Ma Raineys Black Bottom
Ron OJ Parson
A Doll's House
I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and was exposed to the arts at a very young age. And it has been a glorious journey. When I was 12, after 6 years of swearing that I’d be an open-heart surgeon like Daniel Hale Williams, I realized I actually wanted to perform for a living. This new endeavor took center stage. There was nothing else I thought I could love more. That has proven to be true.
In 2007, I started my journey at Howard University in pursuit of a BFA in Theatre Arts. Howard is a gift that keeps on giving and it prepared me for the professional path I was to take. I learned valuable lessons inside and outside of the classroom, was enriched culturally, grew tremendously as an artist, and gained a lot of confidence about actually going out into the world and being a professional actor.
Upon graduating, I moved back to Chicago to start my career and it has been such a rewarding journey. I’ve had the opportunity to perform on stages at various theatres including (but not limited to) the Goodman Theatre, Writers Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, American Blues Theater, Sideshow Theatre, Rasaka Theatre, and Congo Square Theatre. I have also been blessed to portray characters in several short films, feature film Range Runners, various commercials and television shows including Shameless, Chicago PD, Soundtrack, Chicago Med, APB, Embeds, and Chicago Fire. Collaborating with so many artists to tell stories has been the joy of my life and I cannot wait to see what is to come.
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