"Brother Man" by Christopher Varnado
Vin is a published writer, acclaimed storyteller, international actor, and director. Vin performed on Broadway as Tom Collins in Rent and John in Miss Saigon, and toured nationally with Rent, Miss Saigon, Honk, and Big River. He is a resident artist at Artists Repertory Theatre, where his previous productions include A Civil War Christmas, (I Am Still) the Duchess of Malfi, and Superior Donuts, for which he won a 2011 Portland Drammy Award for Lead Actor. He has performed with Oregon Children’s Theatre, Staged!, Portland Opera, and CoHo Productions. Vin was voted Portland’s Best Actor by Willamette Week’s Reader’s Poll (2016), has won three Portland Drammy Awards (2011), and has an Audelco Award for Best Actor in a Play for Black Man Rising (2006). Vin has a B.F.A. in musical theatre from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City (2005). Vin is an accomplished writer and acclaimed live storyteller, whose work can be heard on The Moth podcast and at Back Fence PDX. He is also working on a collection of short stories about his childhood.