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Calvin Alexander Ramsey Bio

Playwright, Book Author, Photographer

Born in Baltimore, Maryland
Lives and works in New York and Sarasota, Florida

Education
  Studied at UCLA
Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop

Exhibitions
  Seeing In Tempo: Photography, June Kelly Gallery, New York
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Island
St. John, U.S. Virgin Island

Author
  Authored 12 plays and 2 children’s books
2013 Public radio show “Travel with Rick Steves” interview about the “Green
  Book
,”airing over 170 stations across the USA
2010 “Ruth and The Green Book,” the picture book inspiration for the Academy
  Award-winning film, “The Green Book.”

Productions
2007 Musical “Bricktop,” a cabaret-style look at the life of Ada “Bricktop”
  Smith, self-described performer and saloonkeeper who owned the
  nightclub Chez Bricktop in Paris from 1924 to 1961, Lorraine Hansberry
  Theater, San Francisco, CA
2006 Musical, “Bricktop” opened Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; had a
  nine-week run at Metro Stage, Washington, D.C.
“Canada Lee” chosen for a Play Lab at the Edward Albee Great Plains
  Theater Conference, Omaha, Nebraska
2005 “Canada Lee,” Ramsey’s exploration of complex career of African
  American actor and civil rights activist, read at National Black Theater
  Festival, Winston- Salem, NC
“The Green Book,” a two-act play about difficulties African Americans
  faced traveling during the Jim Crow era, World Premier, Atlanta, GA.
Read at Yale University and LaMaMa, Manhattan East Village
“Shermantown, Baseball, Apple Pie, and the Klan,” Stone Mountain, GA.
  venue
2004 Finalist, 12th Annual Last Frontier Theater Conference, Valdez, Alaska,
  critiqued by playwrights, actors, and directors, including Edward Albee,
  Tony Kushner, Lloyd Richards, Courtney Vance, and Patricia Neal

Awards
Jane Adams Award for “Ruth, The Green Book,” and “Belle, The Last Mule at Gees
  Bend”
Bank Street College Best Book
Star Review School Library Journal
Texas Blue Bonnet
Forward Magazine Best Book
ALA Notable Book
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice

Membership
Georgia Council for the Arts Theater Panel
Advisory Board of Emory University’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Collections
Woodruff Library, Atlanta, GA
National Arts Club, New York
Sons of the American Revolution, Louisville, KY
Former Bronx Museum of the Arts Trustee, NY

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