About The Director
Monti Washington proves that your upbringing doesn’t determine your outcome. Forced to live in poverty due to his mother’s drug addiction, Monti slept on cardboard boxes, cars, driveways, abandoned buildings and crack houses. Living in areas with heavy gang violence, he witnessed his family’s many encounters with police officers, as well as the FBI. Monti spent much of his time in the foster system moving from his birthplace, Phoenix, Arizona to Brooklyn, New York, back to Arizona, to Ohio, and Texas, enduring abuse from foster parent after foster parent.
Despite his adversity, Monti would go on to obtain two college degrees, become a nationally recognized motivational speaker, a published author, an award-winning poet, and a professional actor. His book, titled, From Streets to the Stage, delves deeper into his upbringing and rise to the top, sharing lessons on how to make it from the streets of your fears to the stage of your dreams.
To date, Monti has starred in several features such as She’s With Me and Club Dead. You can also catch Monti on an episode of MOM on CBS, as a guest star on the comedic series One N’ Done and as a recurring guest star on Where The Bears Are. Commercially he can be seen on spots for Microsoft, Nike and Verizon.
Now, directing his first play, Monti invites you to join him on his directorial debut as he continues to unite and inspire.
When Lives Matter is an original play set in two realities that explores politics, race, and police brutality.
When Lives Matter is a reflection of the times were in. Echoing the voices of generations struggling to find their place in society. When Lives Matter allows the audience to hear both sides of the story; giving the opportunity to take an honest look into the hearts and minds of the privileged, oppressed, and those in power.
Opening night of the play is January 12, 2017 at The Lounge Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The play will run for two weekends on the following dates in January: 13 ,14, 20, 21, and 22.
Nina Simone once said, “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” Art can express and expand on an idea and reach more people than discussions can alone.
Using this play as a catalyst, we hope the story ignites healthy discussions. Because…
WHEN LIVES MATTER, voices are heard, people are understood, equality is a reality.
WHEN LIVES MATTER, every life, no matter the race, ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation, is treated with the same regard as any other.