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Carlton Wilborn


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Carlton Wilborn, the founder of Treelife Publishing, is also an author, actor, choreographer, and dancer who made his mark in over twenty film, television and theatre projects.

Wilborn began his professional career at Chicago’s prestigious Hubbard Street Dance Company. He performed for five consecutive years as a soloist in Ruth Page’s Nutcracker and as a resident guest artist for Ballet Met. Soon after, Carlton followed his internal compass to Hollywood, landing the position of Madonna’s lead dancer in her “Blond Ambition” and “The Girlie Show” tours, and in the documentary feature “Truth or Dare.”

In addition, he has appeared on such shows as “CSI: Miami,” “NYPD Blue,” “The Practice,” “Fame L.A.” “L.A. Firefighters” and “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays with Morrie.” Wilborn has also appeared in Joel Silver’s “Made Men,” in the powerful Hughes Brothers film “Dead Presidents,” in The New York Shakespeare Festival production of “Blade to the Heat” and the theatrical production of “The Ten Commandments.”

Throughout his career, Carlton has worked with such creative luminaries as photographer Herb Ritts, fashion designers Jean Paul Gaultier and Dolce and Gabbana, as well as entertainment icons Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Herb Alpert, George Clinton, Natalie Cole, Anita Baker, and Jill Scott, among others.

Carlton has always strived to embrace all the gifts and knowledge his multi-dimensional career has brought to his life – not the least of which has been an awareness of the profoundly healing, penetrating, barrier-transcending force of music. In his willingness to explore uncharted territory, Carlton also discovered the necessity and the power of the liberated written word, and has felt compelled to find and create avenues to harness that power. With that in mind, he has taken the bull by the horns and created Treelife Publishing, a platform that will allow the two worlds of rhythm and writing to blend seamlessly together with an everlasting impact.


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