Nathan Lee Graham and Maria-Christina Oliveras

A Conversation with Nathan Lee Graham, hosted by Maria-Christina Oliveras

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 1:00pm


Wesleyan Assistant Professor of Theater and Embodying Antiracism Faculty Fellow Maria-Christina Oliveras holds a conversation with Nathan Lee Graham. A Grammy-Award winning star of Broadway, film, and television, Graham is also known for his activism, promoting the impact of queer studies outside of academia, and was the recipient of the José Esteban Muñoz award from The Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York. He is currently playing Hermes in the Broadway national tour of Hadestown.

Nathan Lee Graham is an American actor and singer. He has been the originator of over seventeen roles on stage and screen. He is most known for the films Zoolander, Zoolander 2, Sweet Home Alabama, and Hitch. On the small screen, he has been seen in The Comeback, Scrubs, Absolutely Fabulous, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Broad City, and as Bernard in LA to Vegas. He currently appears as Draque Noir on the Hulu series Woke, and will next be seen as Clive DeWitt in the feature film Theater Camp. His stage appearances include the original Broadway casts of The Wild Party and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (both of which were Tony nominees). Graham received a 2017 Lucille Lortel nomination for “Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical” for The View UpStairs; and a 2016 Independent Reviewers of New England award for “Best Supporting Actor in a Play” for The Colored Museum. Graham also received a Drama League Award nomination for the role of Rey-Rey in the off-Broadway production of Tarell Alvin McCraney's Wig Out. In 2005, he won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for “Best Feature Performer in a Musical” for The Wild Party’s Los Angeles premiere, and that same year earned a "Best Classical Album" Grammy Award for Songs of Innocence and of Experience as a soloist.

Images (from left): Nathan Lee Graham (photo by Andrew Werner Photography) and Maria-Christina Oliveras (photo by Lia Chang).