Creative Producer, Dancer and Photographer, Wanyah “Leon” Frazier is a Milwaukee Born, Jamaican - American Artist & Entrepreneur dedicated to the expansion of Arts Equity. As a Performer, Entrepreneur, Artistic Consultant and avid Arts Educator, he has explored the professional Arts world from all sides.
With organizations such as The Milwaukee Repertoire Theater, Black Arts MKE, NeWaukee, MARN ART + CULTURE HUB, Joy Engine and Danceworks in his creative portfolio, he endeavors to build a new Ecosystem for Artists of Color to live and thrive in the Midwest.
Picking up a camera in 2022, Wanyah Leon quickly fell in love with the ability to capture moods and moments. His photographic portfolio includes a diverse blend of natural light portraiture, lifestyle and event photography.
Through photography, he aspires to capture Artists & Peoples of Color through a luminous lens; giving depth to their creative and lived experiences.
Movement is ingrained in Wanyah Leon's very being. Diving into his dance journey at the age of 11, Wanyah inspired to mine the depths of Dance Arts. Practicing a plethora of movement styles including Afrobeats, Contemporary, Tap, Latin Styles and Ballroom, he's had the privilege of developing a diverse movement foundation. As he's transitioned from performer to Arts Leader, Wanyah has continued his movement practice though instruction, Choreography and mentorship.
With a spirit of continued scholarship, he seeks new way to embody the principles of dance methodology and discipline.
As a part of his mission to uplift and support Artists of Color, Wanyah Leon actively works to cultivate the "Ecosystem", a network of organizations, artists and leaders that work collaboratively to create continual opportunities for Artists to create and thrive.
With more organizations planned to launch in 2024, the following orgs are directly under his purview:
WoLF Studios MKE | (Owner) A Multi-media, Multi-genre Design & Production Firm
Insomniac MKE | (Co-Owner) A Production & Event Studio
Black Nativity | (Artistic Direction) A Musical presented annually by Black Arts MKE
Milwaukee Night Market | (Booking) An Annual Street Festival hosted by Westown Association