LPTW to present Oral History Project with publicist Irene Gandy - Interview by Voza Rivers

February 10 @ Bruno Walter Auditorium

THE LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL THEATRE WOMEN TO PRESENT ORAL HISTORY PROJECT WITH IRENE GANDY

INTERVIEWED BY VOZA RIVERS

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10 @ 6PM
BRUNO WALTER AUDITORIUM
NY PUBLIC LIBRARY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
111 Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street


The League of Professional Theatre Women (Shellen Lubin and Catherine Porter, Co-Presidents), an organization which has been championing women in the professional theatre for over three decades, is producing an Oral History Project event with renowned Broadway publicist Irene Gandy on Monday, February 10 beginning at 6pm in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (111 Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street). Admission to the event is FREE and seats are available on a first-come-first-seated basis. Doors will open at 5:30pm.

The Oral History Project is an ongoing program of the League of Professional Theatre Women in partnership with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which chronicles and documents the contributions of significant theatre women in all fields. Founded and produced for 26 years by the late Betty Corwin, the Oral History Project is currently produced for the League by Ludovica Villar-Hauser. For the second installment of the Oral History Project's 2019-2020 season, publicist, producer, and PR maven Irene Gandy will talk about her life and ground breaking career with producer Voza Rivers, Artistic Director of the New Heritage Theatre Group.

The League of Professional Theatre Women's Oral History Project has previously featured interviews with such notables as Billie Allen, Kia Corthron, Tyne Daly, Carmen DeLavallade, Christine Ebersole, Angela Lansbury, Baayork Lee, Laura Linney, Patti LuPone, Frances McDormand, Bebe Neuwirth, Chita Rivera, Daryl Roth, Mercedes Ruehl, Paula Vogel, Lynn Nottage, and many other theatrical legends. Annually, the legacies of three theatre women are preserved through the Oral History Project, in which a theatre woman luminary is interviewed by the interviewer of their choice and they discuss their life and career before a live audience. The tapes are then housed in The New York Public Library's Theatre on Film and Tape Archive.

IRENE GANDY is the only black female member of ATPAM (Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers) on Broadway. Since her career began in 1968, she has worked on over 100 Broadway shows. Ms. Gandy was a Tony-Award winning producer on The Gershwin's' Porgy and Bess on Broadway and was a producer for Lady Day At Emerson Bar and Grill starring Audra MacDonald. She was also co-producer with Voza Rivers of the National tour of the Tony-nominated South-African musical Sarafina!. Gandy's recent productions include The Great Society, starring Brian Cox, American Son starring Kerry Washington, China Doll starring Al Pacino, You Can't Take It With You, starring James Earl Jones, and Sylvia starring Matthew Broderick. In addition to her work in theatre, she was Associate Director of Special Markets for CBS Records, working with such artists as Earth, Wind and Fire, The Jacksons, Patti LaBelle, and many others. Other clients have included Phylicia Rashad and Freddie Jackson. In 2008, she became the first female press agent to be immortalized with a Sardis caricature. She currently works with Jeffrey Richards and Associates.

Voza Rivers is a New York producer, living in Harlem, who has produced some of the most trendsetting works of the 20th century, including works by celebrated South African writer/actor/director Mbongeni Negema: OBIE winner Woza Albert!, TONY nominated Asinamali! and TONY nominated Sarafina! In 1969, Ngema, Hugh Masekela and Rivers were nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Show Album for Sarafina! As an events and special projects producer, Rivers has worked with Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Celia Cruz, Nancy Wilson, Tito Puente, Miriam Makeba, Chaka Kahn and others. Rivers heads Harlem's 55-year-old theatrical institution New Heritage Theatre Group and has been Executive Producer of HARLEM WEEK for over 45 years. He is also Chairman of the Harlem Arts Alliance, an Arts Service Organization.

The League of Professional Theatre Women (a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization) has been championing women and leading the gender parity conversation in the professional theatre for over three decades. Since its founding, the LPTW's membership has grown to 500+ theatre artists and practitioners of all backgrounds, across multiple disciplines, working in the commercial and non-profit sectors. To increase visibility of and opportunities for women in the field, the LPTW spearheads public programming, advocacy initiatives, events, media, and publications that raise awareness of the importance of nurturing women's voices, celebrate industry luminaries, preserve the legacy of historic visionaries, and shine a spotlight on the imperative of striving for gender parity and fostering a diversity of expression, both in the theatre world and the world at large. To find out more about how you can support its endeavors, please visit www.theatrewomen.org.

This program is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Oral History Project also enjoys continue support from the Edith Meiser Foundation.

Press

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    PRESS RELEASE: February 17, 2020

    Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group and Williams Institutional CME Church presents "IT IS AFRICAN"
    Featuring the music of the AfroHORN Band & International
    Oyu Oro Afro- Cuban Dance Company 

     


    HARLEM: FEBRUARY 17, 2020
     
    Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group and Williams Institutional CME Church will present IT IS AFRICAN, a spiritual afternoon of African music and dance, on Sunday March 8, 2020 at 5pm. This special Harlem premiere performance features Francisco Mora-Catlett and his New York-based Afro Horn jazz ensemble, and a dance performance by the extraordinary Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance company, co-founded by Mora-Catlett's wife, Cuban dancer, international Afro-Cuban folk-lore performer, choreographer, teacher and dance ethnologist from Santiago de Cuba Danys "LaMora" Perez.
  • AWARD WINNING HARLEM-BASED CLASSICAL ACTRESS DEBRA ANN BYRD RETURNS TO PHOENIX WITH A NEW ONE-WOMAN SHOW

    (February 2020 – Harlem, New YorkClassical actress and producer Debra Ann Byrd undertook a remarkable journey to take on the role of Shakespeare’s noble general Othello — which she recently performed for Southwest Shakespeare Company at Taliesin West, winning her the 2019 Broadway World Arizona Lead Actress Award.  This past fall the actress recorded her experiences on becoming ‘The Moor of Venice’ as writer-in-residence at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in the UK, where she first performed her new solo show. 

    Now Southwest Shakespeare Company in partnership with Phoenix Art Museum are working together to celebrate Black History Month and Women’s History Month in Phoenix featuring visiting artist Debra Ann Byrd, as she performs her one-woman show BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl’s Journey for a limited run at the Phoenix Art Museum, February 22 – March 29, 2020.

  • Voza Rivers / New Heritage Theatre Group and Rudi Mbele presents WOZA SOUTH AFRICA
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    MOTHERLAND Messengers will make their Harlem debut as part of their 2020USA tour on Friday, March 6,at 7 PM at the historic Williams CME Church. Motherland Messengers are an ensemble of South African Gospel recording artists and musicians. Collectively they have wom numerous individul awards and have performed all over the world. This talented group of singers and musicians celebrates the power of spiritual music in their native languages and English and various musical genres including South African traditional gospel, Acapella, American Gospel and R&B. The producers are inviting all New Yorkers to come out and experience this complimentary performance and  these talented artists..
  • harlem is . . . HEALING

    PRESS RELEASE

    Celebrating Heroes of the Pandemic And the Spirit of Community 

    In response to coronavirus, Community Works in association with New Heritage Theatre Group has launched a digital celebration called Harlem is . . .  HEALING: Celebrating Heroes of the Pandemic in the spirit of its 20-year effort to spotlight local heroes, famous or not, who make a difference.  The disease has prompted Harlem’s activist people and institutions from every field to stand up to help keep our community healthy.

    Over the next few weeks, we will be publicly thanking several who act for many in showing us how to heal. The tributes have started appearing as posts on Facebook, Instagram, Constant Contact and other social media. 

    These include the First Graduates of the CUNY Medical School, immediately thrown into the fray, artist Andrea Arroyo, whose work celebrates a community response to disease, JJ Johnson, a chef who has helped serve emergency workers, Dr. Calvin Sun, an emergency room physician,  the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s outreach to those at home, restaurateur Melba Wilson for her citywide efforts on behalf of restaurant owners to keep serving, the nimbleness of Dr. Steven Corwin, CEO and President of NY Presbyterian Hospital, and the community commitment of the Rev. Al Sharpton.

    These stories and those that follow will become part of exhibitions known collectively as Harlem is . . . Music, Theater, Dance and Community first on a website under construction and later at Harlem Hospital where Community Works is developing its Harlem is. . . installations at Malcolm X Boulevard at 136th Street.  Clearly, the hospital display is delayed while the institution deals with the crisis of coronavirus. 

    Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Group are partnering with the hospital to present a free, permanent physical exhibit in the famed Mural Pavilion and on the hospital’s second floor with more than 100 multimedia exhibits drawing from portraits, photographs, films, and archives from previous installations around Harlem and the city over many years. The partners also have commissioned an interactive mural by noted artist Paul Deo which will be displayed on the website as well as outside the Mural Pavilion, home to WPA-era murals that were the first to depict people of color in professional roles, and a 30-foot timeline reflecting a century of Harlem cultural history.

    Through all of these exhibits, Community Works has maintained a common mission to use the arts, performance and workshops to unite communities across differences and to share the legacy of local heroes in the blossoming of a unique neighborhood we see in Harlem.

    For information, please email Barbara Horowitz, Founder and President, Community Works at bh@communityworksnyc.org or call 917-757-2242.

    A SPECIAL PROJECT OF COMMUNITY WORKS' HISTORIC "HARLEM IS ..." SERIES


    First Graduates of the CUNY Medical School

    Dr Calvin Sun       
    Dr. Calvin Sun
        


    Melba Wilson


    Dr. Steven Corwin

    Rev. Sharpton 
    Rev. Al Sharpton

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