Artist in Residence
About Ron Dortch
Ron Dortch is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he earned his BFA degree in Acting/Speech. He is also a graduate fellow of Purdue University in Theater. Further studies were completed in classical theater at the Rose Brueford Drama School in Bromley Kent, England.
His professional acting career spans a period of over 35 years which includes stage, television, and film. Major stage credits include: A Mid-Summer Night's Dream - N.Y. Shakespeare Festival; Othello at Shakespeare Santa Cruz; and the world premiere of Maya Angelou's On a Southern Journey. In 2001, Dortch was invited by the National Theatre of Uganda, Africa in association with the American Embassy to guest star in their production of Jitney, celebrating August Wilson.
Television credits include: Amen, Hunter, One Life to Live, and Davis Rules with comic genius Jonathan Winters. Film credits include: The Ya Ya Sisterhood, Buried Alive 2, Blood Ties and The Favorite with Oscar Winner F. Murray Abraham.
As an educator he has served on the summer acting faculty of the NC School of the Arts (8 yrs), and also has taught acting at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts-Washington, DC; Winston Salem State University; A&T University and McCrary University in Uganda, Africa.
Dortch has received two citations for excellence in acting from the Kennedy Center. He served on the steering committee of the First Mid-West Black Theatre Conference in Chicago, Illinois. His acting career is discussed in Dr. Samuel Hay's book, African American Theatre: A Historical and Critical Analysis.