Playwrights

Playwright

Robey Roles: Writer: H.U.A.C. Play reading from: The Paul Robeson...

Playwright, Stage Manager

Anthony Aguilar is a writer who was born and raised...

Playwright

Robey Roles: Writer: Camp Logan

Playwright

Writer: Knock Me A Kiss

Playwright

Writer: Ms. Pauline Play reading from: The Paul Robeson Theatre...

Playwright, Actress, Vocal Coach

Cydney Wayne Davis is a professional singer, actress, vocal coach,...

Actress, Playwright

Actress: Crystal Morgan, Progress and Peace Play reading from: A Medley...

Playwright

Writer: How is Your Love Life Play reading from: A...

Playwright

George W. Corbin’s work has been showcased in the NAACP’s...

Playwright

Writer: Dark Comedy

Playwright

Writer: Rules of the Debate Play reading from: The Paul...

Playwright

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Johl Smilowski’s works are...

Playwright

Julie Taiwo Oniis a Nigerian-American playwright and English professor with...

Playwright, Actress, Actor's Equity Association, Producer, Choreographer

Choreographer: The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel Producer: Transitions Writer: The Rhythm...

Actress, Playwright

Actress: Cadence Lane, A House With No Walls Play reading from:...

Playwright

Kurt Dana Maxey was born in Kansas, early years in...

Playwright

Writer: Deep River Play reading from: The Paul Robeson Theatre...

Playwright

Levy Lee Simonis a multiple award-winning writer of over twenty...

Actress, Actor's Equity Association, Playwright

Actress/Writer: n/a IMDB

Playwright, Assistant Stage Manager, Prop Master

Melvin Ishmael Johnson- Founder of Dramastage-Qumran and Veterans Community Theater...

Playwright, Director

Writer/Director: Greenwood 1964 Play readings from: The Paul Robeson Theatre...

Playwright

Writer: Eslanda Unplugged Play reading from: The Paul Robeson Theatre...

Playwright

Writer: We Wear The Mask Play reading from: The Paul...

Creative Team, Playwright

Randy Ross, Ph.D. writes plays, fiction, and nonfiction and he’s...

Playwright

Rebecca Tessier is currently getting her Masters in Writing for...

Director, Playwright

Writer/Director: Out/Side Play readings from: The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival...

Playwright

SHARON STOCKARD MARTIN, was born in Nashville, Tennessee and grew...

Playwright

Sikivu Hutchinson, Ph.D. is an educator, author and playwright.  She...

Playwright

Simone Anika Wilson is a retired teacher and business owner. ...

Playwright

Actor/comedian/writer Stan Sellers loves to stay busy. He has appeared...

Playwright

Over the last couple of decades, Uriah Carr, a transplanted...

Alicia Tycer

Position: Playwright

Robey Roles:

Writer:

  • H.U.A.C.
    Play reading from:
    The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014

Anthony Aguilar

Position: Playwright, Stage Manager

Anthony Aguilar is a writer who was born and raised in Boyle Heights, California. Written works include the punk rock musical, “Little Red” (Casa 0101), the superhero series “El Verde” (Casa 0101, TeAda Productions), “El Verde: Career Day” (Inner-City Arts), and “For One Mariachi” (Watts Village Theater Company). He was commissioned by Center Theatre Group’s The Shop initiative for his stageplays “Emma & the Suzies,“ and “Annazul”. “Emma and the Suzies” also received a workshop reading at the 2017 Austin Latino New Play Festival through Teatro Vivo. He has worked for Hulu’s “East Los High” (season 1) and Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele” (season 5). He graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a degree in Theatre and also teaches playwriting there for the Teenage Drama Workshop.

Stage Manager:

  • Anna Lucasta

Celeste Walker

Position: Playwright

Robey Roles:

Writer:

  • Camp Logan

Charles Smith

Position: Playwright

Writer:

  • Knock Me A Kiss

Cornell Hubert Calhoun III

Position: Playwright

Writer:

  • Ms. Pauline
    Play reading from:
    The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014

Cydney Wayne Davis

Position: Playwright, Actress, Vocal Coach
Email: cydney4singing@yahoo.com

Cydney Wayne Davis is a professional singer, actress, vocal coach, songwriter and playwright.

She has sung background for Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Barry White, Joe Cocker, Donna Summer, Stevie Wonder, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., and Diana Ross and she also co-wrote the single “You’re Go11na Love It.”

As a member of the Robey Theatre Company she has performed in The River Niger as Grandma Wilhelmina, Transitions as Verlie, The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel as Charlotta Bass and also wrote the theme song” Meet Me at the Dunbar”. Cydney won the 2013 NAACP’s Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Theresa in Robey’s Ana Lucasta. Her play United Front about the plight of HIV/AIDS was featured in the NAACP Ten Minute Play Festival in 2011 and 2013.

She recently co-starred in the film Chocolate City and Chocolate City 2 – Vegas Strip as the sassy church lady, Sister Beatrice.

CYDNEY WAYNE DAVIS
Vocal Arts Studio
171 N. La Brea Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90302

(424) 261-2393

Website

Actress:

  • An Evening of Six Eclectic Scenes
  • Theresa Lucasta, Anna Lucasta
  • Charlotta Bass, The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel

Vocal Coach:

  • The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel

Denise Jaxon

Actress:

  • Crystal Morgan, Progress and Peace
    Play reading from:
    A Medley of One-Act Plays

Writer:

  • Progress and Peace
    Play reading from:
    A Medley of One-Act Plays

Dominica Myers

Position: Playwright

Writer:

  • How is Your Love Life
    Play reading from:
    A Medley of One-Act Plays

George W. Corbin

Position: Playwright

George W. Corbin’s work has been showcased in the NAACP’s 10 Minute Theatre Festivals (Hi Lo LA, Phone Booth, The Robe, and the Window Man). Towne Street Theatre’s Ten-Minute Play Festival produced his plays (Galveston and Grave Concerns). He’s been an artist in the playwright’s lab at the Robey Company and one of his plays (Plantin) was performed at the Robey’s 2015 theatre festival. In 2016 George’s full-length play (Sabado Mornings) was produced at The Studio/Stage. Another new full-length play of George’s (The Wrong Kind of People) is planned for a reading this Fall.

Writer:

  • Plantin’ Play readings from: The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014

Hassan Jamal

Position: Playwright

Writer:

  • Dark Comedy

Inda Craig-Galvan

Position: Playwright

Writer:

  • Rules of the Debate
    Play reading from:
    The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014

Links

IMDB

Johl Smilowski

Position: Playwright

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Johl Smilowski’s works are influenced by his birthplace, eclectic education, rich life experiences and various urban jungles he has called home.  While a multi-sport collegiate athlete, Smilowski studied Contemporary English, Journalism, and 19th & 20th Century U.S. History.  Later, Johl served as a Paul Robeson guest scholar at Columbia University and UCLA.

Smilowski has written for a multitude of genres and platforms spanning poetry, journalism, film, television and theatre.  A former model, Johl’s print and television experience led to being hired by Kevin Costner (Postman, stand-in), prior to writing and/or developing projects on spec’ for/with the likes of screenwriter Jimmy White, writer/producer Eddie Harris and Dave Chappelle.  Sean Penn appeared in Smilowski’s award winning 2009 feature length documentary, American Politics All You Can Eat.

In 2017, Smilowski joined Danny Glover’s and Ben Guillory’s The Robey Theatre Company, who produced his sold out original play Niggerati Manor’s, Rent Party.  Currently, Smilowski is expanding “Rent Party”, while developing his additional original works Don’t Fence Me In, The Bert Shepard Story (mini-series), Kid Hobo, based on a true story (series), Chappelle’s Caribbean Carnival Laugh & Learn Tour (concert series) and SCOTTY, a dramatic comedy television series.  SCOTTY was an official selection at the 2016 Oaxaca FilmFest.  Recognized for his writing, in 2018 Smilowski became a grant recipient of the Dramatists Guild Foundation.

Away from the typewriter, Smilowski maintains an interest in Slavic and Latin languages, and is a formally trained sommelier, with a background in enology & viticulture.  Smilowski’s honored to have had as a writing mentor, the late screenwriter Jimmy White, Johl’s most pivotal professional influence.  Smilowski is represented by attorney Peter Dekom.

Julie Taiwo Oni

Position: Playwright

Julie Taiwo Oniis a Nigerian-American playwright and English professor with an interest in exploring the African diaspora through narrative. Recent plays include Denim, Black-Proof, and Chisel, a story that dis plays the oppression of people with albinism in Tanzania. Oni is a member of The Robey ‘s Playwrights Lab. BA: Pepperdine; MFA: USC. www.julietaiwooni.com

Website

Writer:

  • ETHIOP-ICA Play reading from: The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014

Kellie Dantzle

Position: Playwright, Actress, Actor's Equity Association, Producer, Choreographer

Choreographer:

  • The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel

Producer:

  • Transitions

Writer:

  • The Rhythm Keepers
    Play reading from:
    The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014

Kellie Roberts

Position: Actress, Playwright

Actress:

  • Cadence Lane, A House With No Walls
    Play reading from:
    A Medley of One-Act Plays
  • n/a, The Emperor’s Last Performance
  • Mattie, The River Niger
  • Elaine, Transitions
    In the story:
    Why Elaine Miller Became a Photographer

Writer:

  • Transitions

Kurt Dana Maxey

Position: Playwright

Kurt Dana Maxey was born in Kansas, early years in Atlanta, and raised in Los Angeles. He earned a Master’s Degree in Communication Arts from Loyola University. Literature, music, film, and traveling are his passions. Kurt has participated in workshops and readings at the Lincoln Theater / West Group, Mark Taper Forum (Blacksmyths), East-West Players, LATC (Wordsmyths), South Coast Repertory, and the Robey Theatre Company.

In 2011 the world premiere of his play “Pity The Proud Ones” was produced by the Robey Theatre Company”; garnering two NAACP Theater Awards. His short play “The Agreement” opened The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival” in In 2017 his short play “The Straws the Broke the Camel’s Back” was performed at the 2nd Paul Robeson Festival. Kurt has been a member of Robey’s Playwrights Lab, and is an original member of the Theatre’s History Detectives.

As a SAG/AFTRA New Media Producer, Kurt produced the podcast show “Words & Things.” He also had the pleasure of playing the great Bill Terry in the reading of Melvin Ismael Johnson and Judith Bowman’s “101 Club” at the Ford Theater. The first act of Kurt’s newest play “It’s More Than Pietro” was read as part of the NESONA Play Reading Series.

Writer:

  • Pity the Proud Ones
  • The Agreement
    Play reading from:
    The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014

La’Chris Jordan

Position: Playwright

Writer:

    • Deep River

Play reading from:

  • The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014

Levy Lee Simon

Position: Playwright

Levy Lee Simonis a multiple award-winning writer of over twenty produced plays, that include the, For the Love of Freedom trilogy, the recipient of several NAACP Nominations and Awards, and an Ovation Nomination. Also: The Bow Wow Club, (Lorraine Hansberry Award) Same Train, (OBBR Award) The Guest at Central Park West, (Audelco Award) Smell the Power, (New Plays Award) The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel, The Stuttering Preacher, and The Last Revolutionary.

As an actor he has appeared, most notably in: the Pulitzer Prize winning, Tony nominated, The Kentucky Cycle and the acclaimed production of Ms. Ever’s Boys, at the Barbican and Bristol Old Vic in England. His directing credits are highlighted with productions of; Amiri Baraka’s, Dutchman, Josh Wilder’ s, Leftovers, and Javon Johnson’s, Breathe, which will be a mainstage production at the NBTF 2017. His film adaptation of The Last Revolutionary, in which he also plays the lead role, premiered at the Pan African Film Festival 2017, and will be seen this summer at both the NBTF Film Festival and The Bronze Lens Film Festival in Atlanta.

Writer:

  • For the Love of Freedom:
    • Part I: Toussaint
    • Part II: Dessalines
    • Part III: Christophe
    • Play readings from: The Haitian Trilogy
  • The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel

Lorey Hayes

Position: Actress, Actor's Equity Association, Playwright

Actress/Writer:

  • n/a

IMDB

Melvin Ishmael Johnson

Position: Playwright, Assistant Stage Manager, Prop Master

Melvin Ishmael Johnson- Founder of Dramastage-Qumran and Veterans Community Theater Workshop.

Born December 1, 1947, in Greenville, Mississippi. Melvin attended Mississippi Valley State University. United States Marine Corp (1969- 71), honorable discharge. He attended Eastern Michigan University and is one of the Co-Founders of the African Renaissance Theater Company of Detroit, Michigan. (1973-1980)

As a playwright he has authored: Surviving the Nickel, Catch the Tiger, Number One Recruit, Nail Heads and The Emperor’s Last Performance. He is the co-author of: The JOI Club with Judith Bowman and If the SHU Fits: Voices from Solitary Confinement with Andy Griggs. Johnson developed the Anti-Violence Situation Coping Group as a conflict resolution group for military veterans and is author of the plays, Nobody Told Us and The Hero Within about homeless military veterans. *He teaches a weekly Veterans Community Theater Workshop that trains veterans for Stage Management jobs in the Theater.

Actor:

  • Leonard Lennox Jones, The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel

Assistant Stage Manager/Prop Master:

  • Knock Me A Kiss

Stage Manager:

  • The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival

Writer:

  • The Emperor’s Last Performance

Mohammed Ali Ojarigi

Position: Playwright, Director

Writer/Director:

  • Greenwood 1964
    Play readings from:
    The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014

Nui Brown

Position: Playwright

Writer:

  • Eslanda Unplugged
    Play reading from:
    The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014

Paula Neiman

Position: Playwright

Writer:

  • We Wear The Mask
    Play reading from:
    The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014

IMDB

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

Rebecca Tessier

Position: Playwright

Rebecca Tessier is currently getting her Masters in Writing for Performance (Playwriting) from Goldsmiths University in London, England. She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Southern California and has since been the 2015 Literally Fellow at Center Theatre Group and has worked for Skylight Theatre Company. Rebecca’s most recent work was produced by Company of Angels. She loves horror, magic realism, and her cat.

Ryan Vincent Anderson

Position: Director, Playwright

Writer/Director:

  • Out/Side
    Play readings from:
    The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014

Sharon Stockard Martin

Position: Playwright

SHARON STOCKARD MARTIN, was born in Nashville, Tennessee and grew up in Tallahassee Florida, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended Howard University, Bennington College (B.A.). Southern University (M.Ed.) and the University of Southern California. She earned an MFA from the Yale School of Drama where she was a Shubert Fellow and received an O’Neill Award and the CBS Foundation Prize in Playwriting. She earned a John F. Kennedy Black Playwright Award for “The Moving Violation”, published in CENTER STAGE: An Anthology of 21 Contemporary Black American Plays and first performed by the Dashiki Project Theater. Other published plays include “Proper and Fine: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Entourage” in The Search: Scholastic Black Literature Series and “Canned Soul” in Callaloo#2. Other productions include “Deep Heat” (Yale), “Edifying Further Elaborations on the Mentality of a Chore”, “Entertaining Innumerable Reflections on the Subject at Hand” and “SOS, Baby Death and Other Anxiety Pieces for the Contemporary American Stage” (Free Southern Theater). Also a recipient of a Rinehart Grant and a Beaumont Fellowship, she was a former member of the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop (Harlem) and is a current member of the Robey Theatre Playwrights’ Lab (Los Angeles) where she wrote “The First and Last Meeting of the Anti Anti-Social Social Club” and “Set For Life or I Started Out With Nothing and I Still Have Most of it Left”. Sharon Stockard Martin has three daughters. She resides in Windsor Hills, California.

 

Sikivu Hutchinson, Ph.D.

Position: Playwright

Sikivu Hutchinson, Ph.D. is an educator, author and playwright.  She received her doctorate from New York University and is the author of Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los Angeles(2003), Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars (2011), Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels(2013) and the novel White Nights, Black Paradise(2015), on Peoples Temple and the 1978 Jonestown massacre.  She also wrote, directed and produced a short film of White Nights, Black Paradise and produced a stage play for the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles in November 2018. Her short plays Grinning Skull and Narcolepsy, Inc were featured in the Robey Theatre’s 2017 Paul Robeson Festival and the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. The web-series for Narcolepsy, Inc is due in Winter 2019. She has contributed chapters to The Oxford Handbook of Secularism and Gender and Planning from Rutgers University and her articles have been published in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, The Humanist Magazine and the L.A. Times. She is also founder of the Women’s Leadership Project, a black feminist mentoring program for girls of color in South L.A. Her forthcoming novel Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretic: The Life and Times of Rory Tharpe, is due in Spring 2019.

 

Twitter @sikivuhutch

Website

Simone Anika Wilson

Position: Playwright

Simone Anika Wilson is a retired teacher and business owner.  She is now a full time writer who has written and produced five plays, Who You Sitting Next To?, Yield Not!, Sisterhood Secrets, and Solidarity,  Sisterhood, Secrets, and Solidarity (The Real Truth), and Pray Mother Pray. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband.

Stan Sellers

Position: Playwright

Actor/comedian/writer Stan Sellers loves to stay busy. He has appeared at comedy clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada including Zanies, the Improv, and The Ice House, to name a few. Most recent TV appearances are “Nicky, Ricky, and Dawn” for Nickelodeon, and “Love” with Judd Apatow on Netflix. Stan is a member of the Robey Theatre Playwriting Workshop. Writing credits include articles for The Los Angeles Times, the sketch show “Sex and Violins,” and eight one act plays entitled “The Start of Conversation” produced and performed by L.A.’s Towne Street Theatre, and nominated for a Valley Arts Award. Stan is also a regular on Wednesday nights at LA’s oldest storytelling venue, The Story Salon at The Art Parlor in North Hollywood.

Website

Uriah Carr

Position: Playwright

Over the last couple of decades, Uriah Carr, a transplanted Chicagoan, has enjoyed several productions of his ten-minute shorts.Ode to A Cauliflower, a ten-minute comedy, marks his first production with The Robey Theatre Company and LATC.