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Antonio Lyons

Antonio David Lyons is an Actor, Poet, Musician, Activist, and the founder of We Are Here, a social sculpture project that seeks to foster an environment where the arts can impact social conditions, attitudes, perceptions and structures. The campaign was birthed in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010. The goal of the campaign is to provide a nurturing environment where men and boys can discover, develop and share tools that will help grow themselves and their communities. He holds an MA in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York (CUNY). His thesis project The WHY Factor was conducted in collaboration with CUNY/BMI (Black Male Initiative). The project provided concrete opportunities for participants to practice different ways of being successful while developing useful skills for navigating life. He has been a Guest Lecturer at the University of Michigan(Ann Arbor), Wits University (Johannessburg), Columbia College (Los Angeles) and the Newtown Film School (Johannesburg). Antonio also manages to maintain a thriving career as a professional artist in tandem with his activist and scholarly pursuits. He has appeared in The Book of Negroes, American History X, Hotel RwandaThe Practice and 24 to name a few. He has released two solo albums, “Human Jewels” and “We Dance We Pray.” www.antoniodavidlyons.com

An Interview with South African director, producer, and educator Lara Bye
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An Interview with South African director, producer, and educator Lara Bye

28 August 2015

Antonio Lyons talks with Lara Bye about her work as an artist and teacher in South Africa.

The Gift of Belonging
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The Gift of Belonging

A Journey Into South African Theatre

23 August 2015

Antonio Lyons describes his evolving relationship to South Africa and discusses the country’s rich theatrical history.

Theatre in South Africa
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Theatre in South Africa

A nation characterized by its Apartheid legacy and struggle for liberation, we hear the story of a nation reborn and the art at its center through the voices of some of its most dynamic artists.