Who was Paul (Robey) Robeson? 

  • An American Icon

    • Paul Robeson was one of the great minds and most accomplished and unique artists the twentieth century has produced.

  • Early Childhood

    • Robey is the nickname given to Paul Robeson by his friends.

    • Son of a slave who escaped to freedom at age fifteen.

  • An Athelete

    • The first Black man to be named all-American in college football; considered one of the greatest ends in the history of the game.

    • An all-round college athlete, star of baseball, basketball, and track.

    • One of the first Blacks to play and star in professional football.

  • Academic Excellence

    • An all-round academic genius in college at Rutgers University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and valedictorian of his class.

    • The third Black graduate of Columbia Law School. The first Black lawyer to enter one of New York’s most prestigious law firms.

  • Musician

     Robeson had a superb bass-baritone singing voice. In 1925 he gave his first vocal recital of African American spirituals in Greenwich Village, New York City, and he became world famous as Joe in the musical play Show Boat with his version of “Ol' Man River.”

  • A Scholar

    • A brilliant scholar of language and world culture, recognized as such by some of the world’s most respected historians; he also studied, spoke, and wrote more than twenty languages, including several African languages, Chinese, Russian, and Arabic.

  • The Theatre

    • The first Black actor to do Othello on Broadway 1943 (298 performances) gave the most memorable performance and profound interpretation of Shakespeare’s Othello in modern times.

  • An Entertainer

    • American’s first truly Renaissance man- an accomplished singer, actor, activist, athlete, orator, musicologist, scholar and humanitarian.

The Robey Theatre Company

514 S. Spring Street

3rdFloor Los Angeles, CA  90013

Telephone:  213-489-7402


Hours: 11 am – 5 pm

The Robey Theatre Company is a federally designated 501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt Organization.  All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.Please consult your tax professional for relevant information.

Robey Theatre Company is a proud member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American Theatre.