Keynote Speaker

                                             Speaking Topics:

  • “All You Need To Know About Life, You Learned on Sesame Street”
  • “Sesame Street & The Civil Rights Movement”

Roscoe Orman has been known to millions for his 40 years as ‘Gordon’ on PBS’s highly acclaimed children’s series Sesame Street, where he has become a symbol of fatherhood to an entire generation.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Roscoe began his acting studies at the Circle In The Square Theatre School with Michael Kahn. Since making his professional debut with the Next Stage Theatre Company’s 1962 production of If We Grow Up, he has achieved a long and distinguished list of theatre credits. 

Roscoe has hosted many child related events, including national telethons for the prevention of both child abuse and violence among children as well as the Children’s Defense Fund’s Stand For Children and New York City’s Kid’s Day events.” He has toured extensively with his Gordon of Sesame Street concerts and as a keynote speaker.

As a writer, Roscoe has penned many poems and was a contributing editor of Black Theatre Magazine during the 1970s. Orman has also written a memoir, Sesame Street Dad: Evolution of an Actor.  He has also written a children’s book, Ricky & Mobo, which he also illustrated.

In 2008 he was named “Chief Storyteller” and national spokesperson for Audible Kids, the nation’s leading provider of digitally downloaded children’s literature. 

As an early member of the Free Southern Theater in New Orleans, Roscoe toured throughout the South for two years and served as the company’s artistic director for one season. A founding member of Harlem’s New Lafayette Theatre, he appeared prominently in most of that company’s productions.  He has appeared on Broadway in August Wilson’s Fences and in numerous feature films and television shows. 

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