Through the course of his career as a storyteller in theatre and film, Akil DuPont has earned 25 awards in 36 film festivals including 2 Student Emmys! His films have played in over 60 countries and his short film, "Underground" - a slave story told through song created in 2010, was invited by the US Department of the Interior for a special screening at US President Abraham Lincoln's Home Museum. In 2014, he was named #7 of the top 100 indie filmmaker in the world.
Akil was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Florida A&M University (FAMU) and a MFA in Film Production from Florida State University (FSU).
Recently, Akil has worked and studied tirelessly to transform "Underground" into a musical play worthy of his ancestors. After years of work, Akil was pleased to have "Underground" World Premiere as the Closing Night Event at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, travel to New York City to be directed by TONY award winner, Ben Harney, with the Negro Ensemble Company and be the very first show in the inaugural Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival in 2016!
Akil has worked in the film/television industry in the Atlanta area. He is currently a Professor and Interim Director of the Film & Digital Media Center at Clayton State University and teaches film production with the Georgia Film Academy at Pinewood Film Studios.