Bruce Hawkins

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Bruce Hawkins


Bruce Hawkins (Choreography and Staging) first began his professional acting career at Baltimore’s Center Stage in the musical, “The Me Nobody Knows” and then went on to the Broadway tour of the same show. A graduate of Morgan State College, Bruce received the coveted AUDELCO Black Theater Achievement Award for Outstanding Male Musical Theater Performance for his song and dance work in the New Federal Theater production of Melvin Van Peebles’ musical play about Bessie Smith, “The Champeen’ “, where he played 10 different characters with 27 costume changes. He was also featured in “Golden Boy” at the Billie Holliday Theater, toured the US with Cab Calloway in his “Cotton Club Revue” and played the Scarecrow in the touring company of “The Wiz”. His television acting credits include Guiding Light, All My Children, One Life to Live, Chappelle’s Show, Law and Order, 30 Rock, Kojak, The Equalizer and many other independent films and movies.

For 30 years, Bruce danced in six, New York based Black dance companies and traveled and taught dance all over the world, working personally with renowned choreographers and instructors such as Louis Johnson, Fred Benjamin, Talley Beatty, Katherine Dunham, Rick Odums, Gary DeLoatch, Romare and Nanette Bearden, Otis Sallid, Bernard Johnson, Lynn Simonson, Roumel Reaux, Finis Jhung, George Faison, Debbie Allen, Keith Young, Joel Harrison, Orville Johnson and Maria Broom. Bruce danced as a soloist with the Fred Benjamin Dance Company, Nanette Bearden’s Contemporary Chamber Dance Group, The Louis Johnson Dance Theater Ensemble, Hudson Repertory Ballet Dance Ensemble and The Baltimore Dance Theater.

His international dance travels took him to Africa, Japan, Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and throughout the continental United   States. Bruce also worked for several years as a puppeteer with the famed Crowations of the Brewery Puppets. Before he retired from dancing full time in 1995, Bruce eventually ended up teaching on the professional dance faculty of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and he has been an adjunct professor of dance and guest artist at SUNY Purchase, New York University, Adelphi University, Lehman College for the Performing Arts and The University of Washington.

A former member of the DC Black Repertory Company Workshop Ensemble, Bruce has worked professionally as an actor with Center Stage, Lincoln Center Institute, the Frank Silvera’s Writer’s Workshop, New Federal Theater and Ernie McClintock’s 127th Street Ensemble. Bruce continues to work as an actor/model and published book author primarily in New York, where he is now a vested, retired member of SAG/AFTRA that still works freelance doing advertising print work, voiceovers and commercials through several top East Coast model agencies in a senior category.

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