Have you ever met Somebody who knows Everybody? And I’m not just talking about Anybody, but an ‘A’ list of playwrights, producers, singers, songwriters, actors, actresses and activists, and the list goes on. Just walking into a small intimate theater or community room to participate as a judge for one of his acting competitions Detroit ‘n Hollywood, or if you were fortunate to attend one of his original Christian productions entitled The ‘Head’-Quarters or had the occasion of taking part in one of his annual Detroit Black Women’s Business Expo, you had the opportunity to rub elbows with these lists of heavy hitters in various industries, network and become acquainted with someone you’ve admired for years.
James Cohen is a man of many talents, with an acting career which spans over fifty years, he is also a teacher, playwright, producer and director. In addition, he has a love for children which started when he worked as a recreation facilitator during the summer months a few years after high school. His mission is to ‘love people and continue his thirty eight year dedication to children with JESUS at the very core and center of it all.’ His dedication to children gives him the present vision to have many opportunities in the future to continue teaching and effectuating their lives, in addition, he aspires to continue facilitating meaningful events in the community.
With all these credentials you might think Mr. Cohen (as I like to refer to him) would stand out in the crowd, someone you would notice right away without any hesitation, but, believe me that’s far from the truth. He is always so far behind the scenes that if you blink you might miss him. A very humble man of few audible words although his penmanship is impeccable to say the least yet his sincerity and amazing heart comes across in every event he manufactures.
Since this writing James Cohen has added writer to his credits with the release of his masterpiece ‘The Uni-Verse-City of Me!’ To be released at a special Gala Celebration and Book Signing, Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, in Detroit, Michigan. Also this event will launch the Detroit School of Acting previously the (Detroit n’ Hollywood School of Acting), which is exclusively the only school of acting in the city of Detroit.
I am not sure how Mr. Cohen is able to fit anything more into his repertoire but I am sure this won’t be the last of his accomplishments. Congratulations James Cohen on continuing to build your legacy in arts and entertainment and in the community!
James Cohen is a teacher, writer, producer, director and community youth theater acting facilitator. To order his self-published book entitled ‘The Uni-Verse-City of Me contact him on Facebook for your copy.