke's 2019 Artist Initiative Grant is an original solo performance piece called "MISSING MISSISSIPPI MOONS" directed by Ellen Fenster with live music by Umar Malik Williams. Previews open November 21st at 7:30pm at The Playwrights' Center.
2018-19 Many Voices Mentee Antonio Duke is one of the first recipients of the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship program. 60 Fellowships were awarded to early career artists in Minnesota and New York City.