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New York Theatre Workshop We are an Off-Broadway theatre in the East Village made up of a community of artists and audience members who believe in the transformative power of theatre.

New York Theatre Workshop empowers visionary theatre-makers and brings their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops and educational programs. We nurture pioneering new writers alongside powerhouse playwrights, engage inimitable genre-shaping directors, and support emerging artists in the earliest days of their careers. We’ve mounted over 150 productions from artists wh

New York Theatre Workshop empowers visionary theatre-makers and brings their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops and educational programs. We nurture pioneering new writers alongside powerhouse playwrights, engage inimitable genre-shaping directors, and support emerging artists in the earliest days of their careers. We’ve mounted over 150 productions from artists wh

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If you love James C. Nicola as much as we do, then you'll love reading The New York Times' feature on him after his 34 i...
07/14/2022
Bidding Farewell to His Theatrical Flock

If you love James C. Nicola as much as we do, then you'll love reading The New York Times' feature on him after his 34 incredible years shepherding our theatre. 🐑

In a 34-year run at New York Theater Workshop, James C. Nicola held that directors and writers are equal partners — and helped send “Rent” and “Hadestown” to Broadway.

It's nearly impossible to encapsulate Jim's 34 incredible years of service to the theatre community. So, as we close the...
07/01/2022
James C. Nicola's "Prayer of Gratitude" Speech | 2022 NYTW Gala

It's nearly impossible to encapsulate Jim's 34 incredible years of service to the theatre community. So, as we close the curtain on the 2021/22 season, we’ll let Jim tell you about his time at #nytw in his own words. Enjoy the entire 14-minute speech as Jim took the podium one final time at our 2022 Gala in April!

On April 11, 2022, we honored our longtime Artistic Director James C. Nicola and celebrated his 34 years at New York Theatre Workshop. Watch Jim's farewell s...

In April, we gathered as a community to celebrate the incredible James C. Nicola at our 2022 Gala and we were treated to...
07/01/2022
Sondheim's "Finishing the Hat" Performed by Shoshana Bean | 2022 NYTW Gala

In April, we gathered as a community to celebrate the incredible James C. Nicola at our 2022 Gala and we were treated to some incredible musical numbers from productions and artists that he helped bring to the #nytw stage. With the help of ZANNI Productions, it’s our pleasure to bring you all of the performances from that special evening on our YouTube channel right now, like this beautiful rendition of Sondheim’s “Finishing the Hat” performed by Shoshana Bean!

Video by ZANNI Productions

🎉 Today, we are proud to announce the playwrights and directors selected for the 2022/23 Season 2050 ARTISTIC FELLOWSHIP...
06/29/2022
NYTW / Meet the 2022/23 Season 2050 Artistic Fellows

🎉 Today, we are proud to announce the playwrights and directors selected for the 2022/23 Season 2050 ARTISTIC FELLOWSHIP! The 2022/23 Artistic Fellows are Miranda Cornell, Thaddeus McCants, Aileen Wen McGroddy, Attilio Rigotti, Andrew Rodriguez and Minghao Tu. NYTW Usual Suspect and former 2050 Directing Fellow Miranda Haymon will serve as advisor to the 2022/23 Fellows, working directly with each fellow to build their individual fellowship experience as well as with the cohort and NYTW Artistic Staff to create community.

“We are deeply humbled to welcome these six artists as 2050 Artistic Fellows for the 2022/23 season. Miranda, Thaddeus, Aileen, Attilio, Andrew and Minghao were selected from hundreds of applicants for their boundless curiosity and distinctive visions, and we look forward to supporting their growth as artists and building community throughout the year,” says Literary Director & Dramaturg Aaron Malkin and Director of Project Development, Workshops & Residencies Rachel Silverman. “We are equally excited to be welcoming Miranda Haymon, a former 2050 Fellow and Usual Suspect at NYTW, as the 2050 Fellowship Advisor. We’ve long been moved by their artistry and leadership and look forward to continuing to build the year alongside them."

Learn more about our incoming cohort of fellows at https://www.nytw.org/posts/meet-the-2022-23-season-2050-artistic-fellows/

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06/28/2022
DREAMING ZENZILE Final Curtain Call

On Sunday afternoon, DREAMING ZENZILE held its final performance at #nytw in front of a packed house. We send our love and congratulations to Somi, Lileana Blain-Cruz and the entire team on the completion of a very special run. Thank you for pouring so much passion and energy into each performance in celebration of Miriam Makeba. And thank you to our audiences for the generosity and willingness to join us at the theatre night after night in these unusual times! What a wonderful conclusion to our 2021/22 season. 💗

Check out this little video from the final curtain call captured onstage by the show's pianist, Toru Dodo!

Co-produced with National Black Theatre
Choreography: Marjani Forté-Saunders
Music Direction: Hervé Samb
Scenic Design: Riccardo Hernández
Costume Design: Mimi Plange
Lighting Design: Yi Zhao
Sound Design: Justin Ellington
Projection Design: Hannah Wasileski
Associate Director: abigail jean-baptiste
Dramaturgy: Talvin Wilks
NY Casting: Stewart/Whitley
Stage Manager: Egypt Dixon
Assistant Stage Manager: Merrick A.B. Williams
Cast: Somi Kakoma, Aaron Marcellus, Naledi Masilo, Phumzile Sojola, Phindi Wilson, Kim Onah and Darrell Purcell Jr.
Band: Toru Dodo, Pathé Jassi, Hervé Samb, Flavio Silva and Sheldon Thwaites.

Check out some of the fun we had celebrating the life of Miriam Makeba at DREAMING ZENZILE's Opening Night a few weeks a...
06/25/2022

Check out some of the fun we had celebrating the life of Miriam Makeba at DREAMING ZENZILE's Opening Night a few weeks ago with a special community of friends, artists and co-producers. DREAMING ZENZILE was co-produced with National Black Theatre. All photos taken by Marcus Middleton and Sam Mattingly.

06/21/2022
Dreaming Zenzile Trailer

It's the FINAL WEEK to catch #DreamingZenzile at NYTW! Celebrate the legacy of Miriam Makeba one more time with Somi and the rest of this incredibly talented cast + band. 🤍

Now playing only thru Sunday, June 26! Co-produced with The National Black Theatre: Institute for Action Arts. Full details and tix at https://www.nytw.org/show/dreaming-zenzile/

POV at the Tony Awards earlier tonight with NYTW's Managing Director Jeremy Blocker and Artistic Director & 2022 Special...
06/13/2022

POV at the Tony Awards earlier tonight with NYTW's Managing Director Jeremy Blocker and Artistic Director & 2022 Special Tony Award winner(!!) James C. Nicola. ✌️

06/13/2022
James C. Nicola | 2022 Special Tony Acceptance Speech

"Early in my life, the Broadway musical theatre saved me. It gave me hope for a future that I didn't think I had. So, this award gives to me a sense that maybe my time on the planet Earth has not been wasted."

Watch James C. Nicola as he gives his Tony Awards acceptance speech for his 2022 Special Tony Award. We are SO proud of you, Jim. Thank you for all that you’ve done to support the artists, staff and audiences that have walked through the Workshop’s doors for the past 34 years. We are all celebrating you tonight! 🥂

MAMA AFRICA NIGHT.TONIGHT @ 7PM ET.FOR THE CULTURE.In partnership with The National Black Theatre: Institute for Action ...
06/08/2022

MAMA AFRICA NIGHT.
TONIGHT @ 7PM ET.
FOR THE CULTURE.

In partnership with The National Black Theatre: Institute for Action Arts, The Africa Center and Africa Everything, we invite you to uplift the legacy of Miriam “Mama Africa” Makeba with us tonight at NYTW!

We welcome members of African immigrant communities in NYC and beyond to experience DREAMING ZENZILE, the “ELECTRIC & JOYFUL” new musical by Grammy-nominated vocalist and composer Somi, based on the life of Miriam Makeba.

The performance will be followed by a very special post-show talkback in celebration of Makeba and the vibrant impact of African music, culture and heritage. Tonight’s panel will feature Somi Kakoma, Yolanda Sangweni and TeeManay with moderation by National Black Theatre’s Jonathan McCrory.

🎟 Get last-minute tix at https://www.nytw.org/show/dreaming-zenzile/tickets/

What the Constitution Means to Me returns for ONE NIGHT ONLY!After playing a record-setting extended run at NYTW in 2018...
06/05/2022
NYTW / A Benefit Reading of WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME

What the Constitution Means to Me returns for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

After playing a record-setting extended run at NYTW in 2018, Heidi Schreck's Tony-nominated and Pulitzer Prize finalist play is back for a special one-night-only reading on Thurs, June 9 at 8PM ET to benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds. Full details and tickets at https://www.nytw.org/show/constitution-benefit/

Directed by Oliver Butler, the reading will feature the original NYTW cast including Heidi Schreck, Mike Iveson, Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams. This one-night-only event will be hosted just a few blocks from NYTW at the Great Hall at Cooper Union.

A limited number of $40 mobile Lottery tickets are available exclusively on the TodayTix app right now. The Lottery will close at 12pm ET on Tuesday, June 7th so act fast!

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DREAMING ZENZILE is officially open! 🎉Come see the Off-Broadway debut of Grammy-nominated vocalist/composer Somi in her ...
06/02/2022

DREAMING ZENZILE is officially open! 🎉

Come see the Off-Broadway debut of Grammy-nominated vocalist/composer Somi in her “ELECTRIC & JOYFUL” new musical, #DreamingZenzile! Co-produced with The National Black Theatre: Institute for Action Arts, don’t miss your chance to see this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and "IMPOSSIBLE TO RESIST" production based on the life of Miriam Makeba, now playing at #nytw thru June 26!

🎟 Full details & tix at https://www.nytw.org/show/dreaming-zenzile/
📷: T. Charles Erickson

06/01/2022
A MIND THE GAP Message from actor Brady Dalton Richards!

🦉✉️ The Owl Post has arrived! Brady Dalton Richards, NYTW friend and current Scorpius Malfoy 🐍 in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, has a special message to share!

If you or someone you know is between the ages 13-19 and is interested in playwriting this summer, join us for our free intergenerational theatre program, MIND THE GAP! For the first time in 2 years, all sessions are BACK in-person this summer. Applications take ~15 minutes to complete! Full details at https://www.nytw.org/education/mind-the-gap/

Deadline: June 5 at 5PM ET.

⚠️ On June 3rd, join us in our Fourth Street Theatre for TIPI TALES FROM THE STOOP as part of Safe Harbors NYC’s “Reflec...
05/29/2022

⚠️ On June 3rd, join us in our Fourth Street Theatre for TIPI TALES FROM THE STOOP as part of Safe Harbors NYC’s “Reflections of Native Voices” Festival! Created and performed by Murielle Borst-Tarrant, directed by Amber Ball and in partnership with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, learn more at https://www.nytw.org/show/ronv2022/

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MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE:
“New York City has always been a gathering and trading place for many Indigenous peoples. Where Native Nations intersected from all four directions since time immemorial. It was a place to gather and sometimes to seek refuge during times of conflict and struggle. My family first came to New York City in the late 1800’s from Virginia and bought a house in Brooklyn and raised four generations. This story is about my family blood flow that is here on this land of New York City. How we as a family had to keep tradition alive. The survival of genocide, relocation, the boarding school system and the outlaw by the United States Government that we could not practice our cultural traditions. The story is about my family’s triumph of will, dysfunction, historical trauma through laughter. My personal tapestry of stories being brought up in Brooklyn in a Mafia run neighborhood when we were the only Natives on the block. And this is just one Tipi Tale of the city.”

It's Mama Africa's World and we're all just living in it! 🌍Before you see DREAMING ZENZILE on our stage, check out our n...
05/28/2022
Mama Africa's World – A Digital Timeline of Miriam Makeba's Legacy

It's Mama Africa's World and we're all just living in it! 🌍

Before you see DREAMING ZENZILE on our stage, check out our new digital timeline and learn more about the impactful life of South African artist and activist, Zenzile Miriam "Mama Africa" Makeba. Watch here: https://bit.ly/3N1Wj9m

Now playing through June 26, experience Somi's "stirring and altogether outstanding musical" (The Boston Globe) based on the life of Miriam Makeba. For full details and tickets to this co-production with The National Black Theatre: Institute for Action Arts, please visit https://www.nytw.org/show/dreaming-zenzile/

05/27/2022
MIND THE GAP on the Today Show!

☀️ If you or someone you know is between the ages 14-19 and is interested in playwriting this summer, join us for our free intergenerational theatre program, MIND THE GAP! There's only 10 DAYS left to apply!

If you’re curious to know more about the program, check out this feature from the Today Show filmed back in 2020. For the first time in 2 years, all sessions are BACK in-person this summer. Applications take ~15 minutes to complete and can be found at https://www.nytw.org/education/mind-the-gap/

Deadline: June 5 at 5PM ET

🎉 It’s official! Patricia McGregor will succeed James C. Nicola as our next Artistic Director, following a yearlong sear...
05/25/2022
NYTW / Meet Our Next Artistic Director

🎉 It’s official! Patricia McGregor will succeed James C. Nicola as our next Artistic Director, following a yearlong search led by ALJP Consulting and a dedicated search committee of artists, staff and Trustees.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be named the new Artistic Director of New York Theatre Workshop. The extraordinary staff, artists and audiences of the Workshop have long inspired me. The need for the arts to combat social isolation, and revive the body politic towards a more just world is acute. NYTW’s dedication to dynamic work that deepens empathy and sparks wonder is vital. I look forward to centering accessibility, visibility and innovation so that more people are welcomed into this transformative community. From the hands of my magnificent friend Jim Nicola, a mighty baton has been passed. I take this task seriously and with great joy in my heart. I am ready to run my leg of the race.” – Patricia McGregor, Incoming NYTW Artistic Director

Born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Patricia McGregor is a director and writer working in theatre, film, dance and music. She was the inaugural Artist in Residence for Adam Driver's Arts in the Armed Forces and is an Old Globe Resident Artist and NYTW Usual Suspect. Her productions include work at the Geffen Playhouse, People’s Light, The Old Globe, Center Theatre Group, The Public, BAM, The Guthrie, Roundabout, Lincoln Center, Apollo, Metropolitan Museum of Art, California Shakespeare Theater, INTAR, Harlem Stage, The Kitchen and Signature Theatre Company. McGregor served as director for HBO’s emerging writer’s showcase, and as tour consultant to Raphael Saadiq and J. Cole. She was Associate Director of “Fela!” on Broadway and for many years she has directed “The 24 Hour Plays” on Broadway. She co-founded Angela’s Pulse with her sister, choreographer, and organizer Paloma McGregor. McGregor attended SMU where she was a Presidential Scholar and the Yale School of Drama, where she was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret.

READ THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT HERE:
https://www.nytw.org/posts/meet-our-next-artistic-director/

(Photo of Patricia McGregor by Rich Soublet.)

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“[Somi’s] voice is so incredible, but the urgency of not only the story, but how it was manifesting through her instrume...
05/23/2022
Somi pays tribute to Miriam Makeba, on album and on stage

“[Somi’s] voice is so incredible, but the urgency of not only the story, but how it was manifesting through her instrument and herself as an artist was so profound.”

Check out the new Washington Post feature on Somi and her latest artistic works celebrating the incredible life of South African artist & activist Miriam Makeba, including the NY premiere of DREAMING ZENZILE. Read the full article: https://wapo.st/39Mqsee

The new musical, DREAMING ZENZILE, is now playing at #NYTW through June 26, co-produced with The National Black Theatre: Institute for Action Arts! Tickets at NYTW.org.

The vocalist and songwriter has two new projects that shine a light on the career of one of Africa's first major music stars.

🕒 Only 24 hours left to apply for the Dominican Artists Collective’s new action-oriented masterclass series curated spec...
05/19/2022

🕒 Only 24 hours left to apply for the Dominican Artists Collective’s new action-oriented masterclass series curated specifically for artists who are interested in the process of telling their own cultural story. Artists who are interested in creating their own work, not for capitalist consumption, but because their being, their spirit and their ancestors are calling on them to do so.

The masterclass series is FREE and taught by prominent Dominican artists who are working in today’s industry in order to exalt their own cultural stories. Classes will take place over three Sundays between June 5–26. Produced in partnership with Oye Group NYC and #NYTW. For full details and application, please visit https://www.nytw.org/education/master-classes/

Congratulations to the cast, creatives, band, crew and co-producers of DREAMING ZENZILE on a beautiful First Preview las...
05/18/2022

Congratulations to the cast, creatives, band, crew and co-producers of DREAMING ZENZILE on a beautiful First Preview last night! What an honor it was to witness the arrival of Miriam Makeba's music to the NYC stage! Mama Africa would be so proud. 🎉💗

DREAMING ZENZILE is now playing thru June 26, co-produced with The National Black Theatre: Institute for Action Arts! Details and tickets at https://www.nytw.org/show/dreaming-zenzile/

⚠️ NYTW Company-in-Residence Safe Harbors NYC, in partnership with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club Indigenous Initiati...
05/16/2022

⚠️ NYTW Company-in-Residence Safe Harbors NYC, in partnership with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club Indigenous Initiative and #NYTW, is proud to present the third annual Reflections of Native Voices Festival, a week-long festival featuring new pieces "under construction" with a core ensemble of Native artists from across the country.

The festival will take place June 1-5 at La MaMa, NYTW and online. For tickets and full details, including the festival schedule and artist lineup, please visit https://www.nytw.org/show/ronv2022/

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2020/21 Season Announcements

We’re pleased to share our artistic and operational plans for the coming year, which have been developed in accordance with our Core Values. In our ongoing commitment to becoming a fully anti-racist organization, we’re publishing those Core Values alongside action steps to interrogate our practices, disrupt patterns that reinforce institutionalized oppressions and inequities, acknowledge our missteps, and hold our organization to a standard that does not accept that this work is ever done. We stand in solidarity with the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members of our community, and we recognize that have not always lived up to these values and must contend with the harm that those shortcomings have caused.

NYTW ARTISTIC UPDATE:

While the timeline for resuming in-person performances in New York City remains uncertain, we believe great work is still possible!

We’re committing resources to support a group of extraordinary Artistic Instigators to create and develop new work and to share that work with audiences in both existing formats and in ways yet to be imagined.

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“My gratitude to the theater was giving me a sense that the world was bigger — that there were many other possibilities,” he said. “To that 12- or 13-year-old boy, this is everything he aspired to. It happened.”--James Nicola New York Theatre Workshop The New York Times
“It’s really good to think about the risks and possible outcomes, but also not be intimidated by not being able to predict. To not retreat, not get cautious or conservative.” - Jim Nicola, outgoing artistic director of New York Theatre Workshop
Yesterday was the closing performance of #DreamingZenzile at New York Theatre Workshop and I am still processing what WE have accomplished to date. THANK YOU to everyone who has journeyed with me in small and large ways in the making of this work. My heart is full. ✨ Thank you, Toru Dodo, for capturing the energy of the room in our final curtain call. (See video below) 🖤 “New York City! Dreams are made here.” - Sangoma Chorus to Zenzi 🙏🏿🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤
T H E • U B W • W A Y: Huge shoutout and congratulations to UBW Family members Marjani Forté-Saunders "Dreaming Zenzile" Choreographer, and Talvin Wilks, "Dreaming Zenzile" Dramaturg! DON'T MISS THIS! Tickets are still available to witness this incredible production THIS Saturday, June 25th shows at 2 PM and 5 PM: bit.ly/NYTWdz At her final concert, South African musical legend and activist Miriam Makeba delivers the performance of her life, raising the conscience and the consciousness of a people. But the ancestors are calling—transporting her through the music and fractured memories of her past on a spiritual journey of reconciliation. The National Black Theatre: Institute for Action Arts New York Theatre Workshop #DreamingZenzile #NationalBlackTheatre #NewYorkTheatreWorkshop
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IF YOU ARE A POET & WANT TO PERFORM COME OUT, I will be on keys 4 this outside of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club presented by New York Theatre Workshop Poetic Theater Productions & FABnyc Fourth Arts Block THIS THURSDAY 6/23/22 FREE AT 5:30PM! —— Instagram.com/SocialDistanceMusical ——
Last night I dreamt of Mama Miriam Makeba. She didn’t say a word. But her presence was steady and her eyes were watchful of all the things that have been swirling around this production and in my heart. The journey has not been easy but neither was hers. So, each night, I try to lean in and pray and surrender and rest in gratitude for the gift of her story, her life, her VOICE. It lives. 🖤🙏🏿 Today we head into our final week of Off-Broadway performances of #DreamingZenzile at New York Theatre Workshop. I hope to see you. 👉🏿 https://www.nytw.org/show/dreaming-zenzile/ 🖤
DREAMING ZENZILE - the exciting musical based on the remarkable life of Miriam "MAMA AFRICA" Makeba, written and performed by Somi, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz and co-produced by The National Black Theatre: Institute for Action Arts is in its FINAL WEEK New York Theatre Workshop. See this show before it ends Jun 26! Visit nytw.org/show/dreaming-zenzile/tickets/ for ticket info. #MiriamMakeba #Zenzile #blacktheatre #Somi #MamaAfrica #worldmusic #blackmusicmonth #africanmusic
Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees of the 75th Annual #Tony Awards that took place last night at Radio City Musical Hall. An extra special congratulations to our friend and client partner James Nicola who begins a new chapter at the end of this month after nearly 35 years as Artistic Director New York Theatre Workshop and received a Special Tony Award honoring his outstanding body of work. Congrats, Jim on all of your success and this well deserved recognition by the Tony Awards! ❤️
We are back TONIGHT thru JUNE 26!!! ❤️🙏🏿❤️ Do you have your tix yet? Come celebrate Miriam Makeba with us at New York Theatre Workshop. 👉🏿 https://www.nytw.org/show/dreaming-zenzile ❤️ #DreamingZenzile
Gratitude only. 🙏🏿 #DreamingZenzile is running now through June 26 at New York Theatre Workshop 💞 I hope to see you there! 👉🏿 https://www.nytw.org/show/dreaming-zenzile/
Opening night (Wednesday) was a dream. 💞 #DreamingZenzile is officially open through June 26 at New York Theatre Workshop. More pics soon, but for now I just want to say 🗣 New York, I love you! 💞 Get your tix here: https://www.nytw.org/show/dreaming-zenzile
🌕 Red Moon Blues 🌕 Sunday, June 5 at 4PM Get tickets: https://ci.ovationtix.com/42/production/1124696?performanceId=11082650 Created and Performed by Henu Josephine Tarrant Directed by Sir Curtis Kirby III “Red Moon Blues” is a cabaret-inspired survival story about the Indian boarding school system and historical trauma that Indigenous Women have the burden to carry. It is loosely based on the first Native American Movie Star of the silent film era Actress & Performer Lillian St. Cyr aka Red Wing (Winnebago/Ho-chunk) and Henu Josephine Tarrant’s parallel career & grief as Lillian’s descendant. It highlights Lillian’s survival of the Indian boarding school system, removal from her traditional homelands and her career that lead her to New York City. Parallel stands Henu’s survival of Covid-19, grief, and the industry whose perception of Native Art has not changed as much as necessary since Lillian’s lifetime. Lillian’s life is the family Urban legend that exists in all families that have family secrets. “Red Moon Blues” is the undoing of Indigenous family secrets held universally. This piece weaves stories and poetry through time periods in flashbacks ignited by music (SERPENT written by Henu). Created as a reminder that we are only as sick as our secrets & the grief we are too comfortable to heal from. Henu Josephine Tarrant (Rappahannock/Ho-Chunk/Kuna) is a lifetime Native NYC community member and a resident artist at La MaMa. A third generation New Yorker and second generation Jerseyite. All of which has had a huge influence on her very urban experience as a Native woman in the performing arts. She is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy’s prestigious Musical Theater Program. She has attended the National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation, and the LABrynth Theater Intensive Ensemble. “Red Moon Blues” is part of Reflections of Native Voices Festival 2022, curated by Safe Harbors NYC and in partnership with New York Theatre Workshop and La MaMa.
NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ALERT! Welcome Patricia McGregor! Excited to see what New York Theatre Workshop gets up to in the coming months!