Ruben Santiago-Hudson is a Tony Award-winning actor, an accomplished writer/director
with three Obie awards. In addition to an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination he received
numerous accolades for his screenplay of HBO’s Lackawanna Blues. He received the
2013 Lucille Lortel and Obie Award for Best Direction of August Wilsons The Piano
Lesson, and in 2016 an Obie Award for Special Citations: Collaboration of the play
Skeleton Crew with playwright Dominique Morriseau.. Ruben currently stars in BET’s hit
series The Quad opposite Anika Noni Rose set in the culture filled world of a HBCU
returning for season 2 in January, 2018 in which he will also have his directorial debut.
Ruben recurs in Showtime’s hit series Billions opposite Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti.
Ruben directed August Wilson’s JITNEY! on Broadway opening to rave reviews in January
2017. He starred on Broadway in Lydia Diamond’s play Stick Fly produced by Alicia Keys.
Santiago-Hudson co-starred for three seasons as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery on the
hit ABC series, Castle. Ruben starred in AMC’s gritty crime drama Low Winter Sun based
on the 2006 British mini-series. His screenplay debut Lackawanna Blues for HBO,
received the Humanitas Prize, a Christopher Award, National Board of Review Honors, a
NAACP Image Award; and Emmy, Golden Globe and WGA nominations. Under the artistic
leadership of George C. Wolfe, the Public Theater/NY Shakespeare Festival originally
commissioned Lackawanna Blues as a solo performance piece. Santiago-Hudson
performed the play bringing to life over two dozen characters garnering his first OBIE
award. Working with the Public Theatre again in the summer of 2010, Santiago-Hudson
starred as King Leontes in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of A Winter’s Tale.
On film Santiago-Hudson starred opposite Denzel Washington and Russell Crow in
American Gangster, opposite Halle Berry in Their Eyes Were Watching God, Demi
Moore and Kevin Costner in Mr. Brooks, Samuel L. Jackson in Shaft, Al Pacino in Devil’s
Advocate, and John Travolta in Domestic Disturbance. On television he portrayed famed
chemist Dr. Percy Julian in Forgotten Genius and starred opposite Gregory Hines in The
Red Sneakers. Ruben’s other feature films and mini-series include American Tragedy
with Christopher Plummer, Solomon and Sheba with Jimmy Smits and Halle Berry — the
first time a biblical movie starred actors of color, and opposite Christopher Reeve in Rear
Window. Other TV credits include a series regular role on Michael Hayes, recurring roles
on The West Wing, Law & Order, TNT’s Public Morals and numerous guest star
appearances incl. ABC’s political drama Designated Survivor.
Santiago-Hudson made his directorial debut with August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at the
McCarter Theater in Princeton and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Most recently Ruben directed the world premieres of Paradise Blue for The Williamstown
Theater Festival and his own Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine for The Two River
Theater Company and Cabin In The Sky for ENCORES! at NY City Center. His off-
broadway Directing credits include Naomi Wallace’s Things Of Dry Hours at the NY
Theater Workshop, The Happiest Song Plays Last at Second Stage Theater, August
Wilson’s Seven Guitars, Leslie Lee’s The First Breeze of Summer and Athol Fugards My
Children! My Africa! all for The Signature Theater Company, where Santiago-Hudson held
the position of Associate Artist. Ruben was awarded the Obie, Lucille Lotrtel and CSDC
Calloway Awards for his direction of The Piano Lesson in the 2012 production also at The
August Wilson’s American Century Cycle was recorded at The Green Space NYC in
September of 2013. Ruben served as Artistic Director of dramatic readings of all 10 plays
for live audiences which aired on NY Public Radio. He directed Ma Rainey’s Black
Bottom, Jitney and The Piano Lesson and performed in Fences and Seven Guitars in
Ruben made his Broadway acting debut in Jelly’s Last Jam, opposite Gregory Hines, Also
on Broadway Ruben co-starred opposite Phylicia Rashad in Gem Of The Ocean and
originated the role of Canewell in Seven Guitars, which earned him several awards
including Broadways most prestigious award, the Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for
Featured Actor in a Play. Ruben’s regional theater and off-Broadway credits span over 30
Santiago-Hudson received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Buffalo State
College in 2006 and from Wayne State University in 2015. He also holds a Master of Fine
Arts from Wayne State University and an honorary Master’s from A.C.T. in San Francisco, a
Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University. Other Awards and honors include Outer
Critics Circle, Dramalogue, Clarence Derwent, Glen G. Bartle Award from SUNY
Binghamton, Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayne State University, three Audelco
Awards, Black Filmmaker’s Award, a Helen Hayes Award, a N.A.M.I.C. Award, and an HBO
Comedy Arts Festival Theater Award. Santiago-Hudson received a NAACP Lifetime
Achievement Theatre Award at the Los Angeles NAACP Theatre Awards in August 2009.
In 2014 The Ruben Santiago-Hudson Fine Arts Learning Center opened in his hometown of
Lackawanna, NY. This dream project, which Ruben has been a driving force of, has been
instrumental in teaching young people the transformative power of the arts.