founding company member

…was last seen as Troy Maxson in the 2019 Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of August Wilson’s Fences. Other roles include Maverick in Portland Playhouse’s production of Scarlet, the Musical (2018); Doub in American Stage Theatre’s 2016 production of August Wilson’s Jitney (2016 Outstanding Lead Role in a Play – Theatre Tampa Bay); Sterling in American Stage Theatre’s Radio Golf (2015 Outstanding Feature Role in a Play - Theatre Tampa Bay); Hambone in American Stage Theatre's Two Trains Running (2014 Outstanding Feature Role in a Play - Theatre Tampa Bay); Boy Willie in Center Theatre Company’s The Piano Lesson (Critic’s Choice for Best Actor - Creative Loafing); the Bus Man in Center Theatre Company’s Whirligig: A Rock Musical; Adriana/Antipholis/others in The Bomb-itty of Errors (The Stage Award - Best Ensemble) at American Stage, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Helix in Dublin, Ireland, and Ambassadors Theatre on London’s West End. 

He was the premier comedian at Laff Tuesdays, the professional comedy club at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.  He has headlined at Dublin, Ireland’s The Comedy Cellar, London’s The Comedy Store, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He has opened for REO Speedwagon, The Sugar Hill Gang, Kathleen Madigan and Eddie Griffin and has shared billing with Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock, and Paul Mooney. He has mounted nine "one-man jams," including “ranney” in Surround Zound (Shimberg Playhouse, Tampa); And the Horse You Rode In On (Projects Arts Centre, Dublin), Whatever (People’s Improv Theater, New York), Incendiary (The Straz Center, Tampa), and Cufflinks and Jolly Ranchers for Dummies (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Scotland. As a director-choreographer, “ranney” has successfully mounted challenging original work including Maxwell, the Rock Musical.

He has been a teaching artist for 25 years, teaching theatre camps, workshops, performing arts courses, and privately instructing at every level, including as an adjunct professor for the University of South Florida School of Theatre and Dance. He has worked with Patel Conservatory (the accredited educational institution of the Straz Center, Tampa Bay’s answer to the Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center) since its inception in 2004, where he teaches stand-up comedy, acting, spoken word, and scene study. A key member of both the diversity committee and curriculum committee at Patel, he does poetry workshops with high school students and incarcerated youth for the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. He has been the keynote speaker for both the Florida Scholastic Press Association and the Florida Parent-Teacher Association.

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