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Ben Guillory

Ben Guillory studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for the past 35 years as an actor, director, and producer.

Currently, Mr. Guillory is the Producing Artistic Director of the award winning Robey Theatre Company, coordinating Robey's Playwrights Program, directing the Robey Play Reading Series, and serving as instructor for its Advanced Scene 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 with the Against Type Theatre Company, Bronzeville, The River NigerThe Emperors Last Performance, The Reckoning, and Pity the Proud Ones are some of his accomplishments as Producing Artistic Director, and co-founder along with Danny Glover of The Robey Theatre Company.

Mr. Guillory received 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 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 and again for The Reckoning in 2011.

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, My Name is Earl. Films 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. In the interest of diversity in the Television and Motion Picture industry, Mr. Guillory was invited to forge an on going partnership with CBS and ABC resulting in development of a nationwide Industry Diverse Showcase for actors of color.

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Working at It
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Working at It

16 March 2013

Ben Guillory writes about The Robey Theatre Company, and the importance of outreach and bringing audiences to black history.