Avery LaMar Pope is a multidisciplinary artist, storyteller, and teaching artist based in Cleveland, OH. He holds a BFA in Acting from Ohio University. As an actor, he has worked locally with Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, and serves as an Actor-Teacher at Great Lakes Theatre. He is a member of the Playwrights' GYM at Dobama Theatre and a member of the Playwrights' Wing at First Look Buffalo, NY. His play, A World Apart, was a 2021 New South Young Playwrights' Festival selection at Horizon Theatre in Atlanta, GA, and his play, Stand Trial, was a 2022-2023 Nord Family Playwriting Fellow finalist at Cleveland Public Theatre. His poetry, which highlights topics such as faith, the Black experience, love, masculinity, and grief has been seen at local poetry lounges and churches including New Community Bible Fellowship and The Word Church.