Artist Bio

Ron OJ Parson

Ron OJ Parson

(Bio as of March 2018)

Ron OJ Parson returns to Goodman Theatre, where he last directed Let Me Live in the old Goodman Studio. As an actor, he last appeared at the Goodman in Romance. He is a resident artist at Court Theatre,and former co-founder and artistic director of The Onyx Theatre Ensemble. Recent directing credits include Skeleton Crew and Detroit 67 at Northlight Theatre; Fences at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Five Guys Named Mo’ at Court Theatre; East Texas Hot Links at Writers Theatre (where he is an associate artist); Paradise Blue, A Raisin in the Sun and Sunset Baby at TimeLine Theatre Company (where he is a Company member), Apt. 3 A at Windy City Playhouse; Gem of the Ocean at Court Theatre; The Who & The What at Victory Gardens Theater and Seven Guitars, The Mountaintop and Waiting For Godot at Court Theatre. Other Chicagoland theaters he has worked with include Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Black Ensemble Theatre, ETA Creative Arts, Congo Square Theatre Company, Teatro Vista (where he is an associate artist), Chicago Dramatists, Urban Theatre Company, Chicago Theatre Company, American Blues Theatre and City Lit Theatre. Regional and New York credits include work with Virginia Stage Company, Paul Robeson Theatre, Portland Stage, Studio Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Mechanic Theatre, Center Stage Baltimore, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, St. Louis Black Rep, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, Geva Theatre, Signature Theatre (New York), Alliance Theatre, South Coast Repertory and Pasadena Playhouse. In Canada, he directed the world premiere of Palmer Park at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and SDC. Parson hails from Buffalo, New York and is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s professional theater program.


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With Goodman Theatre

  • Romance Romance
    0506 Season
    Play by David Mamet
    Directed by Pam MacKinnon
  • Sweat Sweat
    1819 Season
    Play by Lynn Nottage
    Directed by Ron OJ Parson