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We Recommend AFROPUNK The Takeover- Harlem Co-Produced by Harlem Stage February 21- 25, 2017


The Takeover- Harlem

Co-Produced by Harlem Stage

February 21- 25, 2017

Co-Produced by Harlem Stage, The Apollo Theater and a host of legendary Harlem venues, AFROPUNK commemorates Black History Month by celebrating African-American culture and engaging with contemporary thought and issues, in the New York neighborhood that’s been central to the black American experience for well over a century. AFROPUNK The Takeover – Harlem will present a week-long series of events featuring live musical performances, film screenings, comedy shows, jam sessions and frank discussions on identity, art and protest.





7:00PM, FREE (Suggested donation $10)

2031 5th Ave, New York, NY 10035


The kickoff event of  AFROPUNK The Takeover – Harlem confronts this historic political moment with a conversation about the diverse expression and cultural significance of Black Joy!  With stereotypical images and tropes of “Blackness” inundating today’s media, it is imperative to explore the creative resistance, expression and liberation housed in our joy — on our own terms, in our own words. This panel discussion will explore the ways our various institutions and movements continue to tell our stories and introduce counter-narratives that genuinely celebrate who we are as a people. It will shine a light on  the tools that have helped heal, activate and keep the cultural expressions of our communities unapologetic and liberated.

Participating in the panel will be

Zoe Kravitz, actress/musician

Larry Ossei-Mensah, co-founder of ARTNOIR

Sade Lythcott, CEO of National Black Theatre

Matthew Morgan, Founder of AFROPUNK

Moderated by André D. Singleton, Co-Founder of The Very Black Project




7:30PM, $15

150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

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Connecting the dots between modern day rock, gospel, blues and original African rhythms, Tamar-Kali’s Demon Fruit Blues is a multidisciplinary work that explores and deconstructs interrogates gender binaries, patriarchy and womanhood by examining the origins of misogyny. Through the use of music and movement by Ase Dance Theatre CollectiveDemon Fruit Blues interrogates the ‘curse of womanhood’ in Judeo-Christian ideology and how this perception of the female body reverberates in modern day western society, in an effort to heal a culture of “unspoken” influences that psychically severs the ties between history and culture. This work-in-progress showing will be preceded by the screening of a short film and followed by a panel discussion with the Tamar-kaliAdia Whitaker,  Ashley Brockington, Feminista Jones and more.




9pm-12am, FREE

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Ranked as one of New York City’s “Top 5 Jam Sessions,” #TheShed is a bi-weekly gathering that takes place at Gin Fizz Harlem. It is the brainchild of Grammy-nominated producer/engineer, AnuSun, and provides a taste of the New Renaissance happening in Harlem, and a launch-pad for emerging musical talent. Join us for the special AFROPUNK Edition of The Shed, you never know who might come through!




6PM-8:30PM, $7 GA/ $3 Students

144 West 125th Street, New York, New York

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Explore current and historical expressions of dissent in contemporary art at The Window and The Breaking of the Window and Circa 1970, two current exhibitions at The Studio Museum. The evening will begin with a guided walk-through the exhibitions, followed by a public dialogue on bearing witness as an act of protest, and on the actions needed to create the path ahead.

The discussion will be a public dialogue about bearing witness as an act of protest with members of Harlem CopwatchOasa DuVerney (Featured artist in The Window and the Breaking of the Window) and moderated by Chaédria LaBouvier (creator of Basquiat’s Defacement).

AFROPUNK & JILL NEWMAN PRODUCTIONS present A Night Of Comedy Featuring Gina Yashere Doors: 9:00PM; Show: 9:30PM, $20 ADV/$25 DOS GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB at Red Rooster  310 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027 Purchase Tickets Now

AFROPUNK and Jill Newman Productions are collaborating to present – AFROPUNK Comedy featuring Nigerian-UK comic Gina Yashere. Gina Yashere is a stand up Comedian and TV star from the UK that broke onto the American scene in NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She has appeared on Def Comedy Jam. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Nightly Show on Comedy Central and in her 1 hour Stand Up Special on Showtime, Skinny B*tch.  Kevin Avery is a comedian and Emmy award-winning writer. His writing credits include HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, VH1′s Best Week Ever and the critically acclaimed FX original series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, on which he had the distinction of serving as head writer.




6:30PM; $10 Donation


343 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY, 10027

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The Talk – Race in America – a documentary about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. The film profiles, Dr. Christi GriffinSamaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, who was a 12-year-old boy killed by the Cleveland police while playing with a toy gun in a local park;Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and retired New York police officer, Kenya Barris, creator/executive producer of Peabody Award-winning ABC series black-ishNas, musician/activist, John Singleton, director/screenwriter/producer; and Charles Blow, New York Times Op-Ed columnist.

MAD FREE & AFROPUNK present The Hair Tales:  An Appropriation Conversation

Harlem Stage

7:30pm; $15

150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

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Cultural critic and image activist Michaela Angela Davis teams up with Franchesca Ramsey, actress/comedian/provocateur and creator of the YouTube sensation Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls, to engage in a candid and kinky communal conversation about Black Girl hair culture in the age of  #BlackGirlMagic & #BlackLivesMatter. Designed as a Pan-African Parisian Salon, the evening will feature improvisational braiding by Ancestral Strands, exclusive set pieces by Enitan Vintage, cocktails and YOU.




7:30PM, Tickets start at $33.50

253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

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Creative & Musical Direction by Robert Glasper

With Igmar Thomas & The Revive Big Band

Featuring Special Guests

Bilal,  Toshi Reagon, Staceyann Chin, Jill Scott, Tunde Adebimpe (TV ON THE RADIO) and more

AFROPUNK pays homage to black protest music and iconic and contemporary artists who have celebrated the power of being unapologetically black.


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DANCE — TICKETS GOING FAST FOR E-MOVES 17!!! 4/7 – 4/8 *Harlem Stage Saturday 4/9(Sold Out)


As you may already know, Davalois Fearon will be performing & premiering the “Water, Thirst & Storm” sections of Consider Water as part of E-Moves 17 at Harlem Stage. She Co-Headlines the performances with Emmy-winning tap artist Jason Samuels Smith, hip-hop and soul artist Laurie Taylor, and salsa specialist Desiree Godsell.
With One Show Already SOLD OUT, you don’t want to wait-GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!To Purchase Tickets, click on the links below:
Thursday, 4/7
Friday, 4/8    Saturday 4/9(Sold Out)Harlem Stage
150 Convent Ave, New York, NY 1003l
1, B or C train to 135th stEMoves 2016
Support for the creation and development of Water, Thirst & Storm  has been provided through the Harlem Stage Fund for New Work, which has received support from the Jerome Foundation. Water, Thirst & Storm premiered at The Harlem Stage Gatehouse on April 7th, 2016 as part of EMoves 17.
Water, Thirst & Storm is a part of a larger work in progress piece titled Consider Water which received generous support from the Bronx Council on the Arts.

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James Baldwin, This Time! 4/23-27 New York Live Arts *Live Ideas 2014

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Live Ideas: James Baldwin,This Time!
Apr 23 – 27

James Baldwin, one of the most eminent and evocative American essayists, novelists and playwrights of the twentieth century, would have been ninety years old on August 2, 2014. New York Live Arts will observe the occasion by devoting its second Live Ideas to exploring the continuing pertinence of the achievement and the thinking of the prophetic author of seminal works like Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), Giovanni’s Room (1956), and The Fire Next Time (1963).

As with our 2013 survey of The Worlds of Oliver Sacks, this edition of the humanities festival will feature lectures, panels, performances and a full range of artistic responses.


schedule & tickets

Member Ticket Pre-sale starting Jan 27
Tickets go on sale to the general public Feb 3.

The Year Of James Baldwin

A City-Wide Multidisciplinary Celebration of James Baldwin April 2014 – June 2015 A consortium of cultural organizations from throughout New York City is uniting to declare 2014-15 The Year of James Baldwin on what would have been the great American essayist, novelist, playwright, poet, and activist James Baldwin’s 90th year (he was born in Harlem on August 2, 1924). The principal conveners of this multidisciplinary festival will consist of copartners Harlem Stage; New York Live Arts; and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Other participants will include the Vera List Center at the New School, New York University, the Harlem Book Fair, and others to be announced. The Year will launch April 23 to 27 with the second annual installment of New York Live Arts’ Live Ideas festival, this year entitled James Baldwin, This Time! with twenty events spread over five days. It will culminate in the spring of 2015 with major programming at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse. Events throughout the city will celebrate this often overlooked American writer who is arguably the most profound and imperative voice of the twentieth century.


Select events will be live streamed in collaboration with live streaming start up

“Jimmy at High Noon” (A Series of Five Daily Readings)

Apr 23 – 27 at 12pm
Tickets: FREE
Location: New York Live Arts Studios

Presented in partnership with Columbia University School of the Arts, this noon-time series features poets, actors, musicians, essayists, and scholars reading from a range of James Baldwin’s classics, as well as discussing his impact on their lives and thinking. Speakers include poets Nikki Finney and Yusef Komunyakaa; writers Hilton Als and Darryl Pinckney; actors Jesse L. Martin and André Deshields; musicians Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran; and playwrights Suzan-Lori Parks and Marcus Gardley, among others to be announced at a later date. “Jimmy at High Noon” will be overseen by director, Patricia McGregor, with dramaturgy by Columbia Faculty and Baldwin scholar, Rich Blint.

Wed, Apr 23 at 2:30pm
Tickets: $15
Location: New York Live Arts StudiosMacArthur Award winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, who studied with Baldwin at Mount Holyoke in the early 80s and considers him a crucial mentor and influence in her own development, discusses her years there with Roberta Uno, Senior Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, who staged a groundbreaking Baldwin production during those same years. Additional participants to be announced.

Nothing Personal

Wed, Apr 23 at 5pm, Thur, Apr 24 at 8pm
Tickets: $40/$15
Location: New York Live Arts Theater

Director Patricia McGregor, working with Colman Domingo (Passing Strange and The Butler), and with the cooperation of the Richard Avedon Foundation, brings the wrenching 1964 Avedon/Baldwin book collaboration to life in a world premiere theatrical production.

Baldwin’s New York

Fri, Apr 25 at 5:30pm
Tickets: $15
Location: New York Live Arts StudiosBaldwin’s niece Aisha Karefa-Smart discusses his New York roots with Patricia Cruz, executive director of Harlem Stage, among others.

Stew On ‘Native Song’

Friday, April 25 at 8pm
Tickets: $35/$15
Location: New York Live Arts Theater

In a dynamic and intimate evening, Tony Award (Passing Strange) and Obie Award winning artist, Stew, will share his creative process and his lifelong journey into the world of Baldwin for his new work Notes of a Native Song, commissioned and produced by Harlem Stage, Notes of a Native Song premieres in June 2015. This insightful evening will engage audiences through fragments of work in progress: songs, poems, sermons and projections, using the work of James Baldwin and the locale of Harlem as filters through which to view the role of black artists in America, as well as springboards from which to leap into future questions of black art. Notes of a Native Song investigates, at times interrogates, the relationship between art and the black community, and asks what exactly a black American artist owes to this notion of community.

Carl Hancock Rux
Stranger On Earth

Saturday, April 26 at 2pm
Tickets: $35/$15
Location: New York Live Arts Theater

A preview of a new work commissioned and produced by Harlem Stage, Stranger on Earth imagines a chance meeting between writer James Baldwin and singer Dinah Washington at a Harlem jazz club in 1963. Drawing from Baldwin’s essays including Notes of a Native Son; Nobody Knows My Name; and The Fire Next Time — combined with Rux’s original dialogue and performed by Rux and Marcelle Davies Lashley — This work in progress showing addresses issues regarding race, identity, music and the future of a world both are struggling to understand.

Jimmy’s Blues:
Discussing the Poetry of James Baldwin

Sat, Apr 26 at 5:30pm
Tickets: $15
Location: New York Live Arts Studios

Curated by Alice Quinn, Poetry Editor at The Dish, this poetry event will feature prominent poets and scholars reading from Jimmy’s Blues.

Charles O. Anderson and Dianne McIntyre
Baldwin Through Dance

Apr 26 at 8pm
Apr 27 at 2pm

Charles O. Anderson and Dianne McIntyre
Baldwin Through Dance

Sat, Apr 26 at 8pm; Sun, Apr 27 at 2pm
Tickets: $40/$15
Location: New York Live Arts Theater

Charles O. Anderson will present the NYC premiere of Restless Natives, immediately following the work’s world premiere as part of the 2014 Fusebox Festival in Austin, TX. Infused with a stunning sound score and original texts by poet Ursula Rucker, this work is inspired by James Baldwin’s seminal work Another Country.

One of the First Ladies of Dance, Dianne McIntyre will present the world premiere of Time is Time, bringing her soulfully embodied presence to the stage alongside live original music and two additional dancers.

Letter From A Region of My Mind Mural

Ongoing throughout the festival

Letter From A Region of My Mind Mural

Ongoing throughout the festival
Tickets: FREE

Over 88 pages from the November 1962 New Yorker magazine where Baldwin’s piece “Letter from a Region of My Mind” (the basis for what was to become his great book The Fire Next Time) first appeared will be reproduced in its entirety and mounted at Live Arts. The text is flanked by advertisements from the era, incongruously depicting luxury goods.

Concluding Conversation: Lebowitz & Tóibín

April 27 at 6pm

Concluding Conversation: Lebowitz & Tóibín

Sunday, April 27 at 6pm
Tickets: $40/$15
Location: New York Live Arts Theater

Writer, sardonic provocateur, and New Jersey émigré Fran Lebowitz (Metropolitan Life, Social Studies, etc.) and award-winning Irish novelist and essayist, Columbia Professor Colm Tóibín (The Master; The Testament of Mary; New Ways to Kill Your Mother, among many others) discuss Baldwin’s legacy and his remarkable and enduring impact on their own lives and vantages.

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Association of Performing Arts Presenters annual conference (APAP|NYC 2014)* 1/10-14/14

January is a special time for performing arts professionals who gather in New York City and for the arts enthusiasts who join in the fun–the Association of Performing Arts Presenters annual conference (APAP|NYC 2014) is January 10-14 with preconference January 9-10. 

APAP has developed over the years to better serve the performing arts community, and communities everywhere.

The world’s largest convening of performing arts professionals brings together 3,500 artists, agents, presenters, producers and others to explore the latest trends in performing arts, to network and to conduct the business of arts presenting. Dance, theater, music and opera are showcased and industry leaders conduct sessions on relevant topics.

APAP 2014 logo photo

Arts Presenters Announces 2014 Award Winners

Philip Glass; Harlem Stage, Patricia Cruz and Brad Learmonth; and Robert L. Lynch will be honored as leaders in the performing arts field

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters announces the 2014 Annual APAP Awards recipients, whose service to the performing arts has had a significant impact on the industry and on communities worldwide. The winners will be honored at a luncheon, noon, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.

“The Annual Arts Presenters Awards celebrate the extraordinary talents and contributions distinguished colleagues and organizations have made to our field, and to communities across America and around the world,” says Mario Garcia Durham, APAP President and CEO. “We honor their creativity, passion for and commitment to the performing arts on behalf of the greater good”

Each year, a panel of national arts leaders decides on the winners and APAP bestows four awards based on nominations from the field. This year’s awardees are:

• The Award of Merit for Achievement in Performing Arts: Philip Glass

• The William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming: Harlem Stage, under the leadership of Patricia Cruz, Executive Director and Brad Learmonth, director of programming

• The Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts: Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts

• The Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award for Exemplary Service to the Field of Professional Presenting recipient is announced at the luncheon each year.


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Philip Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. In the early 1960s, Glass spent two years of intensive study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and while there, earned money by transcribing Ravi Shankar’s Indian music into Western notation. By 1974, Glass had a number of innovative projects, creating a large collection of new music for The Philip Glass Ensemble, and for the Mabou Mines Theater Company. This period culminated in Music in Twelve Parts, and the landmark opera, Einstein on the Beach for which he collaborated with Robert Wilson. Since Einstein, Glass has expanded his repertoire to include music for opera, dance, theater, chamber ensemble, orchestra and film. His scores have received Academy Award nominations (Kundun, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal) and a Golden Globe (The Truman Show). Symphony No. 7 and Symphony No. 8—Glass’ latest symphonies—along with Waiting for the Barbarians, an opera based on the book by J.M. Coetzee, premiered in 2005.

In the past few years several new works were unveiled, including Book of Longing (Luminato Festival) and an opera about the end of the Civil War entitled Appomattox (San Francisco Opera). Glass’ opera Kepler premiered with the Landestheater Linz, Austria in September 2009 and his latest opera, The Perfect American about the death of Walt Disney premiered at the Teatro Real on January 22nd, Madrid in 2013 and will be performed by the English National Opera in June 2013. His Symphony #9 was completed in 2011 and was premiered by the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz, Austria on January 1, 2012 and his Symphony #10 received its European premiere in France in August. Glass’ most recent opera Spuren de Verirrten, ‘The Lost’, premiered at the Landestheater Linz, Austria on April 13th, 2013.


For 30 years, Harlem Stage’s unique focus has been to identify visionary artists of color and support them by commissioning, presenting—and increasingly in recent years—producing their vital work that responds to the social and political conditions that shape our lives. Harlem Stage has a long-standing tradition of supporting such artists—around the corner and across the globe—including legends such as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Sekou Sundiata, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente, as well as contemporary artists like Bill T. Jones, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Tania León, Carl Hancock Rux, Nora Chipaumire and Jason Moran.

The New York Times has saluted Harlem Stage as “an invaluable incubator of talent” and the organization as been hailed as one still unafraid to take risks. Harlem Stages’s investment in this visionary talent is often awarded in the early stages of many artists’ careers and the organization proudly celebrates their increasing success, most recently illustrated by members of their artist family joining the ranks as MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship awardees: Kyle Abraham (2013), Vijay Iyer (2013) and Jason Moran (2010). In 2012 Harlem Stage commissioned and presented one of the first MacArthur awardees, Cecil Taylor, in a two-night celebration of his genius. Harlem Stage is particularly proud to have commissioned and premiered new works by these bold visionaries.

In 2006, Harlem Stage opened The Gatehouse, completing a $26 million campaign anchored by the restoration of the historic West 135th Street Gatehouse into a state-of-the-art, flexible performance, rehearsal and support space. The architecture and design renovation of the Gatehouse has been recognized with The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s highest honor for outstanding preservation, the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, and the New York State American Institute of Architects Design Citation for adaptive reuse.

The Gatehouse is a New York City landmark built in 1890 as the pivotal facility within the Croton Aqueduct system for the distribution of clean water to New York City. Harlem Stage has restored the significance of this structure by creating a space where ideas and culture will now flow from Harlem to the entire city. This event marked the beginning of a new era in the history of the institution. The architecture and design renovation of the Gatehouse has been recognized with The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s

The facility has become an asset for the Harlem community and our school children. It is a home, a safe place, for artists of color to experiment, take risks and create transformative new works that challenge us as individuals and collectively to think critically and act responsibly toward the development of a just world.


Patricia Cruz has served as the Executive Director of Harlem Stage since 1998. A highlight of her tenure has been in guiding the team of Board and staff in the restoration and adaptive reuse of the century old, historically landmarked Gatehouse into a state of the arts theatre in Harlem.  It has become an asset for the Harlem community and our school children. It is a home, a safe place, for artists of color to experiment, take risks and create transformative new works that challenge us as individuals and collectively to think critically and act responsibly toward the development of a just world. Cruz says, “In order to advance our work and the artists we support, we need to do more – not just in the Harlem community or New York but across the globe. And, that’s where we are setting our sights as move into the next 30 years.”


Brad Learmonth has 25 years of experience at Harlem Stage in creating and developing programming that serves the mission of the organization and nurtures and advances artists in the field. After a decade of managing and growing the arts education programs at Harlem Stage, he became director of all programming in 1998.  In that capacity he has been responsible for the overall programmatic creation and implementation for the institution, including such programs as WaterWorks commissioning program, Harlem Stride jazz programming, E-Moves dance showcase, Harlem Stage on Screen and Uptown Nights, to name a few.


Robert L. Lynch is president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. With more than 38 years of experience in the arts industry, he is motivated by his personal mission to empower communities and leaders to advance the arts in society, and in the lives of citizens.

In 1996, Lynch managed the successful merger of the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, where he had spent 12 years as executive director, with the American Council for the Arts to form Americans for the Arts.  Under his 28 years of leadership, the services and membership of Americans for the Arts have grown to more than 50 times their original size. He has personally reached audiences in over 2,000 locations spanning 49 states and more than a dozen nations, with diverse constituencies ranging from Native American tribal gatherings to the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe to the President of the United States.

During his tenure at Americans for the Arts, Lynch has overseen the mergers of the Arts and Business Council, Inc. and the Business Committee for the Arts into Americans for the Arts. He has also created the Americans for the Arts Action Fund and its connected political action committee to establish arts-friendly public policy through engaging citizens to advocate for the arts and arts education.

Under his direction, Americans for the Arts has become a leader in documenting and articulating the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry, and their audiences, in strengthening our nation’s economy. This has been done through its signature study of the economic impact of the nonprofit arts community, Arts and Economic Prosperity IV, and the latest study measuring the arts in communities, The National Arts Index. He has also been instrumental in creating a strong portfolio of projects and information about the transformative value of the arts in non-arts areas such as civic dialogue, social problem solving and work with the Pentagon, West Point, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the arts and military.

Mr. Lynch currently serves on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, a position appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, as well as on the Boards of the Independent Sector, the Arts Extension Institute, Independent Sector, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts Dean’s Council. In August 2012 and 2013, he was selected as one of the most influential executives in the nonprofit sector for the NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50.

Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and plays the piano, mandolin, and guitar. He lives in Washington, D.C.


Lineup Announced for World’s Largest Performing Arts Presenters Conference

APAP|NYC 2014 scheduled January 10-14 in New York City

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) also  announced its lineup of keynote speakers and sessions for the APAP|NYC 2014 conference to be held January 10-14 in New York City. The world’s premier gathering of more than 3500 performing arts professionals, and APAP’s 57th annual member conference, features more than 1000 world-class artist showcases held around the city, an EXPO Hall boasting nearly 400 booths, more than 80 professional development sessions, A-list keynote speakers, and preconference forums, many of which are open to the public and free.

Keynote speakers, each of whom are pace-setters in the worlds of music, dance, or theater, include Diane Paulus, Stephen Schwartz, Fiona Shaw, Kyle Abraham, Wendy Whelan, Taylor Mac, Abigail Washburn and more. Participants will also hear from individuals who catalyze thinking and discussion that bridges the arts and culture, such as comedian Baratunde Thurston, journalist Farai Chideya, Culturbot founder Andy Horwitz, and producer Anne Hamburger.

“If you represent a viable performing arts organization in your community, you must come to the APAP conference. In a digital age, it is where the business of connecting artists and audiences happens face-to-face.” says Mario Garcia Durham, President and CEO of APAP.

Some APAP members have attended the conference for more than 30 years.

“For first time attendees, the conference experience is like your first day at a university—classes, thousands of attendees, organized chaos,” said Durham. “By arriving with a game plan you’ll make the most of a week filled with opportunity.”

Themes and professional development tracks

The theme of this year’s conference is “SHINE.”

Performing arts professionals attending are challenged to rise up and direct their creative energy to make a difference in the communities they serve, across America and across the world.

Sessions are built around three subthemes:  catalyzing communities, transitioning to new models for connecting to audiences, and making the case for the arts in an ever-shifting landscape.

“This year’s conference subthemes illuminate what APAP members do best in the presenting field,” said Scott Stoner, APAP director of programs and resources.

Sessions are organized around eight professional development tracks:

1.     The business of presenting

2.     Community cultural development

3.     Connecting to audiences

4.     Presenting international artists

5.     Arts and issues

6.     Performing arts programming

7.     Arts, education and interdisciplinary

8.     Special track for APAP member organizations’ board members


APAP|NYC session topic highlights

This year, sessions address current trends and issues in the performing arts, which, not surprisingly, reflect cultural trends across America and internationally:


diversity and equity;

arts and sustainability (global change, climate change);

the care and nurturing of emerging performing artist;

a Pecha Kucha Plenary where rapid fire images ignite interactive discussion that follow;

integration of the arts in higher education and related research;

presenting performances and events in non-traditional venues;

risk, experimentation, failure and growth in today’s arts milieu;

timely issues around presenting international artists (China, Norway and Mexico are among countries presenting this year);


catalyzing communities sessions including

examples of how artists and presenters are reaching out to non-traditional audiences to enrich the lives of those with disabilities such as

returning war veterans,

our expanding aging population,

people in correctional facilities,

homeless populations and others.

For more on sessions, see Professional Development Programs at a Glance at and the Advance Program.

Preconference forums

Preconference forums will be held all day Jan. 9 and 10. They include

Jazz Connect,

the APAP World Music Preconference

and many other sessions and events.

Jazz Connect, organized by JazzTimes and the Jazz Forward Coalition, brings the jazz community together for workshops, panels, networking and special events that are dedicated to expanding the worldwide audience engagement for jazz.

The World Music Preconference, organized by marketing firm Rock Paper Scissors, is the largest gathering of world music professionals in the U.S. The two-day pre-conference includes lively discussions on the latest issues and concerns in the world music field.

Other APAP|NYC preconference events include

the 2014 Dance Forum: Dancing Our Way Through the Affordable Care Act,

sessions on youth and family programming,

the future of arts participation and engagement,


an artists’ pitch session,

an international member’s welcome and orientation and more.

Most are free. Online registration is encouraged.

The conference will be held at the New York Hilton Midtown, Sheraton New York Times Square and other sites in and around New York City.

APAP|NYC brings together performing arts professionals— artists, agents, presenters, producers and others—to explore the latest trends in performing arts, to network, and to conduct the business of arts presenting. Leaders in the performing arts from across America and around the world preview showcases and decide which to bring back to their communities.

Nine affiliated performing arts forums and festivals collaborating this January

This year, APAP|NYC and coordinators of eight other established annual performing arts forums and festivals held on various days between January 3 and 19 are deliberately collaborating to serve the arts community more effectively. Among them are Under The RadarglobalFESTWinter JazzfestFOCUSPROTOTYPE and COIL. Together they feature 1500 showcases and draw 45,000 people to performing arts conferences and events. Topics presented include trends and issues in presenting world music, jazz, dance, festivals, family programs, new artists and more. Together, the organizers of these events fill more than 5,100 hotel nights in New York City. With those guests, and New Yorkers, come taxi fares, restaurant checks, shopping dollars and, of course, tickets to shows. According to NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism organization, the estimated economic impact of these events in New York is almost $26.9 million.


APAP|NYC conference information

APAP membership information

Twitter @APAP365


Information about other leading performing arts events and festivals in January in New York City

ABOUT APAP:  The champion for the performing arts sector since 1957, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) supports and educates today’s and tomorrow’s performing arts leaders. APAP is dedicated to making the arts vibrant, sustainable, and accessible, and to moving the industry forward.

“We help connect artists to audiences.” – Mario Garcia Durham, President and CEO.

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Robert Glasper performs Tribute to Stevie Wonder with Lalah Hathaway (and ?uestLove on Thurs)

12/13-12/14 Harlem Stage Presents Robert Glasper

Pianist Robert Glasper, whose Grammy-nominated “Black Radio” raised his profile this year and took his cross-pollination experiments to proud new heights, closes Harlem Stage’s Fall Season December 13-14 with “Songs in the Key of Life,” a star-studded tribute to the music of cultural icon Stevie Wonder. It is the third “WaterWorks” commission Harlem Stage is presenting as part of its 30th anniversary celebration.

Glasper – who has accompanied the likes of Maxwell and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and employed many soul and hip-hop stars on his own critically-acclaimed albums and shows – will share the stage with several exemplary musicians & vocalists who traverse the worlds of R&B, soul, hip hop and jazz: The Robert Glasper Experiment, comprised of drummer Mark Colenburg, bassist Derrick Hodge and saxophonist Casey Benjamin (who have backed Grammy winners and high profile artists such as Common, Chrisette Michelle, Q-Tip, Kanye West, Lauryn Hill and Maxwell), drummer Questlove (from the Roots) (Thurs. only); singers Lalah Hathaway (daughter of Donny Hathaway and known as “the first daughter of soul”), Eric Roberson (a multi Grammy-nominated singer in his own right) and Stokley (from Mint Condition- a group hailed as “the greatest R&B band”)

“Songs in the Key of Life” will be “one of the coolest live shows,” says Glasper, whose debut appearance at Harlem Stage in 2010 was as part of a tribute honoring fusion trailblazer Roy Ayers, produced by Revive Music Group. “Stevie is one pop artist every jazz musician has to take seriously. He has a knack for turning complex songs into deceptively simple radio hits but we are going to dig deep into his nearly half-century-wide catalog. We’ll do really dope, amazing songs that folks probably didn’t hear widely, sprinkled with songs everybody knows.”

ticket information :

The world premiere of “Songs in the Key of Life” is Thursday- Friday, December 13-14, 2012. Two sets will begin at 7:30pm and 10pm each night.

Performances are at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue (@ W. 135th St). Presented as part of Uptown Nights. Cabaret seating with food and drink for sale.

Tickets are $45 (Table seating); and $25 (Bench Seating)

On Friday, December 14, a 6:30pm pre-performance discussion with Robert Glasper will be moderated by Andre Torres, Editor-in-Chief of Wax Poetics.

venue information
The Harlem Stage Gatehouse
The Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Ave. at W. 135 St. New York NY, 10031
PH: (212) 281-9240 x19
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