Bio

Kendrick Dial, Jesse Mills at SD Fringe Festival

Kendrick Dial, Jesse Mills at SD Fringe Festival

Kendrick Dial is an example of what is possible when you focus on your strengths, and you are able to couple your purpose with your passion. He serves in a diverse range of roles that enable him to use his abilities as an artist, counselor, consultant, coach, trainer and teaching artist. He attended SDSU where he received his BA in Africana Studies/Psychology in 2010. In 2013, he graduated from USC with his MSW with a concentration in Community Organization and Policy Administration. Interning with the policy analyst under Child Welfare Services was an insightful and rewarding experience that truly opened him to the possible roles as a social worker. He currently works with the following organizations:  San Diego City College, Strengths Consulting Group, Child Welfare Development Academy and the Old Globe Theatre. He has worked previously with National Conflict Resolution Center, The Restorative Justice Mediation Program, The Playwrights Project,YMCA, BOOST Collaborative.

On the creative side, Kendrick started as an accomplished spoken word artist publishing his first poetry book Da JOYNT, in 2005. He has worked with the poetry collective, Collective Purpose for over 10 years hosting one of Southern California’s highest attended open mic events, ELEVATED. He has collaborated to perform and produce shows that inspire, challenge, educate and entertain with a number arts based organizations. One of the notable organizations he collaborates with is called BkSoul, which is an ensemble with includes spoken word artists, dancers, vocalist and musicians whose shows revolve around social justice, self awareness and building community. bkSoul productions include noted works such as Illegible, Hip Hop Saved my Life, The Movement, HER and Lioness. In 2010, upon discovering his innate love for music, he confounded an award winning spoken soul band called the Lyrical Groove.  Although Kendrick has always had an appreciation for the theatre, he was truly able to dive into his appreciation by working with the Playwrights Project and  then partaking in various theatre productions. In 2017, he was a part of the spoken word opera Ordinary Magic. In 2018, he was cast in the POP Tour production of Home of the Brave (La Jolla Playhouse), and then Blacktop Sky (Ira Aldridge Theatre). He is also a teaching artist with the Old Globe. He recently completed a veteran playwriting workshop with the La Jolla Playhouse where he is working on his own two person production. 

Over the years Kendrick has collaborated with numerous organizations creative various creative projects that further the mission of those organizations. These include: Eveoke Dance Theatre, YMCA, Transcendance, SDSU Theatre Department Mo’olelo Theatre.