Cornell Hubert Calhoun III is Arts & Culture Coordinator for Mayor Frank G. Jackson and the City of Cleveland. He is an award winning actor and playwright. His plays, Miss Pauline and Portraits of November were featured at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center and Paul Robey Theater in Los Angeles California in 2104. Mr. Calhoun is a three time nominee for the Cleveland Art Prize for Literature. He received a 2012 Writing Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center in Johnston, Vt. and was awarded the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. His play, The Mighty Scarabs received its World Premiere at the Karamu Performing Arts Theater in March, 2015. The play was directed by fellow Gym Playwright, Christopher Johnston. Calhoun’s is a three-time semi-finalist (2006, 2007 and 2013) at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, for his works, East 43rd , A Tyme 4 Blue and Blue Silk. Cornell’s Intergenerational plays, The Bad House, Scenes N Cedar & Central, A Child is Missing in Outhwaite Holmes, B.U.L .L .Y. NATION, Holiday Promise and Moments N’ Black History which he also directed were featured on Cleveland’s TV Channel 20. He credits much of his success to Cleveland theatre legends, Reuben and Dorothy Silver, his long-time mentors. Mr. Calhoun holds a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Education.