Production Team

Instructor

Instructor: Playwrights Lab

Actor

Actor: n/a, For the Love of Freedom Part II: Dessalines...

Actor

Actor: Dessalines, For the Love of Freedom Part II: Dessalines...

Actress, Production Photographer

Robey Roles: Actress: n/a, Bronzeville 2009 Production Photographer: Pity the Proud...

Director

Robey Roles: Director: Ethiop-ica Play reading from: The Paul Robeson...

Actress

Robey Roles: Actress: n/a

Actress

Robey Roles: n/a: n/a

Actress

Actress: n/a

Property Design

Robey Roles: Properties Design: Anna Lucasta

Actor, Director

Actor: Samson, Plantin’ Play reading from: The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival...

Playwright

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

Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Robey Roles: Actress: Stella Lucasta, Anna Lucasta

Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Robey Roles: Actress: Alberta, Transitions In the story: The Picture Frame

Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Robey Roles: Actress: Maxine, The Rhythm Keepers Play reading from: The...

Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Robey Roles: Actress: n/a, For the Love of Freedom Part...

Playwright, Stage Manager

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

Actor

Actor: June Bug, Bronzeville Skeeter, The River Niger IMDB

Actor

Actor: Judge, H.U.A.C. Play reading from: The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival...

Arts Manager

Board Member: Advisor Arts Manager

Actress

Ashlee Olivia Jones. Striving to be one of the greatest...

Actor

IMDB

Actor

Actor: n/a, Bronzeville 2009 IMDB

Co-founder and Chair The Robey Theatre Company Actor and Director

For the past 40 years, Ben Guillory Francisco and has...

Actor

Actor: Boyer, For the Love of Freedom: Parts I, II,...

Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Robey Roles: Actress: Madeline, Paul Robeson in Berlin Play reading from:...

Actor

Actor: n/a, Camp Logan n/a, Front Porch Society IMDB

Board of Advisors

Actor Director Producer

Friends of Robey

Marketing/PR Director

Former Board Member: Director Marketing/PR Director: The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel

Actor

Actor: James, Deep River Play reading from: The Paul Robeson...

Board of Advisors

Executive Creative Development Walt Disney Imagineering

Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Robey Roles: Actress: Elizabeth Marie, Pity the Proud Ones Website

Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Robey Roles: Actress: Mama Janie, Bronzeville 2009 and 2011

Playwright

Robey Roles: Writer: Camp Logan

Board of Advisors

Producer

Playwright

Writer: Knock Me A Kiss

Creative Team

Christina Cottles’s true calling, writing for the stage, is inspired...

Volunteer

Volunteer Christopher Jones is a high school senior at Centennial...

Playwright

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

Actor

Actor: n/a, For the Love of Freedom Part III: Christophe...

Actor

Actor: Sgt. McKinney, Camp Logan

Playwright, Actress, Vocal Coach

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

Actor

Actor: Naoma Tahara, Bronzeville 2009 IMDB

Actor

Actor: Jeff, The River Niger

Co-Founder, Board of Directors

Robey Co-Founder Actor/Director/Producer Carrie Productions

Actor

Actor: June Bug, Bronzeville Allen Rosen, A House with No Walls IMDB...

Assistant Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager: The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel

Actor

Darrell Philip was born and raised in Texas. Stage credits...

Actress

Robey Roles: Actress: Miss Pauline, Miss Pauline Play reading from: The...

Actor

David Datz has appeared in several Robey productions: Eugene O’Neill...

Actor

David Ty Reza an award winning American actor … David,...

Stage Manager

Stage Manager: Transitions

Aaron Henne

Position: Instructor

Instructor:

  • Playwrights Lab

Aaron Norvell

Position: Actor

Actor:

  • n/a,
    For the Love of Freedom
    Part II: Dessalines

    Play reading from: The Haitian Trilogy

Abner Genece

Position: Actor

Actor:

  • Dessalines,
    For the Love of Freedom
    Part II: Dessalines

    Play reading from: The Haitian Trilogy

Adenrele Ojo

Robey Roles:

Actress:

  • n/a, Bronzeville 2009

Production Photographer:

  • Pity the Proud Ones

Adleane Hunter

Position: Director

Robey Roles:

Director:

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

Aklia Chinn

Position: Actress

Robey Roles:

Actress:

  • n/a

Akosua Hobert-Pierce

Position: Actress

Robey Roles:

n/a:

  • n/a

Albena Dodeva

Position: Actress

Actress:

n/a

Alejandra Cisneros

Position: Property Design

Robey Roles:

Properties Design:

  • Anna Lucasta

Alex Morris

Position: Actor, Director

Actor:

  • Samson, Plantin’
    Play reading from:
    The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014

Director:

  • Camp Logan

Alicia Tycer

Position: Playwright

Robey Roles:

Writer:

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

Alvina Carroll

Position: Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Robey Roles:

Actress:

  • Stella Lucasta, Anna Lucasta

Amentha Dymally

Position: Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Robey Roles:

Actress:

  • Alberta, Transitions
    In the story: The Picture Frame

Angela Gibbs

Position: Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Robey Roles:

Actress:

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

Annika P. Smith

Position: Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Robey Roles:

Actress:

  • n/a,
    For the Love of Freedom
    Part II: Dessalines

    Play reading from: The Haitian Trilogy

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

Anthony B. Phillips

Position: Actor

Actor:

  • June Bug, Bronzeville
  • Skeeter, The River Niger

Anthony Pellegrino

Position: Actor

Actor:

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

Arline Chambers

Position: Arts Manager

Board Member:

  • Advisor
  • Arts Manager

Ashlee Olivia

Position: Actress

Ashlee Olivia Jones. Striving to be one of the greatest actresses of our time. She has appeared in several Robey productions, namely Anna Lucasta, Knock me a Kiss and was one of the chosen 23 in the wonderful ensemble cast of Magnificent Dunbar Hotel written by Levy Lee Simon. Ashlee has ventured out into some writing herself, creating and starring in her own one woman show, Eartha’s Kit (‘15) otherwise known as Mama Eartha (‘12) with the help of Robey fam members Kellie Dantzler Davis, Cydney Wayne Davis, Melanie Denise Powell and Mr. Dwain Perry.

Ashlee continues to study and create and is thankful for Ben Guillory, Danny Glover and the Robey Theatre Company providing a place for artist in the heart of the city where she was born and raised, Los Angeles, California.

Actress:

  • Anna Lucasta,
    Anna Lucasta
  • Gloria Ann Pedigrew,
    The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel

Ashton Sanders

Position: Actor

Ben Fitch

Position: Actor

Actor:

  • n/a, Bronzeville 2009

Ben Guillory

Position: Co-founder and Chair The Robey Theatre Company Actor and Director

For the past 40 years, Ben Guillory Francisco and has worked extensively in theatre, film and television.  Mr. Guillory is an award-winning director, has led The Robey Theatre Company for more than twenty-four years as CEO and Producing Artistic Director.  For the past 15 years, he has served as instructor for Robey’s Advanced Scene Study Workshop, offered three times a year.

In addition to his administrative and instructor roles, he oversees all programs and productions. Mr. Guillory is supported by a team of Independent Contractors and long-time volunteers who perform administrative and creative functions.

Learn More About Ben on THIS PAGE

Ben Jurand

Position: Actor

Actor:

  • Boyer,
    For the Love of Freedom:
    Parts I, II, and III

    Play readings from: The Haitian Trilogy
  • n/a,
    Hangman
    Play reading from:
    A Medley of One-Act Plays
  • Pettigrew,
    Pity the Proud Ones

Beth Triffon

Position: Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Robey Roles:

Actress:

  • Madeline, Paul Robeson in Berlin
    Play reading from:
    The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014

Bill Lee Brown

Position: Actor

Actor:

  • n/a, Camp Logan
  • n/a, Front Porch Society

Blair Underwood

Position: Board of Advisors

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Producer

Bobbie Lyons

Position: Friends of Robey

Camille Wyatt

Position: Marketing/PR Director

Former Board Member:

  • Director

Marketing/PR Director:

  • The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel

Carey Fox

Position: Actor

Actor:

  • James,
    Deep River
    Play reading from:
    The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014
  • Nazi Storm Trooper 2,
    Paul Robeson in Berlin
    Play reading from:
    The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014

Carmen Smith

Position: Board of Advisors

  • Executive Creative Development
  • Walt Disney Imagineering

Caroline Morahan

Position: Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Robey Roles:

Actress:

  • Elizabeth Marie, Pity the Proud Ones
Website

Cecelia Antoinette

Position: Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Robey Roles:

Actress:

  • Mama Janie, Bronzeville 2009 and 2011

Celeste Walker

Position: Playwright

Robey Roles:

Writer:

  • Camp Logan

Charles F. Johnson

Position: Board of Advisors

  • Producer

Charles Smith

Position: Playwright

Writer:

  • Knock Me A Kiss

Christina Cottle

Position: Creative Team

Christina Cottles’s true calling, writing for the stage, is inspired from her Southern Louisiana roots and her experiences growing up here in Los Angeles. Cottles’ s plays delve into issues ranging from “maternal abandonment” in the African-American community to the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster. Her play “A Sunday Morning Kind of Gal,” has been staged twice, once in Los Angeles and again in Baton Rouge, LA. Cottles’s second play, “Crescent City Ghosts” as well as “A Sunday Morning Kind of Gal” has received several staged readings at The Vision Theatre. She has also had the opportunity to hone her craft in the Robey Theatre Playwrights Lab while working as a special education teacher at a local high school here in Los Angeles.

Christopher Jones

Position: Volunteer

Volunteer

Christopher Jones is a high school senior at Centennial High School. Coming from a low income area made him curious about life and people. Thus his passion for acting was born. Christopher came to The Robey Theatre Company to get experience so that soon he can become a professional. His dreams and aspirations will surely grant him success.

Cornell Hubert Calhoun III

Position: Playwright

Writer:

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

Craig Calman

Position: Actor

Actor:

  • n/a,
    For the Love of Freedom
    Part III: Christophe

    Play reading from: The Haitian Trilogy

Curtis Lee Stansberry

Position: Actor

Actor:

  • Sgt. McKinney, Camp Logan

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

Dana Lee

Position: Actor

Actor:

  • Naoma Tahara, Bronzeville 2009

Dane Diamond

Position: Actor

Actor:

  • Jeff, The River Niger

Danny Glover

Position: Co-Founder, Board of Directors

  • Robey Co-Founder
  • Actor/Director/Producer
  • Carrie Productions

Darin Dahms

Position: Actor

Actor:

  • June Bug, Bronzeville
  • Allen Rosen, A House with No Walls
 

Darius Kelly

Position: Assistant Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager:

  • The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel

Darrell Phillip

Position: Actor

Darrell Philip was born and raised in Texas. Stage credits include: Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac, California Suite, Blithe Spirit, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Pity The Proud Ones, and Bronzeville.  He has studies at the Actors Centre International in Los Angeles as well as The Groundlings.  TV credits include: “Dead of Night, “Unusual Suspects,” and “Murder Boo,” and an AT&T commercial.  Look for him in the forthcoming films The Algerian, Abigail, Rico San Marco and Saint Mary’s Secret.

Actor:

  • n/a,
    Bronzeville
  • Nazi Storm Trooper 1,
    Paul Robeson in Berlin
    Play reading from:
    The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014
  • Martin O’Grady,
    Pity The Proud Ones

Dashira George

Position: Actress

Robey Roles:

Actress:

  • Miss Pauline, Miss Pauline
    Play reading from:
    The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014
 

David Datz

Position: Actor

David Datz has appeared in several Robey productions: Eugene O’Neill in “Loyalty Oath”; Mo in “Birdland Blue”; Adam Barton in “Lessons Learned”; and Cutty, Judge Kelly, and Clemmon in “By Favor of Providence”. He has also played several roles in NESONA play festivals. He played Dan in “Hopping Down the Bunny Trail” and Ira in “Timeshare” at Eclectic Company Theatre. For The Moveable Theatre Company he played Walt in “Later Life”, Nathanael West in “Boys in the Back Room”, and Cyrus in “Logophile”. Past roles include Phil in “A Party for Divorce”, the Guard in “Fantasies at the Frick”, Emmet in “Forensic and the Navigators”, and Nick in “The Time of Your Life”.

David Ty Reza

Position: Actor

David Ty Reza an award winning American actor … David, in film starred in the award winning Indy feature El Camino movie adaptation of the Novel “Separated by Dreams” written by Elizabeth Ann Guevara. El Camino was adapted for the screen and directed by Sean Daniel Bauer ( now available for streaming on AMAZON Prime)  David also starred in the award winning short film The Immigrants. In TV/web series, David appears in the award-winning digital series #HighlandPark: Nahmastay episode produced by Lone Stars Entertainment. David’s theatre credits include…Casa0101 Theatre: Bad for the Community, Eastside Queer Stories, Unmasking Hercules, and Sideways Fences. The Robey Theatre Company: Lessons Learned. Frida Kahlo Theatre: 10 minute play Festival. LATC:Encuentro de las Americas Patas Arriba. Follow David on Instagram @davidtyreza

Debora A. Morris

Position: Stage Manager

Stage Manager:

  • Transitions