In a recent article, Blues music historian, Angela Mack remarked, “I see Kevin as picking up the torch where August Wilson left off.” This quote resounds truth for this New Orleans native who he is committed to the historical examination and retelling of the African-American musical experience(s), and its artistic contribution to American and world culture. Kevin is a multi-dimensional creative artist who continues to cross-over varied artistic mediums, whether serving as the Co-Producer/Director/Writer on the award-winning short film Tap Rap, starring Savion Glover, to starring on Broadway in the award-winning Cy Coleman musical The Life, which garnered him an Outer Critics Circle nomination, as well as, guest star appearances on the Cold Case, 24, and Saving Grace.
He served as resident guest artist at the Milwaukee Rep (1992-10) & Delaware Theater Company (2006-12). His commissioned works include Chasin’ Dem Blues, (aka Grafton City Blues), Fire On The Bayou, and Sam Cooke: Forever Mr. Soul. His most recent commission was the World Premiere of A Cappella Humana, a 21st Century digital re-imagining of the Nativity Story.
Mr. Ramsey directed/co-choreographed the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway R&B musical From My Hometown, at the Gramercy Theater, and recent directorial and choreographic assignments were represented in the national commercial spots for GM Pontiac’s “It's in the Blood,” for Black History Month, and Prilosec’s “The Purple Pill.”
He co-authored with Lee Summers, directed and choreographed the late great Harold Nicholas of Hollywood’s most legendary dance team, the Nicholas Brothers, in the hit musical If These Shoes Could Talk. As an actor, other television guest starring appearances include, The District, The Hughley's, State of Grace, and Charmed. Film credits include, Sidney Lumet's Night Falls On Manhattan opposite Andy Garcia, Trial By Jury, opposite William Hurt, and Evidence of Humanity, opposite Peter Falk. Original Broadway cast of Black and Blue, Five Guys Named Moe, and David Merrick's Oh, Kay, which garnered him the Astaire and Theater World Award for Best Performance on Broadway, and starred in role of Mufusa, in the 1st National of The Lion King (LA).
He is a distinguished graduate of New York University, by way of Dillard University in New Orleans, and has a number of film, TV, and Virtual theater projects in development, as well as, pursuing his Masters degree at The New School in the Media Management/Studies Program. Kevin is a SDC nominee of the Zelda Fichandler Award for his contribution in the regional theater landscape, and for helping bring arts program into maximum secure care facilities for convicted adjudicated youths between 13-18 years of age.
Suzi Bass Awards History
2015 Suzi Bass Nominee, Director Musical, Chasin' Dem Blues, Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company