Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chair of the Board, is recognized as a veteran performer of August Wilson’s’ works. His signature role is the gossipy Turnbo in Jitney creating the role in the 1996 premiere in Pittsburgh, then honing it in regional theatres before arriving Off-Broadway in 2000 with a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble, and then to London’s National Theatre with the 2002 Olivier Award for Best New Play. He also received a Tony Award nomination for his role as Jim Bono in the Broadway production of Fences, starring Denzel Washington, and reprising the role in Denzel Washington’s 2016 film.
He has also played on Broadway in Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and the premiere of King Hedley II. Other theatre work on Broadway includes playing alongside Denzel Washington in A Raisin in the Sun and off Broadway winning the 2015 Obie Award for Best Actor in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside and Crazy; and his film work includes roles in Lincoln, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, Manchester by the Sea, and Lady Bird.