About Dwayne Boyd, Founder
A self-described perfectionist, actor Dwayne Boyd believes in delivering his true essence in every performance. His ability to engage and affect his audiences through acting proves the potential of this rising star. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Boyd recognized his love for acting early in life. After completing high school, he served in the United States Army for seven years. Shortly after his tenure with the Armed Forces, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue his acting career.
Boyd's acting skills were first honed in Atlanta-area theater productions, which included To Kill a Mockingbird and A Man's World. Boyd has since decided to train other aspiring actors to perfect their crafts by developing the Premier Actor's Network, a group that holds weekly acting classes in Decatur, Georgia. With over 70 students on his roster, Boyd managed to impress accomplished actor, writer and director Robert Townsend, with his commitment to give back. This prompted Townsend to offer Boyd the use of rehearsal space at the network offices of the Black Family Channel, to accommodate his growing and successful classes.
Boyd’s commitment to the art of entertainment transcends his skills as just an actor. He’s found himself writing, directing and producing short films, as well, through Mandara Pictures. This company, founded as a partnership with actor and director Erik Eddings, has produced works such as Ruthless Company and Wanted: Video Girl. In 2004, the group was tapped to produce several episodes of Gory Stories, a children's program on the Black Family Channel.
Pursuing dreams as an actor has been a labor of love for Boyd. Still, his talent began to pay off, with a starring role as Oscar in the 2005 Screen Gems production The Gospel, starring Boris Kodjoe, Idris Elba and Omar Gooding. This film role follows Boyd's work in television, which included appearances in episodes of NBC’s Surface, Lifetime's hit shows Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva, and Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.
As a talented actor who respects and continually improves his craft, Boyd has positioned himself for further success as the filmmaking industry takes notice. Beginning with his feature film, a romantic comedy titled 4 Minutes; which he wrote, produced, and directed, was not only accepted into the prestigious American Black Film Festival (ABFF) of 2008, in Miami, it was ranked top four out of 600 entries; and additionally accepted into the International Black Film Festival (IBFF) in Nashville 2009. He’s also directed the SAG feature film; The Ivy League
Boyd’s work also proudly consists of the 2012 films, Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, starring opposite Jennifer Garner and Common and, the Oscar Nominated film adaption of the enormously popular book series The Hunger Games, starring Oscar Nominee Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harellson, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland. Dwayne Boyd has added a slew of credits to his portfolio with his latest work to include the films, Vengeance: A Love Story, starring Nicholas Cage in 2017, Hangman starring Al Pacino released in 2017, Jacobs Ladder staring Michael Ealy in 2017 and Jimmy Part 1, Did You Get One?, and Grass Stains released both released in 2015.
Finally, Boyd's success as Instructor of Premier Actor's Network (PAN) continues to soar as his latest accolade includes the coaching of Janelle Monáe in the Oscar Nominated film Hidden Figures. Boyd incorporates on-camera work, monologues, improvisations, scene study, and character development within his classes; to prepare his students for roles in TV, film, commercials, and theatre. He then provides them with an acting showcase at least twice a year, where they perform in front of hundreds of family, friends and industry personnel, such as; agents, casting directors, and producers. His recent showcase deemed to be the best showcase thus far in metro Atlanta; as exclaimed by very prominent talent agents and casting directors in attendance. In addition to the many accolades, eighty percent of the actors obtain opportunities for agent representation following the showcase. That being an accomplishment within itself, Boyd finds great joy in seeing his diligent work with his students pave the road for their success; which continues to drive him to strive for perfection in the art, live his dream, and fulfill his destiny!