Josiah Ray McCruiston is a creative director, a regional actor, teaching artist, and youth pastor/director who believes in the power of the creative spirit. His influence and creative works allow him to transform any space he enters with his infectious energy and spirit. He has performed across the nation, has worked in museum theatre (Indiana Historical Society, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, & Connor Prairie ), and has worked in arts education for over 10 years.
He is currently working on a master’s in art education at IUPUI. He has worked as the program director and youth pastor of Witherspoon Presbyterian Church where he also worked with the legacy of Dr. Mary Etta Rose and Judge Denise K. LaRue and Dr. Mary Etta Rose. He believes in community partnerships and responsibility to develop a brave space for all people to inhabit.
Through the years, he has created art programing for Indianapolis near-west and east side with free piano lessons and visual artist programs and musical theatre summer camps/masterclasses. In all programs, students were able to work under accomplished artists, bond with a cohort of their peers, and showcase their work to their community. He roots his work in the memory of The McArthur Conservatory and other Black Arts movements across the nation. He is an award winning writer and director and believes in the Afrocentric theatre arts.