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Keyon Monté is a Kansas City native whose work has found homes in many parts of the world. His upbringing exposed him to many of the arts that have become the foundation to which he feeds his faith and creative thought. His grandfather, a painter and comic illustrator possessed a style of storytelling that permeated his childhood, allowing Keyon to develop his craft at a very young age. Two grandmothers, one a poet, and the other a world traveler, exposed him to theater which he found to be the most exhilarating way to combine his skills.


He earned a BA in Costume Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he sharpened his eye for detail. Since then, he has designed educational productions, devised theatre and film. At La MaMa ETC his desire to write for the theatre was ignighted with his first one-act play, QUEEN, that was developed abroad in Italy. In 2020, he completed a portrait series using storytelling to uplift the Black community in a continuous dialogue. The series remains his most popular, featured in galleries and editorials. His art work has also been in ad campaigns for Broadway productions like A Strange Loop, Hadestown, and Six. Off-Broadway his work has been displayed in key art and show posters for The New Group, National Black Theatre, Remy Bumpo and more. 

Now as a playwright, he funnels his imagination into several ambitious narratives, centered among the perspectives of the black and brown, combing history for constellations of experiences to explore in our current climate. Keyon is currently working on his three act play N***** HEAVEN eyeing a premiere in NYC in 2025. 

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