Troy Osborne Pryor is an award-winning producer, actor, and speaker from Chicago. He is a Chicago Scholars 35 Under 35, Black Enterprise TCX Fellow, and ADColor nominated Innovator of the Year. 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 on the runway. Troy is the founder and CEO of multiple companies under his umbrella, Pryor Holdings, including: Troy Pryor Studios, Creative Cypher, Cypher Writers Lab, Cypher Media, and Cypher Live. Pryor has systematically built a media brand that aggregates hundreds of artists and brokers production deals to help build Chicago’s creative community. His work has been on ABC, HGTV, DIY Network, TV One, Aspire TV and his collaborations with brands like TED Talks, Chicago Ideas, Common Ground Foundation, Next Showcase USA, Black Ensemble Theater have helped cement his place as an influencer. Pryor is the founder of The New Breed Film Showcase (Film), curator for Next Showcase USA (Music), producer of The Artists Expo (Spoken Word), Producer for Marktd Sneaker contest and artistic advisor for TEDxChicago. Troy sits on multiple creatives boards, including SAG-AFTRA Chicago, Chicago Ideas Radical Creators, Black Harvest Film Festival, and Gene Siskel Film Center Associate Producers.
His vertically integrated media brands has allowed Troy to release multiple films, web series, and routinely tapped to curate experiences for brands like, TEDx, Soho House Chicago, Black Ensemble Theater. He is the creator of the New Breed Film Showcase, co-creator of F is For Funny, comedy show, and co curator for The Artist Expo. Troy continues to provide mentorship for multiple youth programs and was a 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 and he strives daily to reach his full potential.