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            Gerald C. Rivers

            Biografie

            Gerald C. Rivers, grew up in Compton, California. Studied at the Sheenway Theatre Arts Repertory in Los Angeles, Earned an Associates of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from Los Angles City College, where he also served two terms as the ASO President and was a 3-time National Gold Medalist in Dramatic Interpretation with the National Forensics League. He then continued his education in Theatre & Marketing at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

            After college he joined the Academy Theatre (at that time, Georgia's oldest existing professional theatre), where he toured and performed for several years before going on to become the Associate Artistic Director. As a classically trained theatre actor, Gerald has performed with The Georgia Shakespeare Festival, the Hippodrome State Theatre in Florida and countless other regional theatres and is currently a company member at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum and Tony Plana's East L.A. Classic Theatre. In 2010 Gerald portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in several Los Angeles theatre productions and received critical acclaim for his performances in Maurice Kitchen's "Voices - A Legacy to Remember" and the Theatricum's "Carry It On".

            He is a tremendous voice over talent as well, doing everything from cartoons and video games such as the voice of M. Bison on "Streetfighter IV" & the deluxe edition, the voice of Ex-Death "Final Fantasy X & XI" along with the voice of Jackson Jax Briggs in "Mortal Combat" and Drakuru in "World of Warcraft" just to name a few to California and Georgia State Conservation spots. His biggest vocal success has come from being the voice of the late great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Gerald has earned accolades performing, speaking and touring all over the country and abroad as this resonating voice from the past. Over twenty years as the same character and dozens of King speeches fully committed to memory has garnered him recognition from the King family, the King Center, NAACP, SCLC, National Baptist Convention and he has been a part of the National holiday celebrations in Atlanta, DC, LA and Bermuda. Locally, he was seen at the Los Angeles Juneteenth Celebration in Leimert Park and heard live on KJLH Radio 102.3 with Adai Lamar on "Freetalk".

            He appears annually on the King Holiday on ESPN Los Angeles Radio and the Cake for King Celebrations at the California African American Museum, at Agape International Spiritual Center under the direction of Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith and the Olandar Gallery in Malibu. This year he was honored to appear live in the Los Angeles King Holiday Parade. He was also a special guest on "The Wings of Healing Show" with Dr. Larry Minor KCWG 103.7 The Truth Radio, seen at The Conga Room at L.A. Live and at the 103rd Birthday Celebration for Los Angeles resident Mary Henderson and at AME Zion Church in Pasadena.

            Mr Rivers has dedicated his life's work to keeping alive the spirit and inspiration of the late great Dr. King through his awe inspiring renditions. We know the messages of Dr. King are as relevant right now as they were over 50 years ago and Gerald's passionate renditions dramatically bring them to life and remind us all of these timely and universal words.

            He has committed to memory, verbatim over 20 of Dr. King's speeches in their entirety. However, one of Gerald's unique gifts is his ability to combine several of these speeches which flow seamlessly together to support a specific theme. As a result of years of study, Gerald was inspired to create a One Man Show called "What Do You Dream Of?" The show highlights Dr. King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech and culminates with "The American Dream" speech a lesser known version which truly speaks to world peace, unity and brotherhood. Gerald intends to take this show all over the world.

            Gerald's dream is to play the lead role in the Steven Speilberg epic bio pic, slated to go into production in 2013 on the life of the late great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A role Gerald was truly born to play.

            Sitting in an audience listening to Gerald literally become Martin Luther King Jr is an experience everyone must have at least once in their lifetime. To hear these words and have them delivered with such passion and urgency propels the listener to a higher level of consciousness. He speaks to that part of us that says "Stand up, do what you know is right, take action now!" The lives of everyone who hear Gerald speak are truly altered and blessed in the most deep and profound way.

            This connection with Dr. King has led him to a life of service working with young people of all ages in prisons, detention facilities both in Atlanta and Los Angeles. Gerald particularly enjoys his work in the schools, homeless shelters, senior citizen facilities, after school programs, violence prevention, conflict resolution and the community.

            Mr Rivers is passionate about keeping Dr. Kings words present and alive in our thoughts and actions on a regular basis......"Now is the time.... and the time is always right to do right."

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