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Cut & Paste: Award-winning St. Louis actor Omega Jones says, ‘I’m taking care of me’

Growing up in and out of foster care, St. Louis singer and actor Omega Jones managed to find a silver lining: self-reliance.

It’s a trait that helps him confront racism as a young black man — and handle  the ups and downs of musical theater.

“I know at the end of the day, I’m taking care of me; no one else is,” he said.

Jones channels his experiences into his acting roles, including that of Coalhouse Walker, an early 20th-century pianist who challenged the status quo in the musical “Ragtime.” For his portrayal in the Stray Dog Theatre production, the 26-year-old, McCluer High School graduate won the local Theater Circle award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.

In our latest Cut & Paste podcast, we talked with Jones about his emerging acting career and the emotional catharsis of being on stage.

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Look for new Cut & Paste (#cutpastestl) podcasts every few weeks on our website. You can also find all previous podcasts focusing on a diverse collection of visual and performing artists, and subscribe to Cut & Paste through this link.

The podcast is sponsored by JEMA Architects, Planners and Designers.

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Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.

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