Willyum LaBeija is an actor, dancer, and choreographer originally from North Carolina and now based in Chicago. He served in the US Army during which time he participated in the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Soldier Show for two years as a dance captain. His training includes classical and urban genres of dance with an emphasis in vogue performance. He is currently a member of the Royal House of LaBeija since 2011. He is the recipient of the following awards and honors: New International Performing Arts Institute Residency (2020); Neighborhood Arts Entrepreneurship Project-Task force member (2020); Ways Residency (2020); Global Water Dances Choreographer/Site Lead (2019/2020); Movement Residency Brazil/Panama (2019/2020); Physical Theatre Residency in Austria (2019/2020); National Veterans Art Summit (2019) residency; Links Hall Co-Missions Winter Residency (2019); and Breaking Grounds Performance Series (2018).