Michael A. Jones, Playwright
His writing credits include the plays, “It Takes a Village to Raise…Hell,” “Family Matters,” “Angela’s Justice” and “Josh: The Black Babe Ruth. He has written numerous screenplays and was commissioned to write, “The Skin I’m In” a play that is touring the N.Y. Public Schools. He is a founding member of the Uptown Playwrights’ Workshop.
As a performer, he has performed in plays such as August Wilson’s Women (AUDELCO AWARD), Fences (AUDELCO AWARD), Wild Children (written by Vincent Pastore of the HBO series The Sopranos), 365 Plays/365 Days, Two Gentleman of Verona, Black Girl, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His films include, “Family Matters,” with Arthur French, “No Tips; No Love,” “A House with Many Windows,” and “An Unremarkable Life”(with Charles Dutton).
Charles Weldon, Director
Charles Weldon, currently the Artistic Director of The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc., is a veteran director and actor of stage, film and television. His directing credits include; the NEC productions Futurology, The Musical, Cabaret Émigré, and The Picture Box. He has also directed; Colored People’s Time for the New York Public Schools, The Offering, at Rip Rap Studio Theater in Los Angeles, and Waiting 2 End Hell, at the Shadow Theatre in Denver. Charles began performing as the lead singer with the group, The Pardons in 1968, writing and recording the number one smash hit, Diamonds and Pearls and was in the cast of the original San Francisco production of Hair. Charles came to New York with the Broadway musical, Big Time Buck White, with Mohammed Ali and, in 1970 he joined The Legendary Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) as an actor. He was seen in NEC’s The Great MacDaddy, The Offering, The Brownsville Raid, A Soldier’s Play, and NEC’s Broadway production of The River Niger. He was in the cast of; Second Stage Theatre’s award-winning play, Birdie Blue, with S. Epatha Merkerson, Thunder Knocking at the Door, at the Guthrie Theatre, Fences and King Lear, at the Asolo Theatre; It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues at Kennedy Center, Piano Lesson, at Centre Stage, Touch the Names: Letters to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (original cast recording); Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, and Driving Miss Daisy, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; The Madwoman, A Selfish Sacrifice, A Streetcar Named Desire, King Hedley, II, Jitney, Coming of the Hurricane and Two Trains Running, at the Denver Performing Arts. Film credits include; Stir Crazy, Serpico, A Woman Called Moses, The River Niger, and more recently, Malcolm X and, Showtime’s, The Wishing Tree with Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood. Television credits include; Roots: The Next Generation, and appearances on Law and Order/Trial by Jury, Police Story, New York Undercover and Law and Order. He has won several awards including; the “HENRY” (Excellence in Regional Theater) for Best Supporting Actor in Gem of the Ocean, by August Wilson, and has been awarded Best Supporting Actor by Audelco for his role in Seven Guitars at Signature Theatre. In addition to his role as Artistic Director, Charles is proud to be the co-founder of The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. Alumni Organization.