Andre D. Wagner
  • Age
  • Title
    Actor, Producer, and Screenwriter
  • Company
    Hillman Grad

Chicago native Lena Waithe has been working toward revolutionizing the culture in Hollywood for nearly two decades. She jetted to L.A. following college graduation to get her start in television, and later became the first Black woman to win an Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series on Master of None. The producer, writer, actor, and founder of multi-platform entertainment company Hillman Grad is an advocate for queer representation in the industry. Pulling inspiration from her own experiences as a masculine-presenting queer woman of color, Waithe wrote and executive produced Twenties, the first series on the BET network to center on a queer lead character. Waithe is also the creator of Showtime series The Chi, a coming-of-age drama that highlights the bond among residents living on Chicago’s South Side. Off-screen, Waithe amplifies marginalized storytellers' voices through the Hillman Grad Mentorship Lab, providing them with an opportunity to break into the industry.       Follow: Instagram