Leslie Odom Jr.
Tony Award-Winning Actor & Musician
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Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom, Jr. has most recently been seen in the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the role of ‘Aaron Burr.’

He is a Grammy Award winner as a principal soloist on Hamilton’s Original Broadway Cast Recording, which won the 2015 award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Odom, Jr. originated the role of ‘Burr’ in a sold-out run at The Public Theater in 2015, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical.

Odom, Jr. made his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in Rent, before heading to Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama, where he graduated with honors. He is the recipient of a 2002 Princess Grace Award for Acting, which is dedicated to identifying emerging talent in theater, dance and film.

Additional theatre credits include Leap of Faith on Broadway, for which he won the 2012 Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer on Broadway and was nominated for a Drama League Award; the 2014 musical Venice, which also played at The Public Theater; and the Encores! Off-Center production of Tick, Tick… Boom!, which was his first time working with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

On the small screen, Odom, Jr. is best-known for his portrayal of ‘Sam Strickland’ in the NBC musical series Smash, and his recurring role as ‘Reverend Curtis Scott’ on Law & Order: SVU. He’s also appeared in episodes of Gotham, Person of Interest, Grey’s Anatomy, House of Lies, Vanished and CSI: Miami. On the big screen, he starred in the 2012 film Red Tails opposite Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and David Oyelowo.

As a recording artist, his self-titled debut album was part-funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. The album was released in 2014 and then re-recorded and released again in 2016. He released the holiday album, Simply Christmas, in late 2016.

Odom, Jr. was raised in Philadelphia, and currently resides in New York City.

Speech Topics

  • Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning

    Leslie shares his life lessons on following your passions, discovering your own potential, and surrounding yourself with the right people. Failing Up is about unlocking your true potential and making your dreams come true even when it seems impossible.

Book: Failing Up - How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning
Article: How Leslie Odom Jr. Became Aaron Burr
Video: Leslie Odom Jr. On 'Hamilton', Art & Prince
Article: In the Room Where it Happens
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