Plenary Speaker

Jeffrey Wright


Jeffrey Wright

Biography

Critically acclaimed actor Jeffrey Wright continually pushes the boundaries of his craft with inspiring and celebrated performances in an illustrious career that has spanned the worlds of theatre, film and television. Currently, Wright can be seen on the fifth and final season of HBO's critically acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire. On the big screen, Wright can next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which will be released by Lionsgate on November 21, 2014. Wright garnered a Tony® Award in 1994 for his portrayal in Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic Angels in America, directed by George C. Wolfe. Wright reprised his Angels role in HBO's 2003 mini-series adaption of the play, earning both a Golden Globe® and an Emmy® for his groundbreaking performance. In addition to acting, Wright is Vice Chairman of Taia Lion Resources and Chairman of Taia Peace Foundation. Wright was named by the Government of Sierra Leone as the “Peace by Piece” Ambassador for the country's 2011 50th Anniversary Independence Celebration, and received the Humanitarian Award at the 2011 Napa Valley Film Festival for his work with Taia Peace Foundation. He is the co-founder of the Ebola Survival Fund and is on the advisory board of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). Twitter/Instagram: @jfreewright, #CrushEbolaNow www.ebolasurvivalfund.org