Boutté has performed roles in premiere productions by Terrence McNally, Eric Overmyer, Charles Randolph Wright, Matthey Lopez, and Robert O'Hara. He played civil rights activist Bayard Rustin in the original production of Brian Freeman's Civil Sex with performances at Public Theatre, Woolley Mammoth, Marsh Theatre (San Francisco), and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Mr. Boutté has directed plays and musicals in regional theatres and universities, and has collaborated as a composer on new musicals including Caravaggio Chiaroscuro (LaMama Theatre, New York), Lyin' Up a Breeze (Second Space, Fresno), and Thanks To The Lighthouse (NY Parks). Students from his group and solo Shakespeare courses have moved on to perform leading Shakespearean roles at The Shakespeare Theatre (D.C.), St. Louis Rep., and Off-Broadway theatres. Raised in Fresno California, Boutté studied piano from his mother beginning at age 3, and was inspired as a composer by jazz musician George Duke (cousin to Boutté's mother). Boutté developed performance skills in local community theatre at Good Company Players. He studied at UCLA and the National Theatre Conservatory (MFA), and has taught acting at National Theatre Institute, Ramapo College, and Illinois State University.
Duane Boutté is a New York based film and stage actor, director, and composer. Best known as an actor in films Stonewall (1996), and Brother to Brother, his acting credits include the original Broadway companies of Parade, and the 1994 TONY Award winning revival of Carousel. Boutté has performed numerous leading roles in classical and contemporary plays Off-Broadway and throughout the country. He performed an acclaimed "Mercutio" at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2003, and played "Orestes" in a production of the Oresteia trilogy inaugurating the RODA Theatre at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. In reaction to Boutté's creation of "Bostonia" in the 1996 film Stonewall, Interview Magazine declared "a Stonewall star is born."
Sept. 19 - Oct. 22, 2017, Duane Boutté will appear as "Charles Dickens" in Primary Stages' New York premiere of The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord. "..Discord" is written by Scott Carter (executive producer and writer for Real Time with Bill Maher), directed by Kimberly Senior, and also stars Michael Laurence (Talk Radio) as "Jefferson" and Thom Sesma (Pacific Overtures) as "Tolstoy" with set design by Wilson Chin, costumes by David Hyman, lighting by Jen Schriever, sound by Lindsay Jones, projections by Caite Hevner, and casting by Stephanie Klapper.