Steven Anthony Jones and actors from the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre will perform at the Equal Justice Society annual gala on September 13 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater. Our gala will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Our event will also feature performances by artists from the Marcus Shelby Orchestra and Zaccho Dance Theatre. Read our previous profiles of Marcus Shelby and Joanna Haigood.
Steven Anthony Jones is the Artistic Director at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Steven has worked professionally on stage, television and film for 40 years. Most recently, he was a core company actor at American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.), where he acted, directed, and taught. He originated the role of Private James Wilkie in the original production of A Soldier’s Play at the Negro Ensemble Company in New York. His many film and television credits include two seasons of Midnight Caller and a recurring role on the NBC series Trauma. Steven received his early theatre training at Karamu House in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He is a graduate of Yankton College in South Dakota. Other experience includes the Cleveland Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.
The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents plays by America’s foremost African American and multicultural playwrights; provides employment and career-building opportunities for actors, directors, designers, and technicians; and fosters youth development and education through workshops and outreach. LHT distinguishes itself as an eclectic learning community, sustained by both rigor and creativity. LHT draws from aesthetic, cultural and economic resources of the San Francisco Bay Area to enrich and strengthen the performing arts.
In 2013, Steven joined Marcus Shelby and Joanna Haigood of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in a three-year collaboration in which the three artists and their teams would create performances as the main features of EJS’s annual fundraisers from 2013-2015. The first performance was unveiled on August 28, 2013, at our annual gala at the Oakland Museum commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
The trio’s collaboration continues this year as they share an original performance with our audience at our September 13 event.