Mr. Jiles King

Jiles King is an accomplished theatre, television and film director, producer and educator. He is the founder of DFWBlackArts and Urban Arts. With DFW Black Arts, he created and executive produced the Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Awards, now in its 3rd year. In February 2018, Jiles produced UnityFest Dallas, a free 2-day community empowerment event at the African American Museum. Urban Arts holds art workshops for youth and adults in underserved communities.

In 2013, he returned from New York City to serve as the first Chief Executive Director for The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL). At TBAAL, he had the opportunity to work with a plethora of artists including the late Ruby Dee, Diahann Carol, Debbi Morgan, Fantasia, Ledisi, Loretta Divine, Malik Yoba and Malcolm Jamal Warner. Some of his favourite projects include associate producer of A Night with Ruby Dee at the world famous Apollo Theater, associate producer of the Tony Award-winning Negro Ensemble Theater’s The Monkey of My Back starring Debbi Morgan and director of production for the 2017 Riverfront Jazz Festival.

Jiles received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and his MFA from Columbia University in Theater Producing and Management. While in New York he worked on Broadway with Disney Theatrical Group and produced numerous theatrical plays and festivals.