Troy Osborne Pryor is an award-winning producer, actor, speaker, power broker from Chicago. He is a Chicago Scholars 35 Under 35, Black Enterprise TCX Fellow, and 2018 AdColor Innovator of the Year nominee. His work has landed on ABC, HGTV, DIY Network and more. A scholar, who was also heavily involved in competitive sports growing up, Troy went on to become both a record-breaking Powerlifter and Linebacker for the University of Illinois. After sustaining a number of critical injuries and having a chance meeting with Tyler Perry, Troy was inspired to change his trajectory as an athlete to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
As a multi-faceted artist and accomplished content creator, Troy has performed on countless stages, TV/Film productions, voiceovers, commercials, and runway fashion shows. Currently sitting on several local and national boards, he is the youngest person in its history to become an elected Board Member of SAG-AFTRA Chicago as Chair of its New Media Committee. Additionally, Troy is the CEO and founder of several content studios and organizations including, Troy Pryor Studios, a full-service production company, Cypher Network, a distribution company, and Creative Cypher, a non-profit organization that supports creative communities and investements in several tech initiatives.
The positioning of these vertically integrated media brands has allowed Troy to release over 30 films and web series, broker production deals, aggregate hundreds of artists and projects. He is also routinely tapped to curate experiences for, TEDx, Soho House Chicago, CommonGround Foundation, Black Ensemble Theater, Stage 18, and many more–all of which have further solidified his position as a powerful influencer within Chicago’s artistic community. Troy continues to provide mentorship for multiple youth programs and was great contributor to programs like the White House project, "A Call to Arts,” started by President Barack Obama.
Still very much grounded in the values of his church family, Troy understands he is blessed to be in a position to share his blessings. He continues to spend his time ministering, mentoring, and coaching others. Troy's years as an artist and athlete have taught him that the most powerful muscle is the mind. His goal is to continuously inspire others as he strives daily to reach his full potential.