Renaldo McClinton is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. He is a musician and a professional actor who has done various work with numerous equity theaters both nationally and internationally. He is credited with work on major motion films as well. Renaldo graduated with his Bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University where he studied theatre performance. He then went on to study classical acting with a concentration in Shakespeare and Jacobean text at George Washington University's MFA program in Washington, DC. After spending some time in the classroom as a history teacher, he is excited to continue his studies at Columbia University in order to explore the connection between art, culture, oral history, and storytelling.