Black History Month

HISTORY OF BLACK ARTISTS AT THE ALLEY

Actors, Directors, Designers, Production, and Playwrights

ACTORS

Resident Company

  • Alex Morris (1992-1999): Our Lady of 121st Street (2004), The Exonerated (2004), Jitney (2002), A View From the Bridge (2000), Hydriotaphia or the Death of Dr. Browne (1998), Seven Guitars (1998), Spider’s Web (1998), Death of a Salesman (1997), Inherit the Wind (1996), Antony and Cleopatra (1996), In The Jungle of Cities (1996), Black Coffee (1996), Julius Caesar (1995), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1994), Tartuffe (1994), And Then There Were None (1994), Macbeth (1993), Miss Evers’ Boys (1992), One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1992), The Front Page (1992), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1991), The Boys Next Door (1991), A Flea in Her Ear (1991), TBone N Weasel (1990), A Christmas Carol (1998, 1990-1996)
     
  • David Rainey (2000-Present): Sweat (2021), Enemy of the People (2021), Medea (2021), The Man With the Flower in His Mouth (2021), 1984 (2020), The Winter’s Tale (2019), Murder on the Orient Express (2019), The Three Musketeers (2019), Whilstlin’ Dixie (2019),  Skeleton Crew (2018), The Great Society (2018), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016), All the Way (2016), One Man, Two Guvnors (2015), As You Like It (2015), You Can’t Take It With You (2013), A Few Good Men (2013), Clybourne Park (2013), November (2012), What We’re Up Against (2012), And Then There Were None (2011), Amadeus (2011), Peter Pan (2010), Our Town (2009), The Farnsworth Invention ( 2009), Mauritius (2009), Eurydice (2009), Cyrano De Bergerac (2008), Othello (2008), Arsenic and Old Lace (2007), Death on the Nile (2007), Treasure Island (2007), To Kill a Mockingbird (2007), Subject to Fits (2007), Much Ado About Nothing (2006), The Miser (2006), The Pillowman (2006), Hapgood (2005), Deathtrap (2005), Glengarry Glen Ross (2005), The Crucible (2005), After the Fall (2005), The Exonerated (2004), Black Coffee (2004), Top Dog/Underdog (2003), Hamlet (2003), You Can’t Take It With You (2003), The Thirteenth Chair (2002), And Then There Were None (2002), Invention of Love (2002), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (2002), Of Mice and Men (2002), Art (2001), The Devil’s Disciple (2001), A Flea in Her Ear (2001), Equus (2001), A Christmas Carol (2000-2021), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2000)
     
  • K. Todd (Ken) Freeman (2001-2006): Glengarry Glen Ross (2005), Topdog/Underdog (2004), The Exonerated (2004), Invention of Love (2002), Of Mice and Men (2002), The Thirteenth Chair (2002), Art (2001), Romeo and Juliet (1981), A Christmas Carol (2001-2004)
     
  • Shawn Hamilton – (2017-Present) Amerikin (2022), Sweat (2021), Medea (2021), Man. Kind. (2021), An Enemy of the People (2021), Pariah (2021), Old Black & White Hollywood (2021), Jabberwocky (2020), Survivors (2020), 1984 (2020), Murder on the Orient Express (2019), Winter’s Tale (2019), The Three Musketeers (2019), Whilstlin’ Dixie (2019), The Mousetrap (2018), All the Way (2016), The Great Society (2018), The Christians (2016), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (2018), A Christmas Carol (2016-present)

Non-Resident Actors

  • Jonathan Adams Fences (1990)
  • Janet Williams Adderley, A…My Name Is Alice (1985), Kiss Me Kate (1985)
  • Jude Akuwudike  - Not About Nightingales (1998)
  • Tyrees AllenThe Great Society (2018), Miss Evers’ Boys (1992)
  • Adam (Ace) AndersonThe Great Society (2018), All the Way (2016)
  • Russell Andrews Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1994), Miss Evers’ Boys (1992), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1991)
  • Akin BabatundeMiss Evers’ Boys (1992), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1992)
  • Ariyon Bakare Julius Caesar (1995), Antony and Cleopatra (1996)
  • Jerome Preston BatesSatchmo at the Waldorf (2018)
  • Jeanette BayardelleFreaky Friday (2017)
  • Michel Bell - Civil War (1998)
  • Pat Bowie - Dividing the Estate (2011)
  • Sean-Michael Bowles - Behanding in Spokane (2011)
  • Kelly Boyd – Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1991)
  • Jasmine Bracey - You Can’t Take It With You (2013)
  • Derrick J. Brent IISweat (2021)
  • Thomas Martell BrimmMa Rainey’s Black Bottom (1994)
  • Kim BrockingtonFrom the Mississippi (1993)
  • Roscoe Lee Browne Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1991)
  • Estée BurksMurder on the Orient Express (2018), Cleo (2018)
  • Karla Burns - A…My Name is Alice (1985)
  • Jernard Burks Seven Guitars (1998)
  • Vinie BurrowsHaving Our Say (1997)
  • Keith Byron-Kirk - Civil War (1998)
  • Jason E. CarmichaelTwelfth Night (2018)
  • Andrew Carson - All the Way (2016)
  • Allison Cherry Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1991)
  • William Christian - The Death of Bessie Smith (1986)
  • Lawrence Clayton - Civil War (1998)
  • Lawrence James - Fences (1990)
  • Eean CochranFreaky Friday (2017)
  • Robert Colston - Of Mice and Men (2002)
  • James Craven Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1991)
  • Wayne DeHart Jitney (2002), One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (2002)
  • Timothy Dickson - Of Mice and Men (2002), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (2002)
  • Brandon Dirden Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1991)
  • Candice D’MezaOld Black & White Hollywood (2021), Survivors (2020), Skeleton Crew (2019), Cake (2018), Put Your House in Order (2018)
  • Leslie Doqui Seven Guitars (1998)
  • Kena Tangi DorseyFrom the Mississippi (1993)
  • Ron Dortch Hadrian VII (1972), U.S.A. (1971), Camino Real (1971)
  • Daryl Edwards - Open Admissions (1985)
  • Michelle ElaineSweat (2021), For Steve Wozniak, on His 67th Birthday (2021), Enlightened (2020), Cinched and Strapped (2018), Quack (2018), The Carpenter (2017), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (2017), All the Way (2016), The Old Friends (2014)
  • Hassan El-AminAll the Way (2016)
  • Sheldon Epps Endgame (1977), Twelfth Night (1975), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (1973)
  • Frances Foster The Sty of the Blind Pig (1976)
  • Cheryl Freeman - Civil War (1998)
  • McKenzie FryeSyncing Ink (2017)
  • Alice M. GatlingThe Mousetrap (2018), (end of message) (2018), Doubt (2007), To Kill A Mockingbird (2007), The Crucible (2005), The Exonerated (2004), Our Lady of 121st Street (2004), Antony and Cleopatra (1996), Julius Caesar (1995), A Christmas Carol (1995), The Crucible (1994)
  • Henry Giles Jitney (2002)
  • Renée Elise Goldsberry Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1994)
  • Carl Gordon The Sty of the Blind Pig (1976)
  • Elaine Graham  – Home (1982)
  • Linda GraváttSophia (2019), The Young Man From Atlanta (1996)
  • Albert Farrar – The Death of Bessie Smith (1986)
  • Lou Ferguson Seven Guitars (1998), Ohio Impromptu (1991), Sizwe Bantu is Dead (1985)
  • Kenneth FosterAnother Part of the Forest (1986)
  • David HarewoodJulius Caesar (1995), Antony and Cleopatra (1996)
  • Michele HarrellTender Mercies (2018)
  • Sydney Haygood Twelfth Night (2018)
  • Nuri HazzardSyncing Ink (2017)
  • Crystal Henderson Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1991)
  • Stephen McKinley Henderson Sizwe Banut is Dead (1985)
  • Tommy Hollis — Threepenny Opera (1980), Fathers & Sons (1981)
  • Jessie Hooker Freaky Friday (2017)
  •  Rodney Scott Hudson, ...and if that mockingbird don’t sing (1982)
  • Hugh HurdFences (1990)
  • Margaret IveyThe Winter’s Tale (2019)
  • George Jackson Indians (1975), Ban Bagley’s Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter (1974)
  • Jovan (Eric) JacksonThe Trip to Bountiful (2003), Hamlet (2003), The Invention of Love (2002), The Devil’s Disciple (2001), Equus (2000), A Christmas Carol (2001-2003)
  • Lazette Jackson The Miracle Worker (1962)
  • Ewart James-WaltersJulius Caesar (1995), Antony and Cleopatra (1996)
  • Louise Jenkins The Sty of the Blind Pig (1976), The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1958)
  • Mark JacksonA Christmas Carol (2012, 1998-2000), A Few Good Men (2013)
  • Samuel L. Jackson – Home (1982)
  • Stanley Andrew Jackson - The Three Musketeers (2019)
  • Byron Wesley Jacquet  – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1994), Of Mice and Men (2002)
  • Lawrence James Fences (1990), Jitney (2002)
  • Davi Jay - Of Mice and Men (2002), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1992)
  • Capathia Jenkins - Civil War (1998)
  • David JenningsFreaky Friday (2017)
  • Tiana Kaye JohnsonThe Great Society (2018)
  • Constance JonesMiss Evers’ Boys (1992)
  • Cynthia Jones Seven Guitars (1998)
  • Joy Yvonne Jones - A Midsummer Night's Dream (2016), As You Like It (2015)
  • Orlanders Tao Jones Put Your House in Order (2018)
  • Joaquina Kalukango The Mountaintop (2013)
  • Monica KoskeyJulius Caesar (1995), Antony and Cleopatra (1996)
  • Aicha KossokoJulius Caesar (1995), Antony and Cleopatra (1996)
  • Ken LaRon Seven Guitars (1998)
  • Elisha LawsonSyncing Ink (2017)
  • Sylvester LeBlanc - Love Janis (2008)
  • Storm LeverFreaky Friday (2017)
  • Gilbert Lewis The Sty of the Blind Pig (1976)
  • Guy LockardThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (2017)
  • Barbara MarshallThe Little Foxes (1961)
  • John McCurray - The Death of Bessie Smith (1986)
  • Mara McGhee(end of message) (2018)
  • S. Ephatha Merkerson – Home (1982)
  • Theresa Merritt  – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1994)
  • Delores Mitchell Fences (1990), Having Our Say (1997)
  • Lizan MitchellSkeleton Crew (2019)
  • Brandon J. MorganSkeleton Crew (2019)
  • Eileen J. MorrisA Christmas Carol (1996)
  • E.J. Morris Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1991), A Christmas Carol (1997)
  • Gwendolyn Mulamba Seven Guitars (1998)
  • Nsangou NjikamSyncing Ink (2017)
  • Adesola A. OsakalumiSyncing Ink (2017)
  • Joe Palmore - Tender Mercies (2018)
  • Joseph (Joe P) Palmore - Queen of Basel (2018), One Man, Two Guvnors (2015)
  • Carian Lynée ParkerSophia (2019)
  • David Pegram - A Few Good Men (2013)
  • Portia - The Monster at the Door (2011)
  • Wayne Pretlow - Civil War (1998)
  • Big Walter Price The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia (1976)
  • Jim PondsMiss Evers’ Boys (1992)
  • Libya V. PughRoan @ the Gates (2017), Clybourne Park (2013)
  • Sheila RamseyFrom the Mississippi (1993)
  • Stefan Raulston - Wonderland (2010)
  • Jermaine R. RembertFreaky Friday (2017)
  • Keiana Richard - Dividing the Estate (2011)
  • Roger Robinson - Dividing the Estate (2011)
  • Charles Robinson My Sweet Charlie (1972), Spoon River (1972), Camino Real (1971), The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail (1971)
  • Robyn “DJ Reborn” RogersSyncing Ink (2017)
  • Howard SaddlerJulius Caesar (1995), Antony and Cleopatra (1996)
  • Steven J. Scott Jitney (2002)
  • Rita Shelton [now Rita Shelton Deverell] The Ponder Heart (1962)
  • Kevin R. Shepherd Fences (1990)
  • Antoine L. Smith - Toxic Avenger (2012)
  • Anna Deavere SmithTwilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (1997)
  • Tiffany Rachelle StewartThe Winter’s Tale (2019)
  • Cameron Khalil StokesTwelfth Night (2018)
  • Elaine I Taylor Self Defense (1987), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1991)
  • Jackie Teamer - Another Part of the Forest (1986), Stepping Out (1987)
  • Jarred TetteyA Christmas Carol (2018, 2019), High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest (2022), Tender Mercies (2018), As You Like It (2015)
  • Raven Justine TroupAmerikin (2022), Choosing Love (2021), The Aves (2020), Sophia (2019), A Christmas Carol (2013, 2016, 2020)
  • Phillip VanLear Jitney (2002)
  • Penelope Walker Jitney (2002)
  • Adolphus Ward Fences (1990)
  • J.D. Webster - The Gershwins' An American In Paris (2008)
  • Gloria Weinstock Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1991)
  • Cassandra White - Civil War (1998)
  • Clarence Whitmore - To Kill a Mockingbird (2007)
  • Beatrice WindeThe Young Man From Atlanta (1996)
  • Clifton Williams Jitney (2002)
  • Tommar Wilson - Wonderland (2010)
  • Tristien Marcellous WinfreeA Few Good Men (2013), The Elephant Man (2013)
  • Bowman Wright The Mountaintop (2013)
  • Cedric Young Jitney (2002)
  • Kara YoungSyncing Ink (2017)

DIRECTORS

  • Tiffany Nichole GreeneHigh School Play: A Nostalgia Fest (2022), Old Black & White Hollywood (2021)
  • Eileen J. MorrisSweat, Associate Director (2021)
  • Raven Justine TroupSkeleton Crew, Assistant Director (2019)
  • Mekeva McNeilFor Steve Wozniak, on His 67th Birthday (2021)
  • Niegel Smith Syncing Ink (2017)
  • Joseph ‘Joe P’ PalmoreSyncing Ink, Assistant Director (2017), The Mountaintop, Assistant Director (2013)
  • Robert O’HaraThe Mountaintop (2013)
  • Claude Purdy Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1994), Miss Evers’ Boys (1992), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1991), Fences (1990)
  • C. Rosalind Bell Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Assistant Director (1994), Miss Evers’ Boys, Assistant Director (1992), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Assistant Director (1991), Fences, Assistant Director (1990)
  • Monte Cole (end of message) (2018) 
  • Horacena J. Taylor – Home (1982)​
  • Seret Scott From the Mississippi (1993)

DESIGNERS

Scenic

  • Felix E. Cochren, Jr. – Home (1982)

Costume

  • Samantha C. JonesSkeleton Crew (2019)
  • Alvin Perry – Home (1982)

Lighting

  • Jason LynchSkeleton Crew (2019)
  • Xavier PierceCamp David (2020), Amerikin (2022)
  • Jim Grant - Lighting, Technical Fellow (1968)
  • William H. Grant III –  Home (1982)

Sound

  • Kathy RuvunaSweat (2021)
  • Mikaal SulaimanSkeleton Crew (2019)
  • Justin EllingtonSyncing Ink (2017)
  • Sylvester LeBlanc -  Love, Janis, Saxophone (2008)

Choreographers

  • Hope ClarkeA Christmas Carol (2005-2019)
  • Gabriel “Kwikstep” DionisioSyncing Ink (2017)
  • C. Rosalind Bell Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1991)
  • George Faison - Civil War, Musical Staging (1998)
  • Dianne Mcintyre - Miss Evers’ Boys (1992)

PRODUCTION 

Stage Managers

  • Narda Alcorn Seven Guitars (1998)
  • Carmelita Becnel A Moon for the Misbegotten (2007), To Kill A Mockingbird (2007), The Trip to Bountiful (2003), Hamlet, Assistant Stage Manager (2003), Jitney (2002), House (2002), The Thirteenth Chair, Assistant Stage Manager (2002), And Then There Were None, Assistant Stage Manager (2002), The General From America, Assistant Stage Manager (2002), The Woman in Black (2001), The Real Thing, Assistant Stage Manager (2000), A Chrismas Carol, Assistant Stage Manager (2000)
  • Femi Sarah Heggie – Home (1982)
  • Ron Dortch U.S.A., Assistant Stage Manager  (1971)

Production Managers

  • Tajh Oates (2021-Present)

Production Assistants

  • Lauren Julun - A Christmas Carol (2021)

Crew

  • Brandon J. Morgan - The Winter’s Tale (2019)

Sound

  • Dwight D. (Douglas) Andrews Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Music Director (1994), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1991), Miss Evers’ Boys (1992)
  • Lovie Smith – Kiss Me Kate, Percussion (1985)

Dramaturgy

  • Jessie Hooker  Cyrano de Bergerac, Translator (1981)
  • Sybil Roberts Syncing Ink (2017)
  • Jessica Elaine Ellison Sweat (2021)

PLAYWRIGHTS

  • August WilsonJitney (2002), Seven Guitars (1998), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1994), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1991), Fences (1990)
  • Lynn NottageSweat (2021)
  • Chisa HutchinsonAmerikin (2022)
  • Dominique MorrisseauSkeleton Crew (2018)
  • Shawanna Renee RivonOld Black and White Hollywood (2021)
  • NSangou Njikam Syncing Ink (2017)
  • Ike HolterPut Your House in Order (2018)
  • Katori HallThe Mountaintop (2013)
  • John Kani Sizwe Bantu is Dead (1985)
  • Winston Ntshona Sizwe Bantu is Dead (1985)
  • Samm-Art Williams - Home (1982)
  • Phillip Hayes Dean The Sty of the Blind Pig (1976)
  • Dr. Endesha Ida Mae HollandFrom the Mississippi (1993)