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Former acting student Grayson Powell ’11 co-produced and appears in ‘Niles Dean lives in a parking lot under the bridge’




Acting alumnus Grayson powell 11 co-produced and appeared in the short film Niles Dean lives in a parking space under the bridge, which will be screened at the YoFiFests 2020 virtual festival.

The twelve-minute comedy follows Niles Dean, a man who resides in a parking space under a bridge. After a surprise visit from an old friend, man has to reckon with himself and his past transgressions. Films from other co-producers include Steven Gerhardt-King and Robbie Tann, who is playing the lead role. Powell and Nemuna Ceesay appear in supporting roles.

YoFiFest, which typically takes place at the YoFi Digital Media Art Center in Yonkers, will host its annual online festival to adapt to the challenges posed by COVID-19. YoFiFest aims to foster connections and spark conversations: the festival incorporates question-and-answer sessions into most screenings, offers a series of workshops delivered by award-winning industry professionals, and in the past has hosted events where filmmakers and moviegoers can interact.

Powell is a professional actor with over a decade of experience in stage, television, film and stand-up comedy. Her performances in New York have been at the Cherry Pit, Manhattan Repertory Theater, Columbia Stages, Riverside Theater, and Schapiro Theater. In addition, he has participated in many readings and development projects, including The beautiful and the damned (The Players Club); The boy with 7 heartss (Flamboyan Theater); Faith, love between friends (New York Science and Arts Fair); and Pride and Prejudice: The Musical and the Fireflies (The Lark Play Development Center). He has also played roles in many regional productions.

Powells’ film and television credits include appearances in Made in Jersey and Madam secretary (CBS), Modern love (Amazon), the short film This New York story (DAMN Film Series Selection), Roger and the therapeutic therapist, the award-winning short film The poet (Big Apple Film Festival, New York No Limits, New Filmmakers NY) and award-winning feature films Hedgehog, Sleep, and The sympathy card. He has also appeared in numerous commercials.

In 2019, Powell won the Broadway World Regional Theater Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and the New Hampshire Theater Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play. He is also in pre-production for the feature film 3 Worker Films Inflate and writing their second feature film, which will begin shooting in December of this year.

Powell has taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Long Island University. Currently, he teaches at the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.

YoFiFest will run from November 7, 2020 to November 22, 2020. Full festival passes and ticket packs can be purchased here. Individual tickets can be purchased by clicking on the films page here.

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