In honor of Johnny Lee Davenport

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
       William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18

Johnny Lee Davenport lived his life with passion. 
Some say he was larger than life.  His legacy as a talented actor and cherished mentor prove that to be true.

One thing is for certain, Johnny Lee had big dreams. He wanted to give back to the acting community that gave so much to him. 

He dreamed of launching a progressive training program for actors of color who have a specific passion for classical theatre. He envisioned empowering  mentors and teachers to work with the next generation of actors and the ones after that.

This was his passion, and he was planning to retire from the stage to dedicate himself to it, full time,  after his final performance of  August Wilson's Fences on May 17, 2020.

As you know, he had to withdraw from Fences when he became gravely ill in November, and, on February 2, 2020 we lost him to Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

To honor Johnny's legacy, we've launched "Beyond Classical Theatre," the name he had given to his training project, as a new non-profit organization that will offer grants, determined and developed annually, to actors of color who want to elevate their performance in classical theatre.

Please help us get started so we can make Johnny's generous dream a reality.  A donation of any size will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your help. You will receive a progress update as we move forward!

Take care and, as Johnny would say, "Hold a good thought. "

The BCT Team, Johnny's family and friends


    • $100 
    • 8 d
  • Heather Coulter Kemp 
    • $100 
    • 20 d
  • Michael Brown 
    • $25 
    • 1 mo
  • Richard McElvain 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Danielle Patenaude 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
See all

Fundraising team: Beyond Classical Theatre (2)

Kelly Cook 
Ayer, MA
Danielle Naugler 
Team member
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