2021 Princess Grace Award
Nominated by: The Theatre School at DePaul University
Grace Le Vine Theater Honor
Justen Ross is a black, queer, multi hyphenate artist born, raised, and currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Actor, poet, and musician are few of many roles that this ambitious soul takes on. He is a 2021 graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University where he co-founded Black Artists of Today, an organization dedicated to emphasizing black voices within a conservatory environment. During the pandemic, he has managed to write, produce, and star in both his own music video (Fairy) and short film (Gazing).The young talent also creates online content for a 70K+ following. Outside of art, he is a motivational speaker and a spiritual light worker. Ross is passionate about teaching people the power of performing arts from an afro-diasporic lens. Many will witness the dynamic impact this jack of all trades will certainly have on our culture in due time.