the artist’s task is not to find an audience, but to leave behind something for an audience to find.

Once known as THE NOMAD JUNKIE due to his peripatetic lifestyle and artistic promiscuity, DENNIS LEROY KANGALEE (known as Dennis Leroy Moore until 2003) is a writer, poet, actor, and guerrilla filmmaker from Queens, born to a Black  & Indian Trinidadian couple. An eternal outsider, Kangalee – which literally means “the dispossessed” was a member of Group 25 at The Juilliard School in 1994 and later left to become a theater director during NYC’s final crumbling decade leading Dionysus 2000 Theater Lab, one of the most dynamic and politically progressive theater groups in NYC in the final days before 9/11. Best known for his 2001 cult film “As an Act of Protest,” a powerful ‘line in the sand’ against racism and police brutality, he is the author of “Lying Meat & Other Poems Beneath The Oil,” (2010) and experimental hybrid works such as his ‘punk-performance’ “Gentrified Minds,” a virulent demonstration against the gentrification and the globalization of the world, as well as numerous screenplays.  

Both personal and political, Kangalee’s art reflects his own anger and frustration as he sees the world’s injustice in an everyday observation. His point-of-view is always from that of the underdog and he is a devoted Marxist- Pan-Africanist-humanist and believes that art should illuminate, affirm and disturb —  combating the forces of apathy and the colluding celebration of corporate values within the 21st-century capitalist zeitgeist.

In 2019, his Visual Liberation film pedagogy introduced his transition into criticism and art theories in his own unique way after having been involved in a twenty year artistic resistance that, while proved to be futile, gave birth to independent artworks that laid the foundation for his very own ideas regarding activism, art, and resistance against capitalism.  Fanonian readings of Black films, for example, are movies that either fulfill or betray the notion of decolonization in modern America. Visit Kangalee’s Cave for more information.  

He recently embarked on a year-round workshop of Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape and is currently collaborating with several artistic and political luminaries of the Left on a radical new film, Propaganda Restored.

When not performing or writing, Dennis Leroy Kangalee teaches acting, gives workshops on “Rebel & Protest Cinema” (comparing political films to the resistance of American folk music, for example)  and helps to promote new and old aesthetically or politically radical independent and “cult” films and plays that have been otherwise neglected by the mainstream.  He is one of the leading radical outsider (“non-academic”) film theorists and an independent scholar of Black protest drama. Available for lectures, workshops, and freelance writing assignments he can be reached at kangalee76@gmail.com.

He gave up slaying dragons

in an effort to cultivate inner gardens

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  1. aixa says:

    Pure brilliance in breath, step, soul and purpose…thank you for gifting through searching

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