GROUNDS Cast

Voices Dr. Khai Muhammed Ali

James J. Johnson was last onstage as “Wynton” in 1st Stage’s co-production of The Royale (with Olney Theatre). Other regional theatre credits include: Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of a Native Son (Mosaic Theatre Company); Ruined (Arena Stage); Hero’s Welcome (1st Stage); Stick Fly (UVA Department of Theatre); Our Suburb (Theater J); The Member of the Wedding (Ford’s Theatre); The Unmentionables (Woolly Mammoth Theatre); Kingdom, Wedding Dance, Buffalo Hair (African Continuum Theatre Co.); Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Project of Frederick); Stonewall Country, Macbeth (Theatre at Lime Kiln); Anna Lucasta (Rep Stage); Jungle Book (Adventure Theatre MTC); Zomo the Rabbit, P. Nokio, Lyle the Crocodile (Imagination Stage); Homer P. Figg (Kennedy Center). FILM: Too Saved, Nocturnal Agony and The Henchman’s War.  EDUCATION: BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University. James is also a founding member of Galvanize, a support network for DMV theatre artists of color.

Voices Elijah Augustus Wright

Doug Spearman Writer/Director/Producer Doug has enjoyed a long and successful career as a television creative director, writer, and twice-Emmy nominated producer and commercial director. As a producer and director he’s worked for NBC, ABC, and CBS, BET, and UPN, the Disney Channel, and E! Entertainment Television. He’s launched several networks including UPN, SoapNet, and LOGO. His awards include a BPME silver medal and a New England Ad Age Best of Award.
As an actor Doug starred as Professor Chance Counter in the ground breaking television series Noah’s Arc on LOGO and the feature film of the same name. His career highlights also include work on such television shows as StarTrek Voyager, The Drew Carey Show, Charmed, The Hughleys, America’s Most Wanted, Gideon’s Crossing, MAD TV, Girlfriends, and the motion picture Cradle 2 The Grave with Jet Li and DMX. C and Any Day Now, which won Best of the Fest at Tribeca starring opposite Alan Cumming.
In 2012 Doug wrote and produced “Hot Guys with Guns”, a gay buddy comedy and distributed by Wolfe Releasing. In 2019 Doug’s film, “From Zero to I Love You”, a modern romance, started it’s festival run.

Voices Dr. Ivan Wilson

Will Jones (aka William Jaye) is a stage and film actor. His most prominent theater roles include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in The Mountaintop, Tom Robinson in To Kill A Mockingbird, Troy Maxson in Fences, and Bynum Walker in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. He is known for his role as Officer Harlon in the film When We Try, written and directed by Eric Rice. Will is honored to be a part of the Grounds family and would like to thank his family for helping him continue his dream to help bring stories and characters to life.

Voices Dr. Kwasi Sika

Kevin Troy is an American Actor known for The Inside (2019), currently on Amazon Prime, Consequences (2019), Bondage (2019) and several other major budgeted films such as XXX State of the Union by Lee Tamahori (2005), The Invasion  by Oliver Hirschbiegel (2007) and Body of Lies by Ridley Scott (2008).  Kevin has written, produced and directed works such as Damned (2011), The Amulet (2013) and currently Damned, Rise of the Fallen (2021) revamp.  

You can see more of his work here.  

Voices Dr. P. J. Wiley-Reid

Leslie M. Scott-Jones is a African-American southern woman from Virginia, encompassing all that entails. She studied theater education at VCU and Theatre Administration at Howard University. Leslie has been writing, acting and directing since her teens. The world premiere of her first play, which she wrote, produced and directed, Desire Moments was part of the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival. She has gone on to write several plays, novellas, and short stories which can all be found on Amazon. Book Ends, her first full length novel, hit the shelves Valentine’s Day Weekend 2016. 

Not limiting herself to fiction, Leslie has written reviews and thought pieces for CNN, Cville Weekly and Vinegar Hill Magazine as well as writing a contributing essay of Ifa Bayeza’s work Benevolence for the 2019 Penumbra Theatre Festival in 2019. 

Leslie currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is mother of two children and Mimi to two grandsons.