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NAACP and OBIE Award Winner, Ty Jones, assumed CTH’s artistic and organizational management in 2009 after the financial crisis nearly forced the organization’s closing. Under his leadership, CTH stabilized its finances, grew its donor base and expanded its programming and community-based initiatives. Mr. Jones envisioned and launched CTH’s Uptown Shakespeare in the Park series in 2013, initiated an Uptown meets Downtown collaboration program, implemented CTH’s free monthly Literary Series to support playwrights of color and created educational programs for Harlem youth. In addition, Mr. Jones has assembled an exceptional board and staff and developed an organizational template for similar sized arts organizations to potentially replicate for their own stability. Artistic credits include: Broadway: The Great Society, ENRON, Judgement at Nuremberg, Julius Caesar, Henry IV; Classical Theatre of Harlem: The Blacks, Macbeth, Antigone, Henry V, Emancipation; Regional: American Shakespeare Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Guthrie Theatre; Film: Clifford The Big Red Dog, The Taking of Pelham 123, Redacted; TV: POWER, Blacklist, Chicago PD, Madam Secretary. He earned his MFA from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program.
Actor Ty Jones of Starz POWER talks about his life, career, and The Classic Theater of Harlem free productions.