Ron OJ Parson is Co-founder and former Artistic Director of Chicago’s Onyx Theatre Ensemble. Directing credits include Home at Signature Theatre Company; Radio Golf at Pittsburgh Public Theatre and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati; Gem of the Ocean at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yellowman at Virginia Stage Co.; Conversations on a Dirt Road at ETA Creative Arts Foundation; East Texas Hot Links, Flyin’ West and Sty of the Blind Pig for Onyx Theatre Ensemble; Wedding Band, The Horn and Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train at Steppenwolf Theatre Co.; Let Us Live at Goodman Theatre; Hambone at Victory Gardens Theatre; A Raisin in the Sun at Studio Arena Theatre; Ali (Co-director) at Congo Square Theater Co.; Fences at Portland Stage Co.; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Day of Absence; Short Eyes; and Slow Dance on the Killing Ground. He has also worked as an actor at various theaters throughout the country. Mr. Parson’s film and television credits include The Drop Squad, Primal Fear, Ali, Barbershop 2, Early Edition, ER and Turks. Ron received a Jefferson Award for best director for his critically acclaimed production of FENCES at the Court Theatre.