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harlem is...THEATER Exhibit - Special Reception and Dialogue

Community Works NYC and Community Matters NYC in association with the City College of New York

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Community Works and Community Matters NYC invite you to a Special Reception Celebrating the Expansion of our Landmark Exhibition harlem is... Theater

This event marks the launch of a citywide year-long, multi-arts focus on Harlem’s historic role in the development of Black Theater and its impact on our national culture.

The evening will include a viewing of the exhibition, a special tribute to Harlem legacy keepers, excerpts from Jamal Joseph’s film, harlem is…Theater, and a dialogue about Harlem’s contemporary theater life featuring

  • Ty Jones, Producing Director, Classical Theater of Harlem
  • Sade Lythcott, CEO, National Black Theater
  • Keith Josef Adkins, Founder/Artistic Director, The New Black Fest
  • Deadria Harrington, Producing Artistic Leader, The Movement Theatre Company
  • Talvin Wilks, playwright, director, dramaturg (moderator)

The harlem is…Theater exhibition celebrates the rich tradition of the theater in Harlem from the founding of the African Grove Theater in 1821 to the present, with stunning portraits, video montages and student reflections.

Exhibition on Display:

  • May 5 – June 30th, 2014
  • Open Hours: Monday- Friday, 9am - 5pm

harlem is… THEATER honors

Faison Firehouse Theatre
George Faison, Co-Founder/Artistic Director
Tad Schnugg, Executive Director
Blackberry Productions
Stephanie Berry, Founder/Co-Artistic Director
John-Martin Green, Co-Artistic Director
Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center
Ray Gaspard, President (former)
The H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players
Gertrude Jeannette, Founder/CEO
New Federal Theatre
National Black Touring Circuit
Woodie King, Jr., Founder/Producing Director
 Harlem Theatre Company
James Pringle, Founder
National Black Theatre Institute of Action Arts
Barbara Ann Teer, Founder/CEO
Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop
Garland Lee Thompson, Sr., Co-Founder/Executive Director
Mama Foundation for the Arts
Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, Co-Writers, Co-Producers, Co-Directors
New Heritage Theatre Group
Voza Rivers, Founding Member/Executive Producer
Jamal Joseph, Executive Artistic Director
Take Wing and Soar Productions
Debra Ann Byrd, Founding/Producing Artistic Director
The Classical Theater of Harlem
Ty Jones, Producing Director

harlem is… THEATER highlights:

African Grove Theatre
WPA Federal Theatre Project Harlem Unit
The Rose McClendon Players
American Negro Theater
New Lafayette Theatre
New Heritage Theatre Group

harlem is… THEATER Collaborators:

Aaron Davis Hall – The City College of New York
Apollo Theater
The Interchurch Center
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
New York Public Library for Performing Arts – Lincoln Center
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

This exhibition is supported, in part, by Con Edison, Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg 1992 Charitable Trust, New York Council for the Humanities, West Harlem Development Corporation of Tides Foundation, and Credit Suisse; and by public funds from National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Council Members Inez E. Dickens and Robert Jackson, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  
Have questions about harlem is...THEATER Exhibit - Special Reception and Dialogue? Contact Community Works NYC and Community Matters NYC in association with the City College of New York

When & Where

Aaron Davis Hall
135th Street and Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Community Works NYC and Community Matters NYC in association with the City College of New York

Community Works NYC is a nonprofit arts and education organization founded in 1990 with the mission to bridge schools and communities, enrich educational curricula, and celebrate neighborhood cultures and histories.

Community Matters NYC (CMNYC) is a network of institutions that celebrate Upper Manhattan’s history, culture and connections to the local and global communities through performing arts events, workshops and multi-faceted public programs and exhibitions for intergenerational audiences.

CMNYC is a program of COMMUNITY WORKS developed in association with New Heritage Theatre Group and in collaboration with six Anchor Institutions and multiple Community Partners in HARLEM, EAST HARLEM AND WASHINGTON HEIGHTS.

Anchor Institutions

  • Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building
  • City College of New York
  • Columbia University School of the Arts
  • Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial Educational Center
  • Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network (SCAN)
  • The Interchurch Center

Community Partners

  • Harlem Arts Alliance
  • Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA)
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce
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