DeSean Stokes is a versatile and empathetic actor and musician, having showcased his talents in everything from a hip-hop musical to an August Strindberg period drama.
A native of both Florida and North Carolina, DeSean found acting at an early age, landing roles in shows like Footloose and becoming the state champion in prose/poetry for his interpretation of Langston Hughes’ work.
With scholarships from Discover Card, McDonald’s and Target, DeSean attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with degrees in journalism and dramatic art. During his time in college, he also began writing and performing his original music that would later appear in national projects for MTV, Burger King and TV-One.
His first job after college led him to Washington, D.C., as an international radio broadcaster for the Voice of America. Despite a promising future in journalism, however, DeSean left Capitol Hill to pursue his artistic dreams in New York City.
Within one month of relocating, he booked his first role as Wesley, the starving piano player in William Saroyan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Time of Your Life (Shakespeare Theatre NJ).
He’s since toured nationally in the musical Freedom Train, performing in venues like the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Recent New York credits include Strindberg’s Easter (Gene Frankel Theatre), Mercy Street: A Hip-Hop Concert (Ars Nova), NYMF’s Next Broadway Sensation (New World Stages), and Home (Red Fern Theatre Company).
As a recording artist and self-taught pianist, DeSean is currently working on new music for 2013. His musical influences include Bill Withers, Alicia Keys, India.Arie, Elton John, Ray Charles and Celine Dion.
DeSean is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
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