Gregory S. Carr is an instructor of Speech and Theatre at Harris-Stowe State University. He is an accomplished director and writer. Two of his plays, Johnnie Taylor Is Gone and A Colored Funeral have been given productions at the historic Karamu House in Cleveland. His essay “Top Brass: Theatricality, Themes, and Theology in James Weldon Johnson’s God’s Trombones” appears in Theatre Symposium Volume 21: Ritual, Religion and Theatre. Gregory’s newest play is titled Tinderbox, which focuses on the events leading up and following the devastating East St. Louis Race Riots of 1917. Two of his latest essays, “Weathering the Winds of Change: The Sustainability of the St. Louis Black Repertory Company” and “A Brand New Day on Broadway: Remembering Geoffrey Holder’s Culturally Relevant Costumes for The Wiz and the Messages of the African Diaspora” are scheduled to be published in the Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Theatre Symposium 26 respectively. Gregory has been an avid fan of super heroes and is developing a number super hero-related stories for the screen such as Watch Night, Fleur de Lis, and The Daguerreotypes. He is also working on a novel titled Murmuration, which addresses the cruel treatment of enslaved African Americans and how the ghost of unatoned for American slavery continues haunt America today and Disparate, a story surrounding mutated teens in a dystopian St. Louis in the future.
Commemorates the life of Missouri's most prominent nineteenth-century African American leader, James Milton Turner. The show chronicles how Turner overcame the difficulties of slavery, was educated secretively in schools throughout St. Louis, served as a body servant to Madison Miller (a Union colonel during the Civil War), was appointed U.S. minister to Liberia by Ulysses S. Grant, successfully won a lawsuit on behalf of former black slaves in Oklahoma, and established a many free colored schools throughout the state of Missouri.
Overcoming adversity, pursuing excellence, having perseverance, maintaining faith, serving humanity.