Archetypes: Ron Himes
An interview with Ron Himes, actor, director, producer and founder of the Saint Louis Black Repertory Company, which has developed a national reputation for staging quality productions from a black perspective. He founded the company in 1976 while still a student at Washington University and is an artist-in-residence at the university today.
What is your current frame of mind? Still standing.
When and where are you happiest? On the floor with my son.
What is your favorite smell? The ocean.
What is one word that describes you? Spontaneous.
What did you eat for breakfast today? An apple.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Uh,” and, “I’m just sayin’.”
What is your most marked characteristic? My shoes. I have a lot of shoes.
What is your greatest weakness? Chocolate.
What trait do you most admire in others? Perseverance.
Who or what is the greatest love of your life? My wife.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My workout regimen.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Sustaining the Black Rep Theater Company, and my son.
Which living person do you most admire? The president.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Malcolm X.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, who or what would it be? Ira Aldridge.
What is your greatest extravagance? Vacations.
What is your greatest fear? Failing.
On what occasion do you lie? To spare someone’s feelings.
Who are your favorite writers? Langston Hughes, August Wilson and Derrick Bell.
Who are your favorite playwrights? Samm-Art Williams and Lynn Nottage.
Who are your favorite actors? Jeffrey Wright, Viola Davis and Stephen McKinley Henderson.
What is your favorite hobby? Golf.
Where would you like to live? Dakar, Senegal.
Who are your heroes in real life? My grandfather and James McLeod, the late dean of the college of Arts & Sciences at Wash U.
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? My mother.
What’s something interesting that you just learned? That there are all kinds of addictions.
What are you most looking forward to? The next opening night.
What is one thing you wish would happen? The economy would take a tremendous upswing.
What is something you still want to learn? Negotiating.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? See my son graduate from college.
If you could say something to your younger self, what would it be? Focus, focus, focus.
Photo credit: Wesley Law