Department of Theatre and Drama
Hometown: New York
Baron Kelly is a four-time Fulbright Scholar who has worked nationally and internationally on Broadway, regional theatre, and in television and film. He trained at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is widely published author and sits on numerous editorial boards including The Harold Pinter Review and the Comparative Drama Conference.
After surviving growing up in a tough neighborhood in New York, I discuss my career beginnings singing with the Metropolitan Opera to eventually becoming a four-time world traveled Fulbright Scholar bridging cultural divides as a cultural specialist for the United States.
The talk is about pioneering African American actor, Earle Hyman, and his rise to international fame on the stages of Norway and Scandinavia in the 1950s-1990s. I discuss how a Black American was accepted by Scandinavia pre-Civil Right Era in America. Earle Hyman is better known to television audiences as Grandfather on the Cosby Show.