A proud native of Florence, Alabama, Garrett Turner wears many hats—including actor, singer, dancer, poet and playwright. Garrett received his B.A. in Music and Creative Writing from Emory University in Atlanta. He attended Emory on full academic scholarship as a Robert Woodruff Scholar and immediately became involved on campus, from performing poetry and dancing in a hip-hop dance crew to leading AHANA A Cappella as musical director. His junior year he received a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship which enabled him to research, write and produce a play for his senior year project entitled I Dream a World: The Life and Work of Langston Hughes. I Dream A World combined jazz and blues music, film, dance, and the performance of poetry to tell the life story of Harlem Renaissance poet, Langston Hughes. Garrett had another play produced in Atlanta at Spelman College his senior year entitled Lost for Words for which he received the Artistine Mann Award in Playwriting from Emory.
Upon graduating, Garrett was awarded the Bobby Jones Scholarship for a fully-funded year of study at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Garrett moved from his beloved home in the South across the pond to the UK where he studied theater, played basketball and traveled across Europe. At St Andrews, Garrett joined The Alleycats a cappella group and performed with them in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. During his first semester in Scotland, Garrett applied for and received the prestigious, nationally-competitive Marshall Scholarship for two fully-funded years of graduate school in the UK. So at the end of the year he packed up his things and moved down to London.
In London, Garrett underwent two years of intensive performance training, receiving an M.A. in Theatre & Performance from Queen Mary, University of London and an M.A. in Music Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. At Queen Mary, Garrett wrote and produced a full-length poetry performance entitled Reconnect: A Poetry Show. He also kept his love of a cappella alive by joining a professional a cappella group, AfterParty. Garrett is now a professional actor in New York City. In his free time, he enjoys playing scrabble, dancing in the street and learning about people’s lives.
Sing to the Lord, for He has done wonderful things! Make known His praise around the world.