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Emmy Award winner Billy Porter taking directing talents to the screen, helming episode of ‘Pose’

2019-09-28

It’s widely believed that award wins lead to more lucrative work roles.

It proves to be true for Billy Porter, who won his first Emmy Award on Sunday.

After making history as the first openly gay actor to win the coveted trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, the “Pose” star will go behind the camera to direct an episode of the FX series.

“I’ve been directing for 20 years in the theater, and I’m directing an episode of season three myself,” he told Variety this week. “I’m trying to be the head b--- in charge, honey!”

Helming ‘Pose’ will be Porter’s television directorial debut.

Earlier this summer, FX renewed the Ryan Murphy-created series for a third season — in the midst of its second season.

No premiere date has been set for season three, but Porter is already busy directing his latest theatrical work with this fall’s premiere of Dan McCabe’s “The Purists” at The Hunting Theater Company in Boston.

The show, about an unlikely group of friends in Queens, is the third production helmed at the theater by the Tony and Grammy Award winner. He previously directed revivals of George C. Wolfe’s “The Colored Museum” in 2015 and Suzan-Lori Parks’ acclaimed “Topdog/Underdog” in 2017 at the theater.

Porter also won raves for making his debut as a playwright with Primary Stages; world premiere of the August Wilson-inspired “While I Yet Live” in 2014 — while also donning heels, makeup and wig for his multiple award-winning turn as the star of “Kinky Boots.”