Kenyon Adams has performed internationally
as an actor, musician and singer-songwriter and is a published writer
and speaker on issues of art and theology. He is the recipient of the
Greer Garson Foundation Award for Acting, a Level One Young Arts
Award, and was named a United States Presidential
Scholar in the Arts
under Bill Clinton. Kenyon received his BFA in Theater from Southern
Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts in 2001.
In 2004, he collaborated with
Director Sarah Peterson and jazz legend Willie Ruff to stage Long Wharf
Theater's critically acclaimed production of Langston's Hughes' Black
Nativity, for which he composed original music and performed a leading
role. Other theater credits include Cinderella (Inside Broadway NYC),
Richard III (Elm Shakespeare), Bloodknot, Ah! Wilderness!,, My
Children, My Africa!, Translations, and Blind Lemon (Akin Babtunde).
In 2010, Kenyon made his feature film debut as Jason in the narrative feature, Lucky Life, which made it's US and world premiere's at Tribeca Film Festival and Moscow International Film Festival, and is currently premiering in countries around the world.
Kenyon has appeared on various musical recordings as a vocalist and songwriter, including a collaborative worship album with Douglas Feil, Arlington Jones, and members of Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation. 2002 marked the release of his debut album, Songs for the Road. As a solo performer and singer-songwriter he has shared the stage with artists such as Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame's The Lovin' Spoonful, as well as Ten Shekel Shirt, Derek Webb, Down Here, Water Deep, 100 Portraits, Darien Cunning and Mighty Purple. Kenyon has enjoyed leading worship for church communities in Dallas, Connecticut and New York and continues to perform original music in NYC.
As an advocate for cultural renewal through the arts, Kenyon has served as Artistic Director of Hall Neighborhood House and Assistant Director of Yale University's Open End Theater. Kenyon helped to establish The Space, a multi-cultural arts venue in New Haven, CT and was a member of the Axiom Community and Chetstone Manor, both of which explored a theology of missional living for the arts community.
Kenyon studied theology and culture as a Gotham Fellow at the Center for Faith & Work, Redeemer Presbyterian Church where he currently serves as Arts Ministries Coordinator. He lives In Queens, NY with his wife, Emily.