Dedrick Weathersby

Playwright Lyricist

Dedrick Weathersby a Longview Texas native. A 2022 Emmy Award Winner for Best Interview and Discussion with Theatre Corner on PBS/KPBS. A Broadway World Award Winner and NAACP Award Winner. As a child, his dream was to become a professional actor/singer and impact the world and his community through his story telling and music. Years and dreams later, he's living that dream, paying it forward and still has more to do. Dedrick has been a professional actor since 2010 and performed in numerous Broadway Musicals and Plays. Dedrick is a proud member of Actors Equity Union, a union for professional stage actors, SAG-AFTRA a union for film/television and Dramatist Guild Union, for Playwrights. 

The proud Founder and Executive Director of Super Bad Theater Company and Weathersby Productions LLC/Publishing.

Dedrick released his second album titled "5 Minutes Til Places" (Songs of Broadway); available on all streaming platforms, This album is a personal tribute to Broadway shows that are near and dear to Dedrick's heart and his career,

Dedrick is an accomplished author of 5 published books, his most recent literary success would be "How I See Myself - Inspirational Short Vignettesfor African American Children". Dedrick is a firm believer, if you remember those humble beginnings, you can use each moment for future endeavors and "You can't lose giving to others". 

Dedrick debuted 'Remembering James'- The Life and Music of James Brown on February 10, 2019 to a SOLD OUT audience and continued for a 6 month run with the collaboration of Boxcar Theatre & the Creators of Speakeasy San Francisco. The show Embarked on a National Tour from 2019-2020 (Pre-Pandemic) and performed over 60 Shows. Dedrick would continue touring to states and cities based on request from fans, promoters and theater partners until closing on May 14. 2022.

The New Teacher (A Stage Play Comedy) premiered in Dedrick's hometown of Longview, TX on February 19, 2022 with the collaboration of Longview Independent School District (Bramlette Elementary) and performed a Encore on March 12, 2022 by Popular Demand. This show will continue to provide artistic opportunities to youth in marginalized communities where Theatre is not apart of their schools.  

Early Life:

​Dedrick Weathersby born on April 6, 1990 in Marshall Texas to Alvin Weathersby and Carolyn Hutchinson. Raised in Longview Texas by Bobby and Carolyn Nelson. Many that knows the hometown name “Hollywood” would say Dedrick's acting start was at Pinewood Park Elementary in the Nutcracker, under the direction of Mrs. Delia Williams. His secondary training would be at Foster Middle School, in a plethora of plays under the direction of Mrs. Mattie Cuba, which Mrs. Cuba mentioned “You want to add singer, dancing and acting to your skills as an all around actor”. His final hometown training would be at Longview High School, under the direction of Mrs. Pam Mc Mercer, where he performed in multiple musicals and plays and competed in UIL (University Interscholastic League)- One Act competition. Dedrick would attend Lon Morris College on a Full Ride Scholarship in Musical Theatre and Academics. Dedrick became the first African American Student Body President at LMC and graduate with two Associates in Musical Theatre and Business Management. Dedrick also attended The University of Texas at Tyler where he would obtain his degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Management. He would reside in Tyler Texas until he received a vision of God on moving to California. Dedrick made the big move on August 12, 2012 in his 1998 Buick Lesabre with a leap of faith to pursue his life long dream of being a full-time actor.  

Honors and Awards

*2022 Emmy Award Winner in the category of "Interview Discussion" with Theater Corner on PBS/KPBS

* Broadway World Awards 2020,2021 &2022 Winner "Best Solo Performance" , Best Musical,  Best Lead in a Musical and Best Script in Remembering James- The Life and Music of James Brown. 

* Broadway World 2013 and 2014 nomination for "Person to Watch"/ "Best Actor in a Musical"

* Broadway World Awards 2017 and 2018 Winner for "Best lead actor in a musical", "Best Lead actor in a play","Best solo performance". 

* 2014, 2015 and 2016 Theater Bay Area nomination for Best Male Principal/supporting Actor in a Musical     

* Martin Luther King Jr. 1st place Monologue  
* Young Director of the Year Award
* Political and Inspirational Ursula Award for short film

* Spiritual Ursula Award Winner for Feature Play Film

* 02/26/15 Marked Dedrick "Hollywood" Weathersby Day in Hallsville TX