Herb plays Big Red Gilliam in Daniel Weber’s THE EXECUTION OF GOVERNOR BROWN… in Tri-State’s new play reading. Mr. Newsome is an actor/ writer/ director out of New York City. He began his acting career as a young boy in the films THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET, THE PICK-UP ARTIST and the Off-Broadway play BLACK GIRL at the Second Stage Theater. He received his BA in Theater from the University at Albany and his MFA in Acting from Penn State (2002). His selected credits include A RAISIN IN THE SUN, THE MEETING, MACBETH, RICHARD III, REVENGE OF A KING, TAKE ME OUT, 911: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PEOPLE, FREEMAN IN PARIS and five August Wilson plays- MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, FENCES, JITNEY, THE PIANO LESSON, RADIO GOLF. As a playwright he has penned two solo shows, IN DEVIL’S HEAVEN and FREEMAN IN PARIS, which was honored with 2011 Humanities Scriptwriting Award presented by the Institute of African American Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. His full length play REVENGE OF A KING, a hip-hop musical based on Shakespeare�s Hamlet, recently had a production at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. As a director his credits include REVENGE OF A KING for the NY International Fringe Festival, the national tour of ROLL OF THUNDER HEAR MY CRY for the National Theater of Arts and Education, FORGIVABLE SINS, a finalist at the Samuel French One Act Festival in NYC, SING BLACK HAMMER and JOURNEY OF THE SPIRITS at the Kuntu Repertory Theater, and TOPDOG/UNDERD0G at the New Horizon Theater. Herb is a founding member of The Standard, an artist collective in New York City dedicated to the development of new works in the arts (livethestandard.com). For more information visit herbnewsome.com.