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

Actor: n/a, Bronzeville 2009 IMDB

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

Ben Guillory is a theatre veteran who believes in the...

Producing Artistic Director of the Robey Theatre Company

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

Actor and Humanitarian, Danny Glover has been a commanding presence...

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,...

Aaron Henne

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

Adenrele Ojo

Position: Actress, Production Photographer

Robey Roles:

Actress:

  • n/a, Bronzeville 2009

Production Photographer:

  • Pity the Proud Ones

Adleane Hunter

Position: Director

Adleane HunterRobey 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

Aklia ChinnRobey 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

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

Alvina CarrollRobey Roles:

Actress:

  • Stella Lucasta, Anna Lucasta

Amentha Dymally

Position: Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Amentha DymallyRobey 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

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

Arline Chambers

Position: Arts Manager

Board Member:

  • Advisor
  • Arts Manager

Ashlee Olivia

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

Ashton Sanders

Position: Actor

Ben Fitch

Position: Actor

Actor:

  • n/a, Bronzeville 2009

Ben Guillory

Ben Guillory

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

Ben Guillory is a theatre veteran who believes in the power and purpose of theatre.  Guillory studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco; and, for more than forty years, has worked extensively in theatre, film, and television as an actor, director, and producer.
While at the American Conservatory Theatre, Mr. Guillory appeared in, Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, Peer Gynt, Desire under the Elms, Misanthrope, The Cherry Orchard, Othello, Athol Fugard’s Sizwe Banzi is Dead for the Arizona Theater Company, The Los Angeles Theatre Center’s production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Sacramento Theatre’s production of Fences, the Mark Taper Forum’s production of Miss Evers’ Boys, the Robey/Greenway’s co-production of Permanent Collection at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Additionally, Mr. Guillory is co-founder, along with Danny Glover, of The Robey Theatre Company: one of Los Angeles’ longest operating and most award-winning African American-led theatre companies.
Mr. Guillory serves as the CEO and Producing Artistic Director, coordinating Robey’s Playwrights Program, directing the Robey Play Reading Series, and serving as instructor for its Advanced Scene Workshop and overseeing the organization’s day-to-day operations.
In his capacity as Producing Artistic Director he has developed and produced many celebrated productions, including: Bee-Luther-Hatchee with Elephant Industries and Yohen (1999 & 2017) with East-West Players, For The Love of Freedom Part I: Toussaint and Part II: Dessalines with the Greenway Arts Alliance, Part III: Christophe with the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, The Last Season with Legacy Productions, A Medley of One Act Plays at the Los Angeles Theatre Center with the Against Type Theatre Company, The Piano Lesson, Bronzeville, The River Niger, The Emperor’s Last Performance, The Reckoning, and Pity the Proud Ones, Camp Logan, Anna Lucasta , and Knock Me a Kiss along with the Paul Robeson Theatre Festival and directing the world premiere of The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel. In 2017, he co-starred in and directed, Dr. DuBois and Miss Ovington, produced the 2017 Paul Robeson Theatre Festival, and co- produced and directed Yohen (2017) with East West Players.

Mr. Guillory received the San Francisco Critics Circle Award, for his portrayal of Paul Robeson, in the Illustrated Stage’s production of, Are You Now or Have You Ever Been. For his Los Angeles performances of Phillip Hayes Dean’s Paul Robeson, Mr. Guillory received the DramaLogue Award and a Special NAACP Theatre Award, and for his directing efforts on For the Love of Freedom: Part I, he was presented with an NAACP Theatre Award. In 2010 he received honors from Playwrights Arena for Outstanding Contributions to the Los Angeles Theatre Community a third award from the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP for Best Producer of The River Niger in 2010, again for The Reckoning in 2011, and in 2013 for Camp Logan. Mr. Guillory was also presented with the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award. In 2018 Mr. Guillory received from the Beverly Hills /Hollywood NAACP a second directing award for Charles Gordon’s Pulitzer Prize winning play No Place to Be Somebody.
Acting Television credits include, Mad Love, Eli Stone, My Name is Earl, The West Wing, Threat Matrix, Still Standing, Charmed, The Guardian, Dynasty, The District, Judging Amy, Linc’s, LA Law, JAG, The Young and the Restless, NCSI, Jack and Bobby, General Hospital, and Masters of Sex. Film acting credits include The Color Purple, Our Father, The Tuskegee Airmen, Star Wars, Maid to Order, The Kindred, 3 Strikes, Crawlers, America’s Dream and The Harimaya Bridge.
As a recognized leader in theatre arts, Mr. Guillory was invited to forge an ongoing partnership with CBS and ABC. The effort resulted in the development of a nationwide Industry Diversity Showcase for actors of color.
In the tradition of Paul Robeson, Mr. Guillory continues to use art to impact community and spark social action. His guiding principle is his profound desire to mentor the next generation of artists through theatre arts is best demonstrated through his hands-on work as acting coach and director. Furthermore, his commitment to supporting the development original plays written by local playwrights, helps to provide a platform for new voices whose impact will be felt for generations to come.

To contact Ben Guillory, please call The Robey Theatre Company office at 213-489-4702 or email office@robeytheatrecompany.org.

Ben Guillory

Ben Guillory

Position: Producing Artistic Director of the Robey Theatre Company

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

Beth TriffonRobey 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

Blair Underwood

Position: Board of Advisors

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Producer

Bobbie Lyons

Position: Friends of Robey

Camille Wyatt

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

Caroline MorahanRobey Roles:

Actress:

  • Elizabeth Marie, Pity the Proud Ones
Website

Cecelia Antoinette

Position: Actress, Actor's Equity Association

Cecelia AntoinetteRobey Roles:

Actress:

  • Mama Janie, Bronzeville 2009 and 2011

Alicia Tycer

Celeste Walker

Position: Playwright

Robey Roles:

Writer:

  • Camp Logan

Charles F. Johnson

Position: Board of Advisors

  • Producer

Alicia Tycer

Charles Smith

Position: Playwright

Writer:

  • Knock Me A Kiss

Alicia Tycer

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

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

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

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

Danny Glover

Position: Co-Founder, Board of Directors

Actor and Humanitarian, Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 30 years.  A native of San Francisco, Glover trained at the Black Actors’ Workshop of the American Conservatory Theatre. It was his Broadway debut in Fugard’s Master Harold…and the Boys that brought him to national recognition and led director Robert Benton to cast him in his first leading role in 1984’s Academy Award-nominated Best Picture, Places in the Heart. The following year Glover starred in two more Best Picture nominated films: Peter Weir’s Witness and Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple.  In 1987 Glover partnered with Mel Gibson in the first Lethal Weapon film and went on the star in three hugely successful Lethal Weapon sequels.  Glover starred in The Royal Tenenbaums and To Sleep With Anger which he executive produced and for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor. 

In 1994, Glover joined forces with friend and colleague, Ben Guillory to cofound The Robey Theatre Company: Los Angeles’ longest operating and most award-winning African American led theatre arts organization.  In 1999, Glover starred in The Robey Theatre Company and East West Players, Yohen and recently reprised that role in 2017.  

On the small screen, Glover won an Image Award, a Cable ACE Award and earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in the title role of the HBO Movie, Mandela.  He has also received Emmy nominations for his work in the acclaimed miniseries Lonesome Dove, the telefilm Freedom Song, and as a director he earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Showtime’s Just a Dream.  Glover also appeared in the HBO Original Movie Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.

Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice, and access to health care and education programs in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.  He has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program, and currently serves as UNICEF Ambassador and Ambassador for the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.

Most recently Glover starred in Almost Christmas for Universal Studios.  He has completed roles in the feature films Proud Mary opposite Taraji P. Henson and Come Sunday with Chewitel Ejiofor. He can be seen in the upcoming films Sorry to Bother You by director Boots Riley this July, and in October will be seen in The Old Man & The Gun.

Darin Dahms

Position: Actor

Actor:

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

Darius Kelly

Darius Kelly

Position: Assistant Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager:

  • The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel

Darrell Phillip

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

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

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