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Biography 

Proverbs 3:5 #BeFEARLESS 

A true renaissance man...  Jos N. Banks is a multi- award winning Visual/ Performing Arts Artist, Costume Designer, Creative Director,  Stylist and Teaching Artist.

 

Jos is most known for his star turn as LOLA in Kinky Boots, both on the international tour (US, Canada, China & Singapore) & several regional houses having performed over 387 performances! Tours: International (US/ Canada) - HAIR (Hud); The Color Purple (Harpo). Regional: Steppenwolf Theatre, Yale Dramatic Association, McCarter Theatre Center, Goodspeed Opera House, The Second City, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Writers Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane - Oak Brook, Porchlight Music Theatre, Black Ensemble Theatre, About Face Theatre, The Apollo Theatre & many more.

 

Film: "OCEAN" on SHOWTIME's "The Chi" & “The Chicago Code”. Co-Star in the Official Music Video for the "It Get's Better" Project - Rise Against' - “Make It Stop” (Lead). Jos was also blessed with the opportunity to have interned at Teen Vogue Magazine (NYC) for his fashion designs and illustrations, under the incomparable leadership of key note speaker, Michael Kors.

 

  Deemed WINNER of StageScene LA’s “Scenie” Award for “Break Out Performance in a Touring Production” as Lola in KINKY BOOTS in 2018 & nominated Best Costume Designer for the 2012, 2016 & 2019 BTAA (Black Theater Alliance Awards).

 

WINNER of the 2023 Jospeh Jefferson Awards for...  

 - "Best Ensemble - PLAY" for "Choir Boy" at Steppenwolf Theatre Co.

- "Best Ensemble - Short Run Production" for "What To Send Up When It Goes Down" with Congo Square Theatre Company

- "Best Production - Short Run" for "The Magnolia Ballet" with About Face Theatre

 Jos also serves as curator & key note speaker of his very own Master Class Session; entitled “#BeFEARLESS” which he has now instructed to young theatre artisans from grade school to collegiate, nationally. 

Representation: Paonessa Talent Agency.

 

Follow Me: @JosNBanks , on all social media platforms. 

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