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Buddy Butler's extensive professional credits span numerous affiliations coast to coast and internationally. He is an original member of the Negro Ensemble Company of NYC, and was also a founding member of the Black Theatre Alliance, and the Black Theatre Network. He has appeared both on Broadway (six productions) and Off-Broadway plus two national tours. Mr. Butler is best known for his long association with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, where he was Associate Artistic Director of the Bonfils theatre for ten years and directed over thirty-five productions. His production of Samm-Art WilliamsHome was the first African-American production to tour Eastern Europe. His production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom won him the Denver Critic’s Award for Best Director and Best Production.
In Northern California, Mr. Butler has directed at the Oakland Ensemble Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in SF, Images Theatre in Sacramento, the San Jose Stage Company, City Lights Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and Tabia Theatre Ensemble where his directorial credits include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, Spunk, Flyin’ West, A Soldier’s Play, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Jar The Floor, and the World premiere of The Fragrance of Freedom. Most recently Mr. Butler directedMaster Harold and the Boys at the Sacramento Theatre Company where it was voted the best revival of the 2013 season by the Sacramento Bee.
Mr. Butler is the recipient of numerous awards including two Audelco Awards and one Obie, and the NAACP Trailblazer Award. In 2010 he received the Black Theatre Networks Winona Fletcher Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Black Theatre.
Mr. Butler is currently the artistic director of The Magic Carpet Theater in San José, CA. The Magic Carpet Theater is in residence at San José State University, where Mr. Butler is currently on the faculty of the Department of Film and Theatre. He is a graduate of Howard University and the University of Washington.