I aim to elevate, inspire, and plant joy, hope, vulnerability, and resilience in young queer, African (Ghanaian) children so that in spite of the hardship, pain, and injustice that this world throws at them, they can dare to live a life beyond their wildest dreams
My name is Anthony Adu. I was born on the luscious coast of Ghana. In 2009, I immigrated to the United States, spending the latter part of my formative years in Aurora, Colorado. Like any Ghanaian child, I had only three choices for a career: doctor, lawyer, or engineer. But in high school, I sneakily pursued art through Speech competitions. During my junior year, a judge at a speech tournament encouraged me to pursue a career on Broadway. I had no idea what Broadway was, but when I home and googled it, a light bulb went off. I knew I had to pursue acting.
I began my professional acting career in Denver while pursuing my BA in Theatre. I have since worked in major regional theaters including La Jolla Playhouse, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Arvada Center's Black Box Repertory Company. I decided to pursue a graduate degree after undergrad and recently earned my MFA in Acting from UC San Diego (La Jolla Playhouse).
I am passionate about my heritage, my relationship to being an American as it's tied to being Ghanaian, my queerness. I seek to tell stories that reveal the vast, deep culture that runs in my blood. I am also inspired to fight through systems of oppression that seek to tell us we aren't enough and to tell stories about people who are trying to find a place to call home. My greatest influences are Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Lupita Nyongo'o, Michaela Coel, Viola Davis, my fierce Mother, and anyone who dares to dream.
In my free time, you can catch me on the mat practicing yoga or in the kitchen, experimenting with food. I want to create my own cookbook one day, full of Ghanaian food. My passion extends into fitness, reading, and a newly found love for teaching and coaching.