Morocco Omari was raised in Chicago, graduated from Evanston township high school, he attended Jackson state university for 2yrs, then enlisted in the Marine corps. After serving in Desert Storm he stumbled on to Chicago’s theatre scene. He’s taught acting in LA, Chicago, and Gaborone Botswana. Awards: graduated top 5 percent of his class and meritoriously promoted in Marine Corps boot comp. Best actor award at Urbanworld film festival, best actor at Black Theatre Alliance award, nominated for best actor AUDELCO awards. Interest are fatherhood to his two daughters, traveling, writing, mentoring young actors, mentoring young filmmakers in Uganda and Rwanda, mentoring actors and aspiring writers in Botswana.
Morocco Omari’s TV credits include series regular role on Empire as Tariq Cousins, recurring roles on Homeland, Chicago Fire, NCIS, Joan of Arcadia, L.A. Dragnet, and Girlfriends. Guest star roles on Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Prison Break, and 24.
Theater credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire
and A Time To Kill on Broadway, as well as performances at notable theatres such as Lincoln Center
, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Geffen, Denver Theatre Center, Pittsburgh Public, St. Louis Rep, Lookingglass, Virginia Stage, Victory Gardens, Congo Square, Chicago Theatre Company, and New Federal.
Directing credits include the award-winning film, (Mis)Leading Man, which screened at festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Chicago International, Pan-African, and Urbanworld. It won best short at the Hollywood Black Film Festival and was also an HBO finalist at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival (MVAFF). Mr. Omari also directed the short film, Good Intentions, which won the HBO Best Short Film Award at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. This film has also been recognized at several other notable festivals. In addition, Mr. Omari is the Executive Producer, Writer and Lead Actor in the multi-award winning film, The Male Groupie which aired on HBO. Recent directing credits are Mission Mom Possible and the webseries Make A Name.