Ben Guillory studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for the past 30 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 it’s 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, 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 serves 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 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 Miss Ever’s Boys, and the Robey/Greenway co-production of Permanent Collection at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
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, 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.
Judith has twenty years of non profit arts and humanities projects experience. In addition to grant management and development work, Judith provides volunteer coordination and community outreach for Robey. Past events and projects include the LA Festivals connected with the US Olympic Games; UNESCO Day of the Child; Watts Towers Music and Drum Festivals; Pan African Film Festival; Slamdance Film Festival; and the Malcolm X Festival. Judith illustrates her own books–books for adults who miss their favorite fairy tales or zany comic books. Judith is a graduate of Spelman College and has studied at the University of Ghana and obtained an advanced degree from UCLA. Her travels have included Cuba with filmmakers and artists; West Indies; Greek Isles and Athens; Egypt; Turkey; and Mexico by train to Mexico City and Puebla. Her plan is always to blend the business experience she obtained before discovering non profits with her love for the arts and humanities to support organizations that sustain those aspects of our culture.
Dominique was introduced to the arts as part of the inaugural class of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in 2001. In college she was President of the Black Repertory Theater Group and became familiar with the administrative side of the arts at UC Davis. During graduate school she had the privilege of interning at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts as well as working at Young Audiences of Western New York. In 2012 she visited Hong Kong and studied abroad in Singapore, she received her Master’s in Arts Management in 2013. She continues to work in dance as part of the Project21Dance administrative team led by the renowned Maura Townsend. Dominique is ecstatic to be working with such a reputable and influential organization, The Robey Theatre Company, during the 20th Anniversary year. She is continuously looking to expand her knowledge and gain experience towards becoming a dynamic leader in the arts management field.
Dwain A. Perry
Associate Director / Producer
Dwain Perry graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Theatre. After spending over ten years in Chicago and working in regional theatre across the country, Los Angeles is now where he calls home. More specifically, The Robey Theatre Company. Dwain made his directorial debut at the Robey with their production of Permanent Collection. Other credits include, A House with No Walls, Asst. Director, Bronzeville, Actor, and The River Niger, Director.
Dylan Southard is a dramaturg, director and writer, as well as the co-Artistic Director of the Los Angeles-based company Needtheater. Locally, he has worked with the Center Theatre Group, The Geffen Playhouse, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Native Voices at The Autry, Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, Uranium Madhouse and the Network of Ensemble Theatres. Additionally, he is an associate artist with the international new play development program LoNyLa and a frequent contributor to the theater websites Howlround and L.A. Bitter Lemons. Dylan trained as a dramaturg under a two year fellowship with Centerstage Baltimore and is a graduate of Wesleyan University.
Chris Carnell is a multimedia consultant and IT specialist with more than 15 years of experience in print, online media, and video. He learned web programming during the onset of the “dynamic web” and has been designing interactive websites ever since. Chris is a Microsoft Certified Professional and an A+ Certified Technician. He is currently practicing mobile development and social media marketing. Chris is grateful to be working with The Robey Theatre Company, increasing their web presence and growing their social media reach.
Board of Directors
- Robey Co-Founder
- Board Chair
- Producing Artistic Director
- Board Treasurer
- Financial Consultant
John Sergio Fisher, AIA
- John Sergio Fisher & Assoc.
Danielle Forbes, Esq.
- Board Secretary
- Associate Counsel
- Writers Guild of America, West
- Talk Show Host
- Stargazer Entertainment, LLC
Dwain A. Perry
Board of Advisors
- Robey Co-Founder
- Carrie Productions
- Arts Manager
- Arts Culture Entertainment (ACE), LLC
Charles F. Johnson
- CEO, Lotus Communications
- Producer and Director
- Carrie Productions
- Executive Creative Development
- Walt Disney Imagineering
Diana Price Smith
- Diana Price & Associates
- Executive VP & Chief Diversity Officer
- CBS Corporation