Lemon Andersen
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Lemon Andersen

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Band Spoken Word Broadway




""Lemon Andersen Leads Brooklyn Stories 2013""

Lemon served as Artistic Director of the inaugural Brooklyn Stories 2013 - an emerging youth spoken-word and storytelling development program, in partnership with the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center - Brooklyn Stories

""Well Into An Adulthood Full Of Award Worthy Work, Renowned Spoken Word Artist Lemon Andersen Still Keeps A Keen Eye Trained On His Sneaks""

Published September 2012 in SLAM's KICKS Magazine - SLAM's KICKS (the top magazine covering basketball culture)

""TEDYouth Ideas Worth Spreading""

Recap of Lemon Andersen's performance+presentation at the inaugural TEDYouth conference - TED.org

""His Streets, His Stories, His Life""

Lemon Andersen receives an acclaimed review from Ben Brantley in The New York Times - The New York Times

""County of Kings at the Public Theater""

Lemon Andersen's "County of Kings" reviewed in Backstage - Backstage (industry trade publication)

""Mining His Past, Defining His Future""

An excellent profile piece on Lemon Andersen in The Wall Street Journal - The Wall Street Journal

""Sundance Institute selects eight projects for 2012 Theatre Lab""

Lemon Andersen commissioned to write and develop "ToasT", his new play - SUNDANCE.org

"Additional select press reviews are located in Lemon's 'PHOTOS' section,"

please take a moment to click through the 'PHOTOS' section, thanks! - self

""Lemon Andersen Lovingly Shares His Beautiful Struggle""

Lemon Andersen's "County of Kings" at the Spoleto Festival reviewed in the Charelston City Paper - Charleston City Paper



A testimonial from Oskar Eustis (Artistic Director, Public Theater):

"Lemon's story is astonishing, but his voice is even more remarkable - lyrical, funny, explosive, smart and surprisingly sweet. He is a mesmerizing performer, but is also a vital and important writer."

A testimonial from Michael Cirelli (Executive Director, Urban Word NYC) about Lemon's reputation for teaching spoken-word poetry to college and high school students:

"Lemon Andersen has been supporting the work, and most importantly the young poets of Urban Word NYC for almost a decade. What's most impressive, is that he is less interested with the spectacle of slam poetry, but rather is committed to leading our students to a place where they can thrive as professional young artists. Lemon takes his craft and journey very seriously, and his role transcends being merely an inspiration to our young people, as he commits his entire career (from the stage to the screen) as a touchstone for future artists who have the potential to succeed despite any adversity. It's more than star power with Lemon, it's about the work, the craft, and the vision that he leaves with the young poets of Urban Word NYC. Lemon is a class act, a true teacher and mentor, and an amazing friend to our organization."

A testimonial from Tom Oppenheim (Artistic Director, Stella Adler School of Acting) about Lemon developing and leading a spoken-word curriculum at the conservatory:

"I’ve had the privilege and downright thrill of working with Lemon Andersen on a spoken-word intensive. This program, which grew out of Lemon’s desire to pass on his vast store of knowledge about spoken-word poetry and performance to younger generations, is an utterly unique program and one he is uniquely qualified to teach. From Brooklyn to Broadway, from the penitentiary to the Public Theater, Mr. Andersen has lived his life with a passion to connect with his own humanity and with other people. In short, in addition to being a poet and an actor, Lemon is a born teacher. Lemon’s teaching is characterized by compassion but also by the same uncompromising quest for excellence that he applies to his own art. Thanks to Lemon's love of language, facility for passionate self-expression and gift for teaching, this program has the potential to help future generations become more sensitized, through their relationship to words, to their own humanity and to the world they live in."

A testimonial from Spike Lee:

"Lemon is a young man who possesses a wealth of talent and knows how to tell a story. He joins the legacy of storytellers from Brooklyn."



Lemon Andersen is a performance artist, playwright and Tony Award-winning poet.

The Sundance Institute commissioned the development of ToasT, Lemon's new play to be staged in 2013 at the Public Theater in New York City. For a decade, his performances have rocked iconic venues including Harlem's Apollo Theater, San Francisco’s Theatre On The Square, Gammage in Arizona, Charleston’s Spoleto Festival, Brooklyn’s Irondale Center, the Chicago Theatre, New York State’s Spiegeltent, and the Kodak and Montalban Theatres in Los Angeles.

Spike Lee produced Lemon's coming-of-age autobiographical memoir County of Kings at the Public Theater. His performance received an acclaimed review from Ben Brantley of The New York Times. Since its 2009 debut, County of Kings has been staged in the United States from coast-to-coast, in Europe and South Africa. Published in 2010, the play’s script was awarded the New York Book Festival’s Grand Prize.

Lemon won a Tony Award in 2003 for Def Poetry Jam, produced by Russell Simmons on Broadway and broadcast on HBO for six seasons. He earned his classically trained chops at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab and his work has received support from the Sundance Institute, Ford Foundation, Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As a guest instructor at the esteemed Stella Adler Studio (2011-2012) Lemon developed the first spoken-word intensive to be offered at an actors’ conservatory. He has led college workshops and performed at campuses, from the University of Wisconsin to Syracuse University to UC Berkeley and Harvard.

In 2011 the TED organization invited Lemon to perform at their inaugural TEDYouth event, live streamed to 16 countries. Lemon was also selected to join the Sundance Institute's Playwrights Retreat that same year. In the spring of 2012 Lemon participated in Australia's Sydney Writers Festival and New Zealand's Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.

On the big screen, Lemon appeared opposite Denzel Washington in Spike Lee’s Inside Man and in The Soloist, with Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx. LEMON, a documentary film portrait of his life and career path (Executive Producers, Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan) was applauded at domestic and international film festivals prior to its National PBS Broadcast in the fall of 2012.

Lemon received his largest audience ovation in the summer of 2005 at the Live 8 Concert in Philadelphia. Four hundred thousand concertgoers watched and heard Lemon rock a memorable spoken-word performance on the same stage as Jay-Z, the Dave Mathews Band and Stevie Wonder.

Adding to Lemon's body of work are the brand marketers who are seeking his unique cultural perspective. For the 2011 NBA playoffs, Lemon worked with basketball star Carmelo Anthony in a campaign backed by Boost Mobile. He penned an original piece centering on Carmelo's trade to the New York Knicks. Lemon's creative writing formed the campaign’s backbone and Spike Lee directed Carmelo in a commercial spot featuring Lemon's words and voiceover.

Lemon has been interviewed and profiled by National Public Radio, The New York Times, NBC TV, and The Wall Street Journal. His engaged YouTube audience totals upwards of one million video views.

A native New Yorker, he was raised by his Puerto Rican Mother and Grandmother. Lemon continues to reside in Brooklyn, where he and his wife are proudly raising their daughters in the County of Kings.