Herbert Lee Newsome III was born in Staten Island, NY. One of 11, yeah, that's right, 11 children of Antoinette and Herbert Lee Newsome, Jr. He is an actor, writer, director and all around artist currently splitting time between New York and Los Angeles. He began his acting career as a young boy in the Off-Broadway play Black Girl by J.E. Franklin at the Second Stage Theater staring a young Angela Bassett. He then went on to appear in the John Sayles film The Brother From Another Planet, and James Tobak's The Pick Up Artist. After getting bit wit the bug early on, acting came in and out of his life. It wasn't until that fateful day as a sophomore economics major contemplating life in the business world, that he realized what it was he actually wanted to do. The next day, boom, changed his major to theater, and he was off. He received his BA in Theater from the University at Albany before going on to get his MFA in Acting from Penn State.
As an actor his selected theater credits include A Raisin in the Sun, The Meeting, News To Me, Macbeth, Richard III, Revenge of a King, Take Me Out, 911: A Day in the Life of a People, Re:Definition, Freeman in Paris, No Place To Be Somebody and five August Wilson plays- Ma Rainey’s Black Botton, Fences, Jitney, The Piano Lesson, Radio Golf. He has been a part of many theater festivals across the country including, the New York International Fringe Festival, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The National Black Theater Festival (Winston-Salem, N.C.), and around the world at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. His Film credits include The Brother from Another Planet, The Pick Up Artist, Sweet Nothings, Pimpin' Ain't Easy and Abandoned. He is cast in the upcoming feature Miranda directed by Kent Sutton.
As a playwright he has penned Three solo shows, In Devil’s Heaven, Break It Down and Freeman in Paris a which was honored with 2011 Humanities Scriptwriting Award presented by the Institute of African American Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. His full length play Revenge of a King, a hip-hop musical based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, has been produced in 8 cities across the country as well as the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.
As a director his credits include Revenge of a King for the NY International Fringe Festival, the national tour of Roll of Thunder Hear, My Cry for the National Theater of Arts and Education, Forgivable Sins, a finalist at the Samuel French One Act Festival in NYC, Sing Black Hammer and Journey of the Spirits at the Kuntu Repertory Theater, and Topdog/Underdog, Detroit '67 and Front Porch Society at the New Horizon Theater. He is currently directing a One Man Show entitled Problem Child, which he co-wrote, starring Matt McManus for the Hollywood Fronge Festival 2019.
Herb is a founding member of THE STANDARD, an artist collective dedicated to the development of new works in the arts. The group has a successful production of Detroit ’67 by Dominique Morisseau, which is nominated for 3 NAACP theater awards for 2016.
Herb is currently living in Los Angeles, CA.