"Tom Todoroff has built an intensive Conservatory that challenges and inspires artists. Actors leave with strengths that sustain them for years to come. I've seen it when they are in the classroom; and later, when they are colleagues on the set."
Stephen McKinley Henderson was born in Kansas City, Missouri, Henderson starred opposite Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in the Academy-Award winning film "Fences" and on Broadway (Tony nomination). Other Broadway credits include, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", "King Hedley II", "A Doll's House Part 2", "A Raisin in the Sun", "Dracula the Musical", etc. Off Broadway work includes originating the role of Turnbo in "Jitney", "Zooman and the Sign", "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot", "Between Riverside and Crazy", etc. Television work includes "Law & Order", "Law & Order SVU", "Law & Order Criminal Intent", "Tyler Perry's House of Payne". Other film work includes "Lincoln", "Lady Bird" (Academy Award), "Manchester by the Sea" (Academy Award) etc. Mr. Henderson is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Theatre and Dance for the State University of New York at Buffalo. Education includes Lincoln University, The Juilliard School (Group I), North Carolina School of the Arts and Purdue University. HIs work was an actor, director and educator is documented in the "Oxford University Press African American Biography". Henderson delivered the commencement address and received Juilliard's Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, May 19, 2017. The following day, he gave the Commencement address for the Tom Todoroff Conservatory's Ensemble IV.