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James T. Alfred is an award winning American actor. He appears currently in the role of Tyree, owner of Ghetto Studio on FOX’s hit drama Empire. Other television credits include FOX’s hit drama Prison Break, Dick Wolf’s Chicagp P.D and The Blacklist on NBC, and the Starz Original Series BOSS, starring Kelsey Grammer, Sana Lathan, and Clifford “T.I” Harris.

Along with future boxing Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr., James T. Alfred was honored by the Gale Sayers Foundation in 2015. In 2011 he received both the Ira Aldridge Award and the African-American Arts Alliance Award for Best Actor, for his work in Darren Canady’s Brother’s of the Dust. In 2010 he received special recognition from the African-American Arts Alliance for his work in August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Court Theatre in Chicago.


Mr. Alfred is also a writer.  He wrote, produced and is the sole performer of his critically acclaimed one-person play A Brown Tale. A Brown Tale was nominated for Best New Work by Broadway World.com/Minnesota and listed as one of the top five plays of 2013 by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A Brown Tale was presented at the 2016 National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Ga..

A chicago native, James T. Alfred has worked as an actor in the American Theater for almost two decades, appearing on stages across the nation.  Theater credits include the multiple Tony Award winning Steppenwolf Theater, Guthrie Theater, the Denver Center, New York’s Public Theater, Lincoln Center, National Black Theater of Harlem, Penumbra Theater, Chicago’s Second City, Chicago’s Court Theater, Congo Square, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Arizona Theater Company and others. As a stage actor Mr. Alfred has specialized in the works of August Wilson, performing in nine productions of five of the ten plays that comprise Wilson’s 20th Century Cycle. All of the Wilson productions, with the exception of two, were directed by Lou Bellamy, the foremost interpreter of Wilson’s work and Founder of Penumbra Theater. Penumbra Theater provided August Wilson his platform to become a playwright.

Mr. Alfred is a graduate of the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. He holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in acting from the Moscow Art Theater School in Moscow Russia. Mr. Alfred completed undergraduate studies at Cardinal Stritch College and was awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business. In 2012 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award for professional achievement from Cardinal Stritch University, formally Cardinal Stritch College.

Mr. Alfred has been invited to lecture at colleges and universities across the nation, including Harvard University, Davidson College, the University of Minnesota, St. Thomas University, Macalester College, Chicago State University and others. In addition, he has taught and conducted workshops in high schools through out the U.S, and is currently an ambassador to the L.E.A.D Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to providing financial support and mentorship to college students. James T. Alfred is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and a proud alumnus of the Piney Woods School.

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