Founded in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, The Robey Theatre Company is the brainchild of co-founders, colleagues and friends, Ben Guillory and Danny Glover.
Both theatre veterans, felt there was a great need for a professional company of artists who believed in the transformational power of Theatre – specifically, plays that would tell the vital and complex stories of the global black experience.
Since inception, the organization has grown its programming and has produced multiple award-winning stage plays. The Robey Theatre Company has served as the training ground for some of the nations most recognized actors of color and launched extraordinary careers.
The organization continues to expand its reach, while remaining committed to its founding purpose of developing original works.
What’s in a Name? Inspired by the renowned artist and activist, Paul Robeson – Robey as he was affectionately known to his friends – for more than twenty-five years, the organization has served the Los Angeles Arts Community as curators of socially conscious theatre productions and foster a community of artists of color through acting workshops, playwriting labs, staged readings, and productions reflecting its mission and purpose.
The Robey Theatre Company’s mission is to foster a community of artists whose purpose is to develop and produce plays written about the global Black experience. At its core, the organization is committed to effecting social change and to the preservation, production, and reinterpretation
of celebrated “Black Classics”
The Robey Theatre Company envisions a world where artistry encourages critical thinking and challenges each of us to see the humanity in ourselves and in others.