GQ (initials for Gregory Qaiyum) hails from Chicago's north side. He attended Bates College in Maine for two years before switching majors to theater and transferring to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Before graduating from the Experimental Theatre Wing at N.Y.U., he and some classmates co-created his senior project, a merging of hip-hop music and theatre, that resulted in the smash off-Broadway ‘add-rap-tation' called The Bomb-itty of Errors.
For this unique, original take on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors as reinterpreted for the hip-hop genre, GQ served as actor, rapper, co-writer and producer. After ending its successful seven-month run in New York, he took the show to HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, winning the jury prize for Best Show. The Bomb-itty of Errors also recently completed another accomplished four-month run in his hometown of Chicago, with possible future productions in Toronto and London.
GQ made his motion picture debut in the Martin Lawrence-Danny De Vito comedy, What's the Worst That Could Happen?, and also co-starred opposite N'Sync's Lance Bass and Joey Fatone in On the Line, which filmed in his hometown last year. He made his professional acting debut on the stage in the Manhattan Theatre Club's presentation of the hit London play, East Is East, and is presently co-writing several projects (including a theatrical film and TV pilot) for HBO with his collaborators from The Bombitty of Errors.
|Also known as||Gregory Qaiyum|