A Free Man of Color

Enjoy an Ohio University production right here in Cleveland!

The Ensemble Theater presents A Free Man of Color at Notre Dame College's Performing Arts Center. The show is about John Newton Templeton, the first African-American graduate in Ohio, graduating from Ohio University in 1828. For a more detailed description, visit the Facebook page  "Free Man of Color."

The play opens on February 10 and runs through February 27. Current Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis will be in attendance on the 10th.

Thursdays @ 7:30 pm
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 2pm

Call 216.321.2930
E-mail info@ensemble-theatre.org
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Meet the Ensemble

  • The play is being directed by Tony Sias, who is an MFA graduate of Ohio University and the Director of Arts Education for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.  
  • Diane Mull, who plays the part of Jane Wilson is also a BFA graduate of Ohio University. 
  • Free Man of Color is the Cleveland premiere of playwright Charles Smith, the head of the Professional Playwriting Program at Ohio University. A recipient of the 2008 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, he is also a member of the Playwrights Ensemble at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, and an alumnus playwright of the Tony Award-winning New Dramatists in New York. Smith will give a talk back and greet the general public after the Feb. 19 performance.