Jason Dirden will play Gerald Amis in the BET’s new drama series American Soul. Jason will be in Houston and available for interviews November 3rdand 5th. The series is about Soul Train’ creator Don Cornelius, American Soul is described as “an unflinching look at the entrepreneur, and his Soul Train dancers, crew and musicians during the 1970’s.” Gerald Amis is an established gangster and club owner who becomes Don Cornelius’ close associate, introducing him to the decadent world of LA. Production for the show began late September. A premiere date has not been set.
Jason will return to season 3 of OWN’s hit show Greenleaf as Pastor Basie Skanks October 31, 2018, at 10:00 p.m. Eastern, 9:00 p.m. Central. The Season has already taken fans on a suspenseful joyride of divorce, betrayals and more. Fans have been awaiting the arrival of Pastor Skanks to see what he has up his sleeve since disappearing to escape his debt with a loan shark in Season 2. Pastor Skanks is unpredictable, smooth and always thinking three steps ahead of his foes. When speaking of his character, Dirden says, “You may not like him, but you can’t ever argue with the truth that comes out of his mouth. He always has a way of justifying the road less traveled.”
Dirden developed an affinity for the arts while attending Booker T. Washington High School. He later honed his skills and perfected his craft at Morehouse College, obtaining a Bachelor’s of Arts in Theater, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a Master’s of Fine Arts in Acting. Dirden’s hard work, dedication, and commitment to the arts have afforded him an opportunity to work with and star opposite Hollywood’s most famed actors and actresses. To date, Dirden has appeared on Broadway in revivals of Tony Award winners, Fences and A Raisin in the Sun, opposite Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. His recent body of work includes the west coast revival of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directed by Phylicia Rashad, and the CBS procedural crime drama Elementary. Dirden’s uncanny comedic timing and ability for improv caught the eye of director and producer Tyler Perry, landing him the role of “Delante” on the hit show Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.
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