Andre Minkins is an actor, director, producer, writer, and the founder of the theatrical touring company, 7AM Productions. Since receiving his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of NC at Greensboro, he has performed in, written, directed, and produced numerous plays accross the U.S. Besides touring with his own company, he has worked with other national touring groups performing theatre and poetry.
Currently, Mr. Minkins is an Associate Professor, and a coordinator of Drama at Winston Salem State University. He has taught at other institutions including Livingstone University, Shaw University, Tennessee State University, and the University of Arkansas. He has also done workshops and camps across the country, reaching out to share the gift of theatre with all ages. He is considered one of the foremost authorities on Black Theatre Festivals in the country, having been mentored by the late Larry Leon Hamlin, founder of the oldest continuous black company in the Southeast, The NC Black Repertory Company, and creator of the largest gathering of African Americans in theatre in the world, the National Black Theatre Festival. He is on the board of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, Festival Stage Winston Salem, and the DC Black Theatre Festival, where he has been both Artistic Director and Festival Coordinator. Lastly, he is a mentor and consultant to numerous former students, actors, and organizations that are involved in film, television, and theatre, including the Tampa Bay theatre Festival.
Lastly, Minkins has been trained at Second City television in Chicago, where improv has grown and matured into its most complete form and has produced some of the most iconic film, television, theatre and sketch comedy artists in the world.