Ronnie Malley is a multi-instrumentalist musician, actor, producer, and educator. With a background in Global Music and Performance Studies, Ronnie has collaborated with artists internationally and has composed and consulted for numerous cultural music projects in film and theater.
Recent theatre credits include: American Griot co-author/composer (Moraine Valley FPAC), Macbeth Hecate/musician (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Great Expectations composer/sound designer (Silk Road Rising), A Disappearing Number musician (Timeline Theatre), Ziryab, The Songbird Of Andalusia author/solo performer (Silk Road Rising), The Secret Garden musician (Court Theatre), The Jungle Book musician/consultant (Goodman, Huntington), The White Snake co- composer/musician (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The Who And The What composer/co-sound designer (Victory Gardens), The Sultan’s Dilemma associate producer/actor (International Voices Project), and The Arabian Nights musician/actor (Lookingglass). Recent music producer credits include: Lamajamal – Tsikago, Surabhi Ensemble, East Meets Middle East, Aurad Fathiya, The Andalusian Trail (staged production), and The Reminders.
Ronnie has a degree in Global Music Studies from DePaul University and is a teaching artist with Chicago Public Schools, a faculty member at Old Town School of Folk Music, and a guest lecturer at universities. He is an international artist and has performed for programs at the Kennedy Center (DC), Harris Theater (Chicago), Jaipur Literature Festival (India), University of Cordoba (Spain), National Song, Music, and Dance Theatre (Vietnam) and Wuzhen Festival (China), as well as on initiatives for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, APAP, Arts Midwest, and the Inner-City Muslim Action Network.
He conducts Arabic language artist residencies for Chicago Public Schools through Intercultural Music Production, and is a veteran teaching artist for music and theater with Global Voices Initiative, CAPE Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education and the Old Town School of Folk Music. Ronnie has performed with the music groups Allos Musica, Apollo’s Fire, Diwan Al-Han, EMME East Meets Middle East, Lamajamal, Mucca Pazza, Newberry Consort, Surabhi Ensemble, and the U of C Middle East Music Ensemble.