“My Own Directions: A Black Man’s Journey in the American Theater” tells the story of Sheldon Epps and his life in the theater. The memoir recounts Epps’ directing career on Broadway and how he became artistic director of the famed Pasadena Playhouse.

Epps has done major productions like the three-time Tony-nominated Duke Ellington musical, “Play On!” and the musical review “Blues in The Night”. Besides his Broadway productions, Epps has done productions across America and in London and established himself in television where he directed episodes of “The Upshaws”, “Family Reunion”, “Frasier”, “Friends “, “The George Lopez Show”. “, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “Hannah Montana”, “Instant Mom”, “Evening Shade”, “Sister, Sister”, and many others.

He was also producer and director of “Girlfriends”, for five seasons. Epps’ list of accomplishments at the Pasadena Playhouse is extensive, and his work as Artistic Director at the Playhouse spans two decades (1997-2017). He is widely credited with rejuvenating and reviving the famed theater company, which was also one of the whitest early in Epps’ career.

“Working on these memoirs was a reflective journey that brought back vivid images of moments of my long and blessed career,” Sheldon Epps said in a press release. “It was also a reminder of the many challenges that have resulted from being ‘pursued by race’ personally and professionally. These are still lingering issues in American theater that require and require continued exposure and conversation. I hope this book will contribute to the continued evolution of the theater industry. I look forward to readers joining me on this journey through my life and career.

Although Epps has received numerous awards, notable honors include the NAACP Community Service Award and the prestigious James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for his time at The Playhouse.

He has taught acting, directing and theater management at the Yale School of Drama, USC, UCLA, University of San Diego, Occidental College, and Cal State LA, among others. Epps was also honored to receive the Alumni Achievement Award from his alma mater Carnegie-Mellon University.

Epps currently works as Senior Artistic Advisor at Ford’s Theater in Washington. Epps is also the director of the upcoming BET+ movie “Chrismas Party Crashers,” which premieres Nov. 17.

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