Ronnie Malley

Executive director of Intercultural Music Production; theatrical performer, producer, educator, composer and musician; and Tony Award winner for the Broadway show “The Band’s Visit”
Class of 1997
Ronnie Malley’s talents span across many areas. He is a theatrical performer, producer, educator, composer and musician who is proficient on several instruments. Malley is the executive director of Intercultural Music Production, a cultural arts organization that collaborates with schools, higher education institutions, intercultural/interfaith groups and arts organizations to promote a global community through performance and education.

Malley was an actor, musician and Arabic dialect coach for the Broadway show “The Band’s Visit,” which won 10 Tony Awards and a Grammy. His film and theater credits are extensive and include work at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Silk Road Rising, Berkeley Rep, International Voices Project and many more. An international performing artist, he has traveled across the globe and played with numerous groups and ensembles.

He completed his general studies at Moraine Valley before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in global music studies from DePaul University. He was the first person in his immediate family to earn a college degree and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in linguistics and classical Arabic and Hebrew at the University of Chicago. He plans to eventually earn his doctoral degree.

In 2019, Malley co-wrote “American Griot,” a play that explores the shared history of Islam and the blues in Africa and America, as part of Moraine Valley’s Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America project. The play had its world premiere at the college.

He was the recipient of the 2020 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Citizen Artist Award and Certificate of Merit for Music Direction for “American Griot.” He also received Jeff Award nominations in 2017 for Best Original Music for “Great Expectations” and in 2014 for Best Original Music for “The White Snake.”

Malley is an educator who has worked as a teaching artist for the Chicago Public Schools, Global Voices Initiative and Chicago Arts Partnership in Education. He is on the faculty of the Old Town School of Folk Music and is a guest lecturer at various universities.