Douglas Prout was born in Montego Bay but received his early education in the UK when his parents emigrated in the 60’s. His glittering career justifiably places him as now one of the most versatile theatre practitioners of his generation. His interest in the Arts may have been nurtured during his formative years in Britain, but it wasn’t until his High School years, on his return to Jamaica and at Cornwall College, that his talent began to develop. With the vehicle of The Schools Drama Festival, and early inspiration and direction from the likes of the late trio of Leo Oakley, Jane Crichton and Dr. Carol Dawes, Douglas went on to develop a love for the dramatic arts that would serve him well in the years to come. After a few Shakespearean productions in High School and directing his first piece while pursuing tertiary education, it was fitting that Douglas would then meet who was to become a lifetime friend and mentor, ‘Mr. Shakespeare’ himself – the late Theatre Guru, Paul Methuen. Paul, who selflessly served theatre in Jamaica for well over thirty years, is the founder of the Montego Bay Little Theatre Movement, a friend of Sir Noel Coward and was the quintessential theatre professional. Paul first directed Douglas as the juvenile lead in Errol Hill’s West Indian classic folk drama, ‘Man Better Man’ in 1976 and remained a positive influence throughout his career.
Douglas is now a seasoned professional, having first hand experience of most facets of modern Theatre, radio and television. He has performed on most Jamaican stages, in Cayman, Canada, in numerous US cities and in a number of venues across Britain. His passion, dedication and attention to detail have seen him maturing from a lead actor into a multi-award winning Director.
He has an impressive array of over 50 successful commercial productions under his belt. He prides himself in having been pivotal in the development of Montego Bay’s Fairfield Theatre to professional standards. A highlight of his tenure at the helm of the Fairfield Theatre was his spearheading the highly successful tour of South Florida with David Heron’s ‘Against His Will’ in June 2000. Another milestone was his nomination in the ‘Best Actor in a leading role’ category in the 2000 ITI (Ja. Centre) Actor Boy Awards, Kingston Jamaica (for Heron’s “Love and Marriage and New York City”). His acting has gone on to earn him several subsequent nominations both in the Supporting and Lead Actor categories. Even more significant are his all of three separate nominations for his direction of Basil Dawkins’ “Feminine Justice” for the 2001 Actor Boy Awards. The categories that he earned nominations were: Best Set Design (with Peter Dodd), Best Lighting Design and Best Director. He earned another Best Director nomination for his 2003 work on Heron’s powerful piece, REDEMPTION. The 2004 ITI Actor Boy Awards saw Douglas earning nominations for Best Director and Best Musical for Fairfield’s ‘Man Better Man’, in addition to other Best Actor in the supporting category for Pablo Hoilett’s “REMEMBER ME?” Having had several other nominations for Best Director in the following years, he cemented his place firmly in the history of contemporary Jamaican theatre when he walked away with back to back Best Director Awards in 2009 and 2010 for “For Better Or Worse” and “White Witch” respectively. He also enjoyed a recurring role as the attorney ‘Maurice Rae’ on CVM TV’s long-running, popular soap, “The Blackburns of Royal Palm Estate”.
Doug’s command of the spoken word, his sensitivity, his comfort with both drama and comedy, and his ability to dig deep into a role have served him well in the capacity of actor or as Director.
In 2005 he was awarded the prestigious Bronze Musgrave Medal for his distinguished eminence in theatre, by the Institute of Jamaica. That same year saw him copping a Silver medal from the JCDC for his co-authorship of the script “Family Affair”, in the annual Creative Writing Competition. He later went on to direct his own “Family Affair” when it was successfully produced at the Pantry Playhouse in Kingston.
In 2011, he boldly walked away from a successful 20 year career in management and from corporate Jamaica. He now earns a full-time living from his passion, and has now joined the elite band of full time Jamaica theatre directors. Through his own Bay Vibez Company, he created and executes the popular interactive “haunted Night Tour” now enjoyed by tourists and locals at the legendary Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay, Jamaica, 7 days a week.
Whether as a marketing practitioner, proven trail blazer, self-employed creative director, writer, set designer, or devoted father, this energetic creative being brings his all to whichever role he plays… on or off stage!