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.
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, No Place To Be Somebody and five August Wilson plays- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, 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, Untamed, American Exit, The Pick Up Artist, Sweet Nothings, Pimpin' Ain't Easy and Abandoned.
As a playwright he has penned three solo shows in which he was also the performer, In Devil’s Heaven, Break It Down and Freeman in Paris (which was honored with 2011 Humanities Script writing 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 '6.7, Front Porch Society and Too Heavy For Your Pocket at the New Horizon Theater and The Colored Museum for the Oakwood School He also developed and directed a One Man Show entitled Problem Child, which he co-wrote, starring Matt McManus for the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019.