Ruben Santiago-Hudson


        A Tony and Obie Award winner,

              whose acting credits span stage, television, and film.

“To many, Ruben Santiago Hudson is known as one of the greatest Black directors of all time with greats like George C. Wolfe and Kenny Leon. But Ruben’s first rendezvous with August Wilson’s work was as Canewell in the original Broadway cast of Seven Guitars starring Viola Davis and Keith David. He won the tony in 1996 for Best Featured Actor has not looked back since. Now he’s considered an expert on the Pittsburgh cycle and continues to spread August Wilson’s legacy across the country.”Black Broadway


Ruben Santiago Hudson wins the 1996 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as Canewell in Seven Guitars.


He has performed in more than 100 plays. His portrayal of Canewell in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars garnered him a Tony award.

Jelly’s Last Jam

Ruben made his Broadway acting debut as Buddy Bolden in Jelly’s Last Jam.


L.A. Cast of Jelly’ s Last Jam (pre-Broadway). – Freda Payne, Karole Foreman, Scotch Ellis Loring, Keith David, Linda Twine, Leilani Jones, Obba Babatundé, Peggy Ann Blow, Robert Fleming, Robert Fleming, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tonya Pinkins, Phyllis, Phylliss Bailey Brooks, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Mary Bond Davis, and DeBorah Lynn Sharpe-Taylor.

Jelly’s Last Jam workshop-November 1991 –  Savion Glover, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Keith David, Mamie Duncan-Gibbs,  and Gregory Hines.

Seven Guitars


SEVEN GUITARS by August Wilson Goodman Theatre..Chicago.. – Ruben Santiago Hudson, Jerome Preston Bates, Albert Hall and Tommy Hollis.. – Directed WALTER DALLAS


Seven Guitars
1996: Ruben Santiago-Hudson. [Keith David]