ABOUT LELUND DUROND STUDIOS
Lelund Durond Studios was founded in 2011 by actor/writer/director Lelund Durond Thompson. Our mission is to tell universal stories that heal through music, theater, film and photography. Lelund Durond represents faith and hope. Lelund Durond represents love for people. Lelund Durond represents love for people’s creativity, Lelund Durond represents the steps toward healing and positive change that we all desire.
We at Lelund Durond Studios look forward to working with like-minded artists who share our goals of creating art that heals, inspires, and effects positive change. We appreciate your support as we continue to give back what has so graciously been given to us.
WHO IS LELUND DUROND?
My name is Lelund Durond Thompson. I’m the third of four children. I practically grew up in hospitals – my older sister Tracey, older brother Kenneth and younger brother James all suffered from congenital cirrhosis of the liver. Ultimately, Tracey lost her battle to the disease in 1988 and Kenneth and James followed over a decade later, leaving me the last of my parents’ children.
I share this because most of my parents’ attention, understandably, went to my siblings (apparently my paltry gall bladder removal operation couldn’t compete). So I started coming up with ways to gain the spotlight pretty early. This was relatively easy considering that I grew up in a family of performers – Gospel singers. We would sing for hours on end at every family function, church service and reunion. Hours.
After graduating high school, I went on to receive my BFA from North Carolina A&T State University, where I was recognized with several Paul Robeson Awards for acting and attracted 13 offers for tuition-free graduate school admission. I elected to receive my MFA from the CASE/Cleveland Play House Actor Training Program, where I had the honor of being the first ever African American male to graduate the program. After graduation, I made my move to New York City, where I’ve continued to work professionally as an actor, writer, photographer and coach. I’ve had the pleasure of performing in productions from Pittsburg to Paris. I’ve had the pleasure of working with legendary actors/writers/directors such as film pioneer Melvin Van Peebles and Tony Award®winners Trazana Beverly and Ben Harney.
In addition to my acting, I’ve also developed a great love for writing. I’ve been commissioned (with Dove Award®-winner/producer/writer, Jason Michael Webb) to write an original musical for Classical Theater of Harlem, scheduled to begin its run in late 2014. Songs that I’ve written can be found on the albums Love Lead the Way(Brooklyn Tabernacle, 2013), This is the Day(JB Spiritual Singers, 2010) and Wildflower, the debut album from Tshidi Manye who currently stars as “Rafiki” in Broadway’s The Lion King. Another collaboration with Webb (Light It Up!, recorded by legendary vocal powerhouse, Martha Wash) was selected by Bloomingdale’s to unveil their famous Christmas windows in 2011.
In 2011, I founded YellaFella Entertainment and immediately began producing and directing theater in NYC (Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Laurence Maslon’s The Devine One: Sassy Swings Tokyo), serving as associate producer and Director of Photography for music videos and webseries (Homegirls, Sh*tty Fabulous), writing and helping to coach and develop talent. My work from the photography arm of YellaFella (YF Fotography) has been published in the New York Times, in Playbills for Broadway productions and has included shoots for Ricky Martin, Daniel Radcliffe and Perez Hilton.
I also currently serve as the On-Camera coach and Videographer for one of the top industry agencies, Abrams Artists, as well as the Artistic Director of Firebone Theater. Yes, my life is super busy, and I love it. Moving to NYC and jumping in with both feet has been wonderful. I’m excited to continue making my parents proud by helping other artists realize their visions while doing more creating, developing and sharing for years to come in NYC and across the country.