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Ron Himes 

Ron Himes


Ron Himes is the Founder and Producing Director of the Saint Louis Black Repertory Company and the Henry E. Hampton, Jr. Artist-in-Residence at Washington University. The Black Rep has developed a national reputation for staging quality productions from an African-American perspective.  He founded the company in 1976 while still a student at Washington University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  The Black Rep began touring to other college campuses and, in 1981, found a home in the former sanctuary of the Greely Presbyterian Church in north St. Louis City, which the company converted and renamed the 23rd Street Theatre. 

He has produced and directed more than 200 plays at The Black Rep, including all ten plays written by August Wilson. His Black Rep directing credits include: Sunset Baby, Purlie, Black Nativity: A Holiday Celebration, the critically acclaimed productions of Ruined and The Montford Point Marine. Himes also created and directed the highly acclaimed, Crossin’ Over and Tell Me Somethin’ Good. He has directed a number of world premieres such as Smash/Hit!, Insidious, Home the Musical, Servant of the People, Riffs, and Urban Transitions: Loose Blossoms. Directing credits from theatres across the country include Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Fences (The Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville); The Colored Museum and Blues for an Alabama Sky (Indiana  Repertory Theatre); Flyin’ West (Delaware Theatre Company); For Colored Girls.........(People’s Light and Theatre Company in Philadelphia); Riffs (Seven Stages in Atlanta); Spunk, Spell #7 and Radio Golf (Studio Theatre in Washington, DC); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and I’m Not Rappaport (Old Creamery Theatre in Garrison, IA); and An Enemy of the People (Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, AK). University and College credits include: Intimate Apparel, (University of Indiana in Bloomington); You Can’t Take It With You, (University of Wisconsin in Madison); The Championship Season and The Dance on Widow’s Row, (Dillard University in New Orleans); Three Ways Home (University of Illinois in Champaign); The Darker Face of the Earth (University of South Carolina in Columbia); Blues for Mr. Charlie, Hairspray, Ragtime, The Lion and The Jewel and Trojan Women (Washington University in St. Louis). Acting credit available upon request. 

In 2003, Himes was appointed the first Henry E. Hampton, Jr. Artist-in-Residence at Washington University, a joint appointment of the Performing Arts Department, African and African American Studies. In 2010 he  was a member of the U.S. delegation to the third World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures in Dakar, Senegal and he has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2013 Outstanding Organization of The Year Award from 100 Black Men and The Citizen of The Year Award from the Gateway Classic Foundation, 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award from University College at Washington University, St. Louis 2004 Heroes Pierre Laclede Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, The Arts & Education Council in 2001; Creative Artist Award, The Better Family Life in 1997; Woodie Award for Outstanding Direction, the St. Louis Black Repertory Company’; and Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1993, and from Washington University in 1997 and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Life and Legacy Award from the National Pan-Hellenic Alumni Council.  

Himes has served on boards, panels, and advisory councils for a number of arts organizations, including the United States Artists, The Joyce Foundation, The Theodore Ward Playwriting Awards, National Endowment for the Arts; the John F. Kennedy Center; the Arts and Humanities Commission, the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education; the Missouri Arts Council; the Regional Arts Commission; the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis; the Regional Commerce and Growth Association; the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Foundation; and the Midwest African-American Arts Alliance. 



Joshua Kane



It has been suggested that if you dropped Orson Welles, Artemus Gordon and the Count of Monte Cristo into a blender, the inevitable result would be Joshua Kane.  Raised in an illegal boarding house and obsessed from an early age with books, bullwhips, spoken word, knife-throwing and the theatre, Kane was destined for a career on the stage or in the state penitentiary. 

A classically trained actor, Kane has studied with such theatrical luminaries as Stella Adler, Bobby Lewis, Marcel Marceau, and Patsy Rodenburg. His versatility as a character actor has led to a wide range of theatre credits, including the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, John Dickinson in 1776, Nat in I’m Not Rappaport, and Friar Francis in Much Ado About Nothing. A member of Actors Equity Association, Kane has played limited runs at off-Broadway’s historic Lambs Theatre and Neighborhood Playhouse. 

Since 1991 Kane has run his own theatrical production company that exclusively produces theatrical, corporate and private events that feature Joshua Kane because, like Shakespeare’s Bottom, he wants to play all the parts. His fascination with the old-time radio dramas of Orson Welles and Vincent Price inspired Kane to reinvent “Theatre of the Mind” for a new generation.  

Kane’s original works include Gothic at Midnight—An Evening of Hilarity & Horror, his award-winning tribute to the Masters of the Macabre; Borders of the Mind—The Psychic Show for the Whole Family; A Force of Nature: or How I survived My Jewish American Family for the 92nd Street Y’s Oral Tradition Series; and Shakespeare’s Murderers, Madmen & Kings. Kane has performed to great acclaim at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, World Horror Con and Dragon Con. 

Kane’s vocal skills have been used to great effect as the narrator of Saint Saens’s “Carnival of the Animals” and Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” He has a lively career as a voice over artist (check out with commercial spots ranging from the Central Intelligence Agency, to Major League Baseball, to the release of KRE-O Transformers, and the Little Caesars “Deep Deep Dish” Pizza campaign. He can be heard on Pillsbury’s “It’s Baking Season” holiday campaign. He played the lead role of Robert Louis Stevenson in Little People, a radio production conceived and directed by Jad Abumrad for New York Public Radio’s Radio Lab, which has enjoyed frequent rebroadcasts since its debut. He also writes and performs original comic verse (including a performance on Colorado public radio).  


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