Antonio Lyons

Antonio Lyons
Born Antonio David Lyons
(1971-12-20) December 20, 1971
Occupation Actor, poet, musician, social activist
Years active 1993–present

Antonio David Lyons is an American actor, musician, poet and social activist, popular for his roles as Lawrence in "American History X" and as Thomas Mirama in Hotel Rwanda, starring alongside Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo and Hakeem Kae-Kazim. He is also well known in South Africa, where he has made his home since 2003.


In 2003 Lyons relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa were he quickly became a familiar face on South African television screens, with a memorable role on SA’s favorite soapie, Generations. However it was Lyons's humble beginnings in the USA, with a notable performance in an episode of Fox's New York Undercover entitled "Toy Soldiers" that set the tone for the success's that followed. Since his early beginnings he has grown into a global brand.

His career continues to evolve with the added dimension of poetic house artist and lyricist. His signature voice and words are featured on the introduction to “Total Bliss” with Azania on Metro FM (9am- 12pm/daily). In 2007 he released his first solo project “Human Jewels”. In March 2011 his sophomore project, “We Dance We Pray”, hit shelves.

He is also the founder of We Are Here, a social sculpture project that seeks to foster an environment where the arts can impact social conditions, attitudes, perceptions and structures. The campaign was birthed in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010. It utilizes discoursive play to engage men and boys in themes of gender violence, identity, relationships and HIV/AIDS. The goal of the campaign is to provide a nurturing environment where men and boys can discover, develop and share tools that will help grow themselves and their communities. This project prompted Lyons to pursue graduate school in New York where he earned an MA in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York (CUNY).

Workshop/Performances of We Are Here have been presented at: • 2015 New Masculinities Festival (New York) • 2015 MPAACT Theatre (Chicago);dir. Daniel Bryant • 2015 Scholars in Residence at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - • 2014 The Soweto Theatre (Johannesburg,SA) • 2014 National Black Theatre (New York);dir. Rodney Gardiner • 2014 University of the Witwatersrand/Drama For Life(Johannesburg, SA) • 2013 The Midnight Projects at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival • 2012 The Performing the World Conference( New York);dir. Kelly Thomas • 2011 SEASONS: One Act Play Festival(ATH-New York) • 2011 The HUB Johannesburg • 2010 Theatre (Johannesburg,SA) ;dir. Warona Seane • 2009 Tour - Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.(Fulbright awardee) • The MenEngage Africa Symposium; dir. Lindiwe Matshikiza 2009














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