Announcing Special Guest Speaker at our 2016 Annual Meeting
Please join us for our 2016 Annual Meeting, where we will hear from this year’s special guest speaker: Ricardo Pitts-Wiley!
In 2003, Ricardo Pitts-Wiley and his wife Bernadet formed Mixed Magic Theatre &
Cultural Events, a non-profit arts organization, dedicated to presenting a diversity of
cultural and ethnic images and ideas on the stage. Ricardo serves as the company’s
Development Director. As the company’s director he has gained national and international
acclaim for his page-to- stage adaptations of Moby Dick, Don Quixote, Frankenstein, The
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave and the life and poetry of
Paul Laurence Dunbar.
He is the author of four volumes of performance poetry, Reflections: Growing Up a Black
Man in America, The Well of Woman, Night Voices and Man, Woman, Chaos. He wrote the
book and lyrics for the musicals A Kwanzaa Song, Celebrations: An African Odyssey,
Sara’s Jukebox and The Spirit Warrior’s Dream, as well as five plays including Fate Comes
Knocking and 35 Miles From Detroit. In 2009, Ricardo was the Martin Luther King Visiting Scholar at MIT in Cambridge, MA.
Ricardo Pitts-Wiley is an accomplished actor, director, playwright and composer. He has performed major roles at noted theaters throughout the United States including The Actor’s Shakespeare Project in Boston, Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, The Old Globe Theater and San Diego Repertory in San Diego, North Carolina Black Repertory, Rites and Reason and Perishable Theater.