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
Position: Set Designer
Micheal David Ricks (Director/ Production Stage Manager/ Set Designer/ Lighting designer) who has been working with The Robey Theatre Company for four years and was the set designer for The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel.
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.
- Leonard Lennox Jones, The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel
Assistant Stage Manager/Prop Master:
- Knock Me A Kiss
- The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival
- The Emperor’s Last Performance
Position: Actor, Assistant Director, Associate Producer, Director
Dwain A. Perry (Director) Most recently seen in The Robey Theatre Company’ s, The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel by Levy Lee Simon at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston -Salem.
Other Robey credits include, The Last Season, Bronzeville, The Emperor’s Last Performance. and Anna Lucasta. Directing credits include, Permanent Collection, The River Niger. Transitions, and Knock Me a Kiss.
- Rudolf Slocum, Anna Lucasta
- Jodie Goodwin, Bronzeville 2009 & 2011
- n/a, Camp Logan,
- Charles Gilpin, The Emperor’s Last Performance
- n/a, The Last Season
- Lucius Lomax, The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel
- A House With No Walls Play reading from:
A Medley of One-Act Plays
- Deep River Play reading from: The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014
- Knock Me A Kiss
- Miss Pauline Play reading from: The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival 2014
- Permanent Collection
- The River Niger
Position: Playwright, Actress, Vocal Coach
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
- An Evening of Six Eclectic Scenes
- Theresa Lucasta, Anna Lucasta
- Charlotta Bass, The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel
- The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel