Kenyon Adams is a collaborative artist and arts advocate originally from Orlando, FL. He has been the recipient a National Young Arts Foundation Award, and was named a White House Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Kenyon received his BFA in Theater from Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts, and is currently an M.A.R. Candidate at Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music studying Religion & the Arts. He has contributed art and dialogue to the National Arts Policy Roundtable, Center for Faith & Work, Festival of Faith & Music, Laity Lodge and the Jubilee Conference. His artistic collaborations include performances with Bill T. Jones, Charlie Peacock, Cindertalk and a film project with Brooklyn-based innovators Mason Jar Music.
Following the release of his solo album, Songs for the Road, Kenyon shared the stage with artists ranging from The Lovin’ Spoonful to Gary Clark Jr. In 2011, he co-founded the band Kenyon Adams & American Restless, a Brooklyn-based blues/rock/soul group, which released a self-titled EP and performed throughout the U.S.
Kenyon made his feature film debut as Jason in the film, Lucky Life, which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival’s L’Atelier du Festival and made its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. Lucky Life was also selected for the Moscow International Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, American Film Festival Poland and others.
With director Sarah Peterson and jazz legend Willie Ruff, Kenyon helped to stage Long Wharf Theater’s production of Langston’s Hughes’ Black Nativity for which he composed original music and performed a leading role. Other theater credits include Cinderella (Inside Broadway NYC), Richard III (Elm Shakespeare), Bloodknot, Ah! Wilderness!, My Children, My Africa!, Translations, and Blind Lemon (Akin Babatunde).
Kenyon and his wife, Emily, live in New Haven, CT.