A Juilliard School graduate, Dwayne was recently seen in The national tour of In The Mood. He is the 2016 New Hampshire Theater winner for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Lun Tha in The King and I, directed by Diane DiCroce. Hailed for his role as Lil B-Man in Figaro 90210 at the off Broadway Duke Theatre, Anthony Tomasini of The New York Times said, “And the next time I see a mezzo-soprano singing Cherubino in Mozart’s “Figaro,” it’s going to be hard to forget the sassy way the light tenor Dwayne A. Washington turned this character into Li’l B-Man, who stole the show.” Prior to Figaro, he appeared in TONYA & NANCY:The Rock Opera at NYMF 2015. He has also been seen as Joshua in the Emerging Artist Theater reading of Freedom Song and the 9 Time Barrymore nominated production of Ragtime at Bristol Riverside Theatre. Previously, Dwayne has been seen as Collins (nominated for a 2014 NY-IT award as Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role) in RENT at Gallery Players in New York City. He has even taken to dawn a pair of heels in the world premier of Dorian’s Closet as the infamous NYC drag queen, Pepper Labeija.
Prior to his path of stage and screen, Dwayne was seen roaming the halls of The Juilliard School under the vocal tutelage of Stephen Smith. Here he performed in the US premier of La Doriclea as Artabano, Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All as Donald Gallup, and DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES as Chevalier. Dwayne has been afforded the great opportunity to work with Steven Blier, Nico Castel, Corradina Caparello, Ken Noda, Brian Zeigler, Anne Mason, Edward Berkley, Ken Merill, and a slew of amazing teachers and mentors that helped to develop the way he approaches his work. Upon graduating from Juilliard, he relocated to London for 3 years. While in London he worked on Ezra Axelrod’s Songs from the American Motel and Paul Taylor Mills One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest as Chief Bromden for which he received much praise. He was also seen in Robin Norton Hale’s 2011 Olivier Award winning production of La Boheme at the Soho theater and a production of Cinderella at Kings Head Theater.
Dwayne brings a sense of understanding, connection, context, and empathy to all of his work. He has been praised for being poised, eloquent and communicative in his work. Dwayne brings a sense of swagger and determination to every project and looks forward to expanding into Film and Television. The journey never ends when you’re always looking to learn more! Dwayne thanks his loving partner, parents , family, friends, mentors and teachers for their constant support in his rise from Baltimore to Broadway.