Royce Mann

Poet, Actor

Royce Mann, 15, has taken action with his family throughout his life to make the world a better place. Royce unexpectedly gained internet and media attention in 2016 for a school slam poem leading to other spoken word poems about race, gender, privilege, and equality issues (“White Boy Privilege,” “All Lives Matter, But …” and “Rise Up”). He has since been interviewed and performed on all major networks in North America, on various talk shows, and at events for Univision, with Black Lives Matter, and at services at various houses of worship. He was also honored by the King family on MLK Day 2017 as a performer at Ebenezer Church.

In the past year, Royce has been a keynote and featured speaker/panelist/performer/workshop facilitator at numerous events, including the GLAAD Youth Awards, the Hatch Experience in Big Sky, Montana, and again at SXSW in Austin, the True Colors conference for LGBTQ youth, Urban Teachers, People of Color Conference of the National Association of Independent Schools, and the National Youth Leadership Council and Service Learning Conference. At the BOOST conference, Royce recently debuted a new poem, “Patriotism.” In an effort to provide a platform for diverse youth, he is co-editing and curating a collection of youth writing with New York literary agent Massie McQuilkin. Royce’s poems have been included in a music/dance video by Dance On/Ian Eastwood and in an original choral composition at Atlanta’s Spiritual Living Center.

Royce has acted since age 7 in award-winning film and theater productions, including world premieres at the Tony-award winning Alliance Theater in Atlanta, co-starring with numerous Broadway luminaries and working with Stephen King and John Mellencamp. He was honored by the GA Entertainment Gala as a nominee for Best Youth Artist of the Year and was named Best Actor at age 9 for “Boy in the Box.” He volunteered as crew on the Italian feature film, “Bullied to Death,” a powerful statement against teen bullying, suicide and homophobia which is winning humanitarian awards worldwide. Royce and his brother Tendal have donated portions of all acting earnings to various nonprofits and maintained an account granting micro loans internationally via Kiva.

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