Roots: The Peoples

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Founder / Spiritual Director

Reverend Brother Dyron Holmes, O.P.M., is an educator, actor, playwright, activist and founder of The Peoples Monastery.  He is an ordained interfaith minister (One Spirit Seminary) and monk (Order of Universal Interfaith).  He has been an educator for twenty years where he has created numerous curriculums including programs at homeless shelters, Planned Parenthood, long-term suspension/probation/re-entry sites, Jewish & Christian community centers, an Unitarian Universalist church, leading a group of teenaged Commedia dell’Arte performers through five countries in Europe, as well multiple arts initiatives in the NYC school system.  For the last three years he was the head teacher of middle & high school students for New York Department of Education’s, Photovoice, which incorporated writing, art, acting, photography, video and service learning projects exploring the Haiti Earthquake, Hurricane Sandy relief, retirement homes, urban eco-gardens and social change.  He has also received training in domestic violence counseling from CONNECT, a New York City organization aimed at eliminating interpersonal violence and promoting gender justice.

He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  His professional acting credits include principal appearances in Law & Order, The Job, NY Undercover, The Hurricane, Breaking Point as well as theater productions at the Kennedy Center, Syracuse Stage, Triad Stage and Actors Theatre of Louisville.  He has written fourteen plays with his first being a winner of the National Young Playwrights Festival. He is a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts & NAACP’s ACT-SO Award Recipient in Acting.  His recent play, SHEEP, is set in a monastery where seven monastics of seven different religious traditions have come together to perform the life narrative of a modern day prophet, Sheep, whose destiny was to unify humanity.

He has practiced and /or studied Christianity, Orthodox Islam, Buddhism, forms of Hinduism, Judaism and the Indigenous African practices of Ifa.  He completed a year-long residency at Holy Cross Anglican Benedictine monastery.  Along with his ordination in the Fall of 2012 as an interfaith monk with The Order of Universal Interfaith (OUnI), he received an official charter to start The Order of The Peoples Monastery (OPM) to ordain other Peoples Monks and Ministers.  He is fully committed to expanding the circle of universal faith in ways that speak truth to each individual.  Brother Dyron Holmes O.P.M. currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.