Animation Magazine

Kemp Powers


Writer and Co-director, Soul [Pixar] New Voice of the Year Award

Kemp Powers is the writer and co-director of the studio’s eagerly anticipate­d feature

Soul, which premieres on Disney+ on Dec.

25. Powers grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He attended both Howard University and the

University of Michigan. Prior to Pixar, Powers was an award-winning playwright, television and film screenwrit­er, and journalist. His play One Night in Miami… received three LA Drama Critics Circle Awards and four NAACP Theatre Awards, and was nominated for the 2017 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. He adapted it into a feature film, which is being directed by Oscar-winning actress Regina King. He was also a writer for the TV series Star Trek: Discovery and has toured nationally as a storytelle­r for the Peabody Award-winning series The Moth.

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