harlem is... THEATER

Celebrates the rich legacy of the Harlem theater movement from the founding of African Grove Theatre in 1821 to the present. It explores the story of early black theaters, including highlighted theaters from the Harlem Renaissance to the theaters of today, and introduces us to some of the current theater legacy-keepers who are preserving and building on this powerful tradition. 

Stunning photographic portraits by renowned documentary photographer Ruth Morgan; archival photographs from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; commentary by contributing writers, and student reflections tell the story of the dynamic impact of theater in Harlem.

 

BLACK THEATERS

 

LEGACY-KEEPERS

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GEORGE FAISON

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GERTRUDE JEANNETTE

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 BARBARA ANN TEER 

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VOZA RIVERS

JAMAL JOSEPH

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STEPHANIE BERRY

 JOHN-MARTIN GREEN

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WOODIE KING, JR.

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GARLAND LEE THOMPSON, SR.

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DEBRA ANN BYRD

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RAY GASPARD

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JAMES PRINGLE

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VY HIGGINSEN

KEN WYDRO

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TY JONES

 
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harlem is... 

a project of Community Works NYC and New Heritage Theatre Group

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