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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.



I’m Lelund Durond Thompson, founder of Lelund Durond Studios. I enjoy using my  skills as an actor, acting coach, photographer, writer and director to tell stories that  heal and capture people in their best light.  After studying acting at North Carolina A&T State University (BFA) and Case/Cleveland Play House (MFA), I started my career as a professional actor in New  York while also working regional, off-Broadway and international shows in theaters  and venues like Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Sons d’Hiver Festival in Paris (with iconic American artist Melvin van  Peebles). In 2010, I discovered my passion for photography. Since then, my photos have been  featured in publications like The New York Times, LA Times, People Magazine, GQ and  Playbill.  I’ve enjoyed capturing artists from Ricky Martin to Sting, Daniel Radcliff to Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Erivo, Corey Hawkins, and many of New York’s and  Hollywood’s most talented artists.  

One of my favorite survival jobs was as the “on-camera guy” at one of the biggest  talent agencies in New York (for minimum wage). I combined my love for coaching  and videography to help many of their clients book their dream roles in theater, television, and film. After being denied a raise and told that I should be happy to  work for the agency, I chose to launch my own company. 


In 2014, I founded Lelund Durond Studios, attracting and securing clients/projects  like Diane Guerrero and Joivan Wade (“Doom Patrol”, HBO Max), Radha  Blank (Sundance 2019 Directing Award Winner for “The Forty Year Old Version”,  coming to Netflix) and "Respect", the upcoming MGM feature film about the life  of Aretha Franklin (featuring clients Jennifer Hudson and Marlon Wayans). 

In 2016, the world famous Apollo Theater (in collaboration with The Classical  Theatre of Harlem) premiered “The First Noel”, an original holiday musical I wrote  with Special Tony Award recipient, Jason Michael Webb (“Respect”, Executive Music  Producer). Jason and I are currently writing a new musical, “WiLDFLOWER”, being  developed by National Black Theater in Harlem, New York. 


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