Alicia Tycer

Randy Ross, Ph.D.,

Position: Creative Team, Playwright

Randy Ross, Ph.D. writes plays, fiction, and nonfiction and he’s been playing jazz saxophone for over half a century.

Randy’s newest play, BIRDLAND BLUE (a fictionalized riff on an eventful evening confronting trumpeter Miles Davis and his great 1959 sextet), benefitted from his participation in workshops convened by International Black Writers and Artists of Los Angeles (IBWA-LA) and The Robey Theatre Company’s Playwrights Lab. Robey staged the premier reading of BIRDLAND BLUE at its 2017 Paul Robeson Theatre Festival. Robey also staged multiple readings of Randy’s earlier play, 92 GROVE STREET (Hard-pressed by his publisher and the specter of Malcolm’s hastened demise, Alex Haley struggles to work with his subject to complete The Autobiography of Malcolm X before it’s too late.)

Randy’s short stories have been published in African American Review, Maryland Review, and Obsidian II, among others. He has published one story collection (The Chocolate Man) and co-edited another (Griots Beneath the Baobab). Dr. Ross’s nonfiction books include Government and the Private Sector: Who Should Do What? Many of his public-policy essays have been published in Education Week and the Los Angeles Times. (Photo Credit: Paul Batson, Unlimited Images Photography