Director and Actor Bios – Some Old Black Man by James Anthony Tyler

SHAUN PATRICK TUBBS (DIRECTOR): is an actor and director. REGIONAL THEATRE: The Book of Grace (Zach Scott Theatre), Julius Caesar (Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Assistant Director), The Tempest, An Ideal Husband, Macbeth (Austin Shakespeare Theatre), A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits (Salvage Vanguard Theatre), Crossing America (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Lobby Hero (Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara), Boys Next Door (Whitmore Lindley Theatre), Jitney (Human Race Theatre Company). OTHER THEATRE: The Red Box (Actor/Director), Tape (Director), Pride and Prejudice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bad Penny, The Shadow Box, Elephants Graveyard, and Don Juan In Hell (The University of Texas at Austin); The Laramie Project and Our Country’s Good (Wright State University). Mr. Tubbs received his M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, and B.F.A. from Wright State University.


Set in the small religious town of Greenwald, Mississippi, Some Old Black Man, is the story of irascible, anti-religious, 82 year old Donald Jones. He is a man resistant to change, but as his health declines he faces the inevitable.


ARTHUR FRENCH as Donald Jones

FREDRIC MICHAELS as Calvin Jones, Ph.D.


SEAN TURNER as Willy Carson

C. NIAMBI STEELE as Louise Freeman


Kathryn Neville Browne (Theresa): A New York actress with experience in theatre, film, and a current web series, Kathryn was nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress at the Indie Soap Awards for her work as Sandra Haven in the web series Empire. Her most recent short film, Waffle, screened at the prestigious South by Southwest Film Festival last year.  New York Theatre productions include Ibsen’s The Wild Duck (Gina); Romeo and Juliet (Lord Montague/Apothecary); The Women of the Mahabharata (Gandhari); Ruby’s Story (Adult Ruby) and A Christmas Carol (Mrs Cratchit). Kathryn recently appeared in the feature length film of a critically-acclaimed Off Broadway productionBomber Jackets.  Special thanks to James, my fellow actors, and Sean and Patrick.

Arthur French
Recent appearances: Broadway- Dividing the Estate, Off Bway- The Picture Box, Film – Red Hook Summer, TV – Pan Am, Original Member – Negro Ensemble Company, Obie Award – Sustained Excellence of Performance, Lucille Lortel Award – Best Featured Actor


Fredric Michaels: Actor; A Street Car Named Desire, Mothers and Stop, Work Day, The Keeper, TRU-LOVE (a web series), and BETRAYAL (independent film). Director; B’s Monologue, Green Honey Love, Kiss of Guilt, A Dance Between Friends, Way Back Home, I Saw You Dancing at The Casbah, and FITS. Stage Manager; Eulogy for The Blackman. Sound Technician; Times Square Theatre Festival, The Colored Museum, and The Resurrection of Alice. Filmmaker; TAE EM a love story (original short film he wrote, starred in, and directed). Membership; The American Theatre of Harlem (ATH), The Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop (FSWW), The Uptown Playwrights’ Workshop (UPW), and Harlem Playwrights 21 (HP21).

C NIAMBI STEELE as “Louise Freeman” is thrilled to be working again with the playwright, James A. Tyler. Coming from a rich legacy of Black theater in the revolutionary times of the 1960’s, Niambi has always loved working with poets, playwrights and spoken-word artists.  Before coming to New York, she was privileged to work with poet/playwright Mari Evans in two works, “River Of My Song” and “Eyes”, (adapted by Ms. Evans from Zora Neale Hurston’s, “Their Eyes Were Watching God”); with musical arrangements by Dr. David Baker; directed by Woodie King, Jr.  “As an actor, I’ve been incredibly blessed to have been a part of many real-time collaborations involving the creation of plays.  It’s an amazing experience.”  Since coming to New York, she has worked with many playwrights— J e Franklin (Black Girl Productions), Carl Clay (Black Spectrum Theatre), Yusef Salaam (Schomburg Center), Wallace Shawn (La Mama, ETC), Lorna Littleway (Juneteenth Legacy Theatre), Gertrude Jeanette (H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players), Leslie Lee (Negro Ensemble Company), Michael Jones (New Federal Theatre), Frank Silvera Writer’s Workshop (Harlem & National Black Theater Festival),  and students from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.  She recently worked with Florida playwright, Aleshea Harris, in the world premiere of her play, “RIP.TIED” (freeFall Theatre Company, St. Petersburg, FL).  Niambi continues to study at T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre.

Sean C. Turner comes to acting from the world of stand-up comedy: where he has appeared on BET”s “Comic View” and toured nationally.  Sean is a member of the Frank Silvera’s Writer Workshop (FSWW) and Harlem Playwrights 21 (HP21).  This is his first reading with Blackboard he wishes to thank his friends and family for their support.


About blackboardplays

Familiar with the collectives for poets and other Black writers that had been created over the years and slightly envious of that sense of community, I became curious about a similar place for playwrights. I wanted to see Black playwrights, actors and directors excited over each others work and supporting each other. I was longing for a “home” as a Black playwright and wanted to see other Black artists in that home, not to be exclusive, but because there was a void. I was also eager to find other Black playwrights who shared a passion for the craft of storytelling. The stories of the Black community are diverse and are often hidden behind the blockbuster stereotyped versions. The non-artistic Black community, not involved in the writing of these stories, is yearning to see themselves in our stories and it is apart of my life’s work to ensure that happens. the cell is any artists’ dream: a new space that supports you as you grow, committed to new work and the art. This allows the writer to focus on the craft - to focus on their story. Nancy Manocherian and Kira Simring welcomed this idea with open arms and instantly became apart of what we later called “Blackboard Reading Series”. Every reading will conclude a twenty minute talk-back with the audience. Dialogue with the community is essential to what we want to do with the series. As we grow, there may be more readings a month, play festivals and of course productions. We want to nurture and develop new black playwrights for this generation! Thank You! Garlia Cornelia Jones Founder, Blackboard Reading Series
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