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Oba William King
Oba is an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award Recipient in Traditional Folk Arts, A Jewel/Osco Hidden Jewel of The Neighborhood; A Gwendolyn Brooks Hands on Stanza's award recipient as well as other distinguished awards. He is a featured artist through Center Stage for WTTW television in Chicago; the Bermuda State Library; PBS radio station WBEZ FM program ÒSo Many Ways To Tell A Story; The Bronzeville Children's Museum, the DuSable Museum, CPS Early Childhood Education, and The Sun Foundation's Arts and Science in the Woods. Oba's history of presenting programs for teen, adult and seasoned adult audiences dates back to 1994 'Breaking Chains' a one-man show at Beatrice Community College in Nebraska. In 1998 Oba received an award nomination for the lead role in Dracula at Lifeline Theatre, in Chicago. His trend-setting presentation of Sound of a Voice, by David Henry Hwang was presented at The Halsted Theatre in Pilsen, 2001.
In 2008 Oba won the Black Theatre Alliance award-for best lead male actor for his portrayal of Louie in Louie and Ophelia at ETA Theatre also in Chicago, Illinois. During 2010 Oba's programs are featured as Headliner for Fox Valley Storytelling Festival, The Celtic Knot, Evanston Illinois, Stage Left/Spoken Word Cafe Woodstock, Illinois, Signifying and Testifying Storytelling Concert Minneapolis, Minnesota, St Louis Public Library Dream Weavers program, National Association of Black Storytellers, 37 and 38 Annual Concert and Festival.
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