The Founders

The FoundersBen Guillory

Ben Guillory studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for the past 45 years as an actor and director. Currently, Mr.  Guillory is the Producing Artistic Director of the award winning Robey Theatre Company, coordinating Robey’s playwright lab, directing the Robey play reading series, and serving as instructor for its Advanced Scene Study Workshop. Co-producing with Elephant Industries Bee-Luther-Hatchee, Yohen 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, Anna Lucasta, Dr. DuBois and Miss Ovington, No Place to Be Somebody, and Birdland Blue are some of his accomplishments as director and co-founder of Robey.

In the interest of diversity in the Television and Motion Picture industry, 2001 brought an ongoing partnership with ABC resulting in development of a nationwide Industry Diverse Showcase for actors. Mr. Guillory served as Director for ABC Diversity showcases and has mounted multi-cultural showcases for CBS and consults with Fox. While at the American Conservatory Theatre, Mr. Guillory appeared in, Julius CaesarThe Taming of the ShrewPeer GyntDesire under the ElmsMisanthropeThe Cherry OrchardOthello, 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 Miss Ever’s Boys, and the Robey/Greenway co-production of Permanent Collection at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Knock Me A Kiss, The River Niger, Dr.DuBios and Miss Ovington. Mr. Guillory won the San Francisco Critic’s 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 won the DramaLogue Award and Special NAACP Theatre Award and for his directing efforts on For the Love of Freedom: Part I, No Place to be Somebody he was presented with an NAACP Theatre Award.

Television credits include: 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.

Films include: The Color Purple, Our Father, The Tuskegee Airmen, Star Wars, Maid to Order, The Kindred, 3 Strikes, Crawlers and America’s Dream.

The FoundersDanny Glover

Actor, producer, and humanitarian, Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage, and television for more than 25 years. As an actor, his film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced. In recent years he has starred in an array of motion pictures including the critically-acclaimed Dreamgirls directed by Bill Condon and in the futuristic 2012 for director Roland Emmerich. In addition to his film work, Glover is highly sought after as a public speaker, delivering inspiring addresses and moving performances in such diverse venues as college campuses, union rallies, and business conventions.

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 and Africa. For these efforts Glover received a 2006 DGA Honor and was honored with a 2011 “Pioneer Award” from the National Civil Rights Museum. Internationally Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998-2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease, and economic development in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Glover was presented in 2011 with the prestigious Medaille des Arts et des Letters from the French Ministry of Culture and was honored with a Tribute at the Deauville International Film Festival. Currently Glover serves as UNICEF Ambassador.

In 2005 Glover co-founded New York-based Louverture Films with writer/producer Joslyn Barnes. The company is dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value, and artistic integrity. Among the films Glover has executive produced at Louverture are: the César-nominated Bamako; Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and Oscar and Emmy nominated Trouble The Water; the award winning The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975; and the 2012 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner The House I Live In. He has also associate produced Elia Suleiman’s The Time That Remains, and the 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

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 has also invested his talents in more personal projects including the award-winning To Sleep With Anger which he executive produced, and for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor; Bopha!ManderlayMissing in America; and the film version of Athol Fugard’s play Boseman and Lena. He also starred in The Royal Tenenbaums, Saw, Shooter, and Death at a Funeral.

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 and in the telefilm Freedom Song, and earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Showtime’s Just a Dream as a director. Most recently, Glover was a co-star on the popular television series Touch.