Roger Parris

I am a playwright, actor, poet, and arts educator with over forty years of experience. Some have asked which one do you like doing the most. Whichever one I’m doing at the moment is always my reply. Love it all. During my pre-teen years, Rosetta LeNoire, acclaimed stage, movie, television actress, and neighbor introduced me to the magical world of theater. She planted a creative seed in me that never ceases to grow.

A man in a background with books, wears a hat and smiles at the viewer.

As an actor, performed in “Amen Corner”, “Wine in the Wilderness” and “Nobody Knew Where They Was” to name a few. As a poet, my poetry has been published in six anthologies, most recently in Revelry, The Literary Voice Of The Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Association Of Florida and in Brilliant Flame, a literary tribute to Amiri Baraka. As a playwright, I’ve written twenty-five produced plays. Nominated three times for an AUDELCO award and received the AUDELCO Pioneer Award. Presently writing a new play, ‘I Can Feel The Moon.” Passing it on has been a passionate goal in my life and I have tried to accomplish that by working as an Arts Educator at the Lena McPhatter Youth Theater, Henry Street Settlement, and various other organizations servicing our youth.

Writing for Gallery & Studio Arts Journal has been an invigorating challenge and opportunity to interview and profile diverse artists whose commitment to their craft is extremely inspiring and affords me another creative space to hone my skills as a writer.