I was excited and honored to interview Don B. Welch just days before the film adaptation of his popular inspirational stage play, The Lost Souls Café premiered on TV One. We covered so many topics in our conversation that if you never met him you will really feel like you know him after watching. He was oozing with positivity and dripping with wisdom. For those of you who may be unaware, Don B. Welch is an accomplished singer, actor, writer, director, playwright, producer and author. Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Donald began his professional career as a singer at age 15. As an actor he has had co-starring roles on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Cosby, several independent films as well as served as a celebrity judge for The Miss America Pageant 2000 and 2004 for ABC television, co-judging with Judge Judy, and Fox TV’s Greta Van Susseran.
As a playwright, he has written and directed over 27 productions. The most successful being: The Bachelor Party, The Bachelorette Party, My Brothers Keeper, The Divorce and Fight Club. Noted artists such as: Loretta Devine, Lynn Whitfield, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Dorien Wilson, Marla Gibbs, Ledisi, Kenny Lattimore, Dawnn Lewis, Jackee Harry, Freda Payne, Mary Wilson, Ananda Lewis, Flex Alexander, Shanice Wilson, Ellia English, Ginuwine, Malinda Williams, Keith Robinson, Darius McCrary, Carl Payne, Keith Robinson, Ernest L. Thomas, Judy Pace, Tatyana Ali & Essence Atkins have all been in a Don B. Welch production or film.
In addition, Donald has worked as a writer for superstar friend and fellow Philadelphian, Will Smith. In the year 2000, Donald, at the urging of Will, decided to relocate to Los Angeles to pursue further endeavors in the entertainment industry. Will immediately lent a helping hand by setting up various meetings with industry moguls and introducing Donald to the day-to- day mechanics of television.
Signed by Random House Publishers in New York, Don has written two very successful novels, The Bachelorette Party and In My Sisters House. He is currently working on a 3rd.
His first film, The Bachelor Party, was released nationally by IMAGE Entertainment. His next feature, 24 Hour Love, was released March 19, 2013, while The Divorce was released Feb 2014. TV One feature his newest project The Lost Souls Cafe this past Easter.
Press Play and enjoy my conversation with Don B. Welch. I've interviewed him several times on the red carpet, but there is nothing like going one on one. He's such a nice, cool fun guy that I didn't think I could like him anymore than I already did, but I was wrong. After our I interview I liked him even more. Watch below.