Tony Roseboro ’82 Delivers on Stage and in the Courtroom
In front of an audience stands a man whose job is to captivate and make people believe. He tells a story to pull them in, hoping to appear convincing. For Tony Roseboro ’82, this scenario plays itself out on stage and off.
A practicing attorney for nearly 20 years, Roseboro has been in the acting business since his youth. At the age of six, he joined the Columbus Junior Theatre and also performed in school and church plays. Today, Roseboro acts with the Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATO) in Columbus.
“Theatre is a point of release,” said Roseboro, an economics major at Wittenberg. “It allows me to let go and become a larger than life character.”
Since 1987, Roseboro has been in more than 40 productions. Two of his favorites include A Few Good Men (1994), in which he starred as Daniel Kaffee, and A Soldier’s Play (2001) as Captain Richard Davenport.
“They both allowed me to really stretch as an actor,” said Roseboro, who also starred as David Keaton in this year’s rendition of The Exonerated.
Though he is passionate about acting, Roseboro said he was interested in practicing law because he wanted to make a difference in his community. He graduated from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in 1985 and is currently the assistant city attorney for the City of Columbus, Real Estate Division. Looking at his two pursuits, he notes the parallels between the theatre and the courtroom.
“Being onstage and being in the courtroom involve telling a story and engaging the audience or jury in your story and getting them to care about your plot or case,” he explained. “You have to be convincing, warm, funny and honest in delivering your lines and in making your arguments.”
An active undergraduate, Roseboro was a member of Concerned Black Students (CBS), Student Hearing Board and president of his class both his junior and senior years. He continues to serve the Wittenberg community as a member of the university’s Alumni Board.