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Calvin Ramsey

Calvin Ramsey Calvin, playwright, photographer, and folk art painter, grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and Roxboro, North Carolina. In addition to being a year-round resident of Martha´s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Calvin has a passion for travel and has lived in New York City, New York, Santa Monica, California, and the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix and St. Johns.

A staged reading of his play, The Green Book, was produced by the DeKalb History Center and is now scheduled for a January 2006 world premier by the Arena Players Theater (the oldest African American theater in continuous operation for 53 years) in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Green Book was one of only 25 selections from more than 400 entries of the 12th Annual Last Frontier Theater Conference held in Valdez, Alaska, in June 2004. His entry received critiques from playwrights Edward Albee, Tony Kushner, Romulus Linney, John Guare, and Constance Congdon; critiques also came from legendary director, Lloyd Richards, as well as actors Marian Seldes, Courtney Vance, and Patricia Neal.

His play, Shermantown, Baseball, Apple Pie and the Klan, was scheduled for a stage reading in the Village of Stone Mountain, Georgia, at Art Station in August of 2005 but was moved to the theater at The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on Flat Shoals Parkway. The play was moved because the Board of Art Station thought the play was slanderous and inciting. The play gained national attention because it became a censorship and First Amendment issue.

His play Canada Lee was read at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 2005.

Most recently he has written Bricktop, the Musical, which opened February 17, 2006, at the Southwest Fulton Arts Center. Bricktop, the Musical was co-written by Tom Jones, the founder, artistic director, and writer of the former Jomandi Theater.

Calvin has also emerged as a gifted folk art painter and photographer with showings in art galleries and private collections.