Jos N. Banks (he/they) A true renaissance man… Jos N. Banks is a multi- award winning Visual/ Performing Arts Artist, Costume Designer, Stylist & Teaching Artist hailing from Chicago, IL. Tours: International (US, Canada, China & Singapore ) – KINKY BOOTS (Lola), North American / Canadian – HAIR (Hud), THE COLOR PURPLE (Harpo). Regional: MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT – Joan Jett Blakk (Steppenwolf), SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (Farmers Alley Theatre), DADA WOOF PAPA HOT (About Face Theatre), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Paramount Theatre), THE COLOR PURPLE & SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE (Drury Lane Theatre), FAR FROM HEAVEN & THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Porchlight Music Theatre), DDR SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Raven Theatre), HAIRSPRAY (Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre), THE STORY OF CURTIS MAYFIELD & THE OTHER CINDERELLA (Black Ensemble Theatre), SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE (Theo Ubique/ Royal George). Film: “Ocean” in Showtime’s “THE CHI”, “Dr. Greg Martinson” in Showtime’s “WORK IN PROGRESS” & Rise Against’ music video “Make It Stop” (Lead). Jos is a well rounded designer, having interned with Micheal Kors at Teen Vogue Magazine, in NYC for his fashion designs and illustrations. Deemed WINNER of StageScene LA’s “Scenie” Award for “Break Out Performance in a Touring Production” as Lola in KINKY BOOTS in 2018 & nominated Best Costume Designer for the 2012, 2016/17 & 2019 BTAA (Black Theater Alliance Awards). Jos also serves as curator and keynote speaker of his very own Master Class, entitled “#BeFEARLESS” which he has now instructed to young theatre artisans from grade school to collegiate, nationally. Representation: Paonessa Talent Agency. Be FEARLESS. Proverbs 3:5. www.FearlessJos.com // Follow Me: @JosNBanks
Up Next: playing the role of “Creator” in Porchlight Music Theatre’s PASSING STRANG, as well as Costume Designer. Serving as Costume Designer for “The Year Of Magical Thinking” at Remy Bumpo, as well as Resident Costume Designer for the 2022 Season at About Face Theatre.
Bio as of 2022