Leslie Odom Jr. Performer & Acting Coach NHSMTA / NYU Faculty Coach
A young man of many talents, Leslie Odom, Jr. moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2003 after graduating with honors from Carnegie Mellon University's prestigious School of Drama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A meeting with Lucy Cavallo at CBS led very quickly to a recurring role on “CSI: Miami.” Leslie played fingerprint specialist Joseph Kayle on the hit CBS hit drama for three seasons. Television roles to follow would include guest and recurring roles on “Grey?s Anatomy,” “Supernatural,” “NCIS: LA,” “Vanished,” “Big Day,” “The Bill Engvall Show,” “Close To Home,” “Gilmore Girls,” “The Big House,” “Zeke and Luther,” and “Threshold.” This past year, Odom, Jr. was seen weekly as Sam Strickland on the highly anticipated new backstage drama “SMASH” for NBC and made two talked about appearances on the new Don Cheadle vehicle “House of Lies” for Showtime.
On stage, Odom, Jr. has the distinction of being the youngest person ever cast in the long running Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway phenomenon “Rent.” Leslie was a 17 year old high school senior when he went into the show. He credits his early Broadway experience for much of the success that would follow on stage and off. “The time I spent in New York when I was 17 gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams with my whole heart.” Other notable theater credits include the world premiere of “Jersey Boys” at the La Jolla Playhouse, an award winning production of “Once on this Island” with Reprise Theater Company (where he met his wife Nicolette Robinson), and a world premiere Stephen Sondheim Review “Being Alive” at The Philadelphia Theater Company and the Westport Country Playhouse featuring an all African American cast. Last season on Broadway, Odom Jr. was noted as a standout for his work in the original cast of the short lived musical “Leap of Faith.” Leslie won the 2012 Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer on Broadway and was nominated for a Drama League Award for his performance.
Odom, Jr. made his film debut at the top of the year in “Red Tails” produced by Lucas Films. The film recounts the perfect record of renowned World War II fighter pilots, The Tuskegee Airmen. “Red Tails” is currently available on Blu-Ray and DVD.
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