Actor, Writer, Radio-Host
Ron Bobb-Semple has moved audiences around the world with his brilliant one-man show, The Spirit of Marcus Garvey. As Michael Reckord wrote in the Jamaica Gleaner Newspaper, “The words ‘show’ and ‘performance’ do not do justice to the actor’s portrayal of our National Hero. As we watched, Bobb-Semple seemed to become Garvey.”
In 1999, Bobb-Semple, who was born in Guyana, journeyed to Dakar, Senegal, where he presented The Spirit of Marcus Garvey” on Goreé Island. In November of 2000, he returned to the Motherland with the project, this time at the Elmina Castle in Ghana.
Bobb-Semple received the Marcus Garvey Awards from the Government of Jamaica’s United Nations Association in 1988, and from the Marcus Garvey Celebration Committee in 1991.
For Black History Month 2001, Bobb-Semple was the voice of Garvey in the U.S. Public Broadcasting System’s special film, Marcus Garvey: Look For Me In The Whirlwind.
In 2012, He traveled to London, Sweden, Belgium and Germany where he showcased his cultural and educational presentation on Garvey as part of the Marcus Garvey Legacy Tour 2012 to Europe. The Spirit of Marcus Garvey has also been seen in Bermuda, Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, the Virgin Islands and throughout the United States.
Bobb-Semple’s stage credits include: August Wilson’s Jitney, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson and Fences, the latter co-starring with Avery Brooks; South African playwright Athol Fugard’s My Children, My Africa! and A Lesson From Aloes; Bingo!!, a musical directed by the legendary Ossie Davis who said, “Ron, you are one of the most gifted performers I have worked with”; and Pulitzer Prize winner Derek Walcott’s musical, Steel.
In 2005, Ron won the AUDELCO’s (Audience Development Committee) ‘Lead Actor’ Award for his portrayal of Durbin Freeman in Joyce Sylvester’s ‘A Freeman’s Hope’ at The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, New York.
Bobb-Semple’s film credits include Impasse; Truth; Nursing Tuskegee; Mental Vengeance; Playing Both Sides; Deep Trouble; Pressure; Lost Money, and several national television commercials.