The Black Seed Unveils Generous Grant Program for Black Theatres

 
 
 
The Black Seed is a first-ever national strategic plan to create impact and thrivability for Black theater institutions, unprecedentedly conceptualized and led by the Black theater field. The Black Seed is a force for systemic change in the arts and culture world: a national Think Tank of Black theater institutional leaders; a fund seeded by a collective of funders; National Leadership Circle for major donors to invest in Black theater institutions across the nation; The Black Seed Cohort comprised of national networks and coalitions; and a national marketing campaign to tell the story of Black theater in America.
 
NEW HERITAGE 2021 LOOKING AHEAD
New Heritage Theatre Group is the oldest not for profit black theater in New York, est. 1964 by Roger Furman, renowned actor/director/playwright/designer. We are entering our 56th season of production and rely on the generosity of our funders and friends to bring productions that reflect the stories. the community and times in which we we live.
 
We have been virtually presenting since March 2020 and for 2021 we will continue to do so. If you have enjoyed our productions and our mission please take a moment to share your appreciation and if you can please donate to help us to continue.
 
BELOW ARE A FEW OF THE PRODUCTIONS WE WILL BE BRINGING TO YOU IN 2021 


Becoming Othello

BECOMING OTHELLO
A BLACK GIRLS JOURNEY

Described as a living memoir, BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl’s Journey is a multimedia theatrical production with lyrical language, soulful songs and the music that shaped the life of a resilient little girl growing up in Spanish Harlem.

This choreopoem chronicles the life of classical actress, Debra Ann Byrd.

 

 
TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM

A new musical filled with traditional and original Gospel and Freedom songs, tells the moving and inspiring true story of Lynda Blackmon, the youngest person to walk all the way from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on the Voting Rights March in 1965.

Jailed nine times before her 15th birthday, Lynda and her friends and neighbors fought alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African Americans.

Press

  • VOZA RIVERS/NEW HERITAGE TO PRESENT "IT IS AFRICAN" MUSIC CONCERT

    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.
  • Voza Rivers / New Heritage Theatre Group and Rudi Mbele presents WOZA SOUTH AFRICA
    HARLEM: FEBRUARY 20, 2020 
     
    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

  • THE FANNIE LOU HAMER STORY, The Voice of The Empowered (VOTE)

    THE FANNIE LOU HAMER STORY, The Voice of The Empowered (VOTE) 

    Award- Winning One-Woman Play Announces

    FACEBOOK LIVE and INSTAGRAM PERFORMANCE 

    June 19, 2020 8PM

    New Heritage Theatre Group, Harlems’ own and New York’s oldest black not for profit black theatre, celebrating its 56th anniversary. invites you to the premiere live performance of THE FANNIE LOU HAMER Story, the critically acclaimed, award winning, one-woman play, written by and starring Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye, directed by Byron C. Saunders. The Fannie Lou Hamer Story is the story of Fannie Lou Hamer’s fight for freedom and voting empowerment, the story of one of American History’s most powerful civil rights activists.  

    New Heritage Theatre Group Executive Producer Voza Rivers is pleased to join forces with Healing Through the Sound of Music, a non-profit 501 c-3 theater production company located in Altamonte, Fl. who developed the presentation and has presented it over the last 6 years at over 50 select performing arts venues across the U.S. in support of voting rights.

    The award winning solo performance of the Fannie Lou Hamer story will debut as a live online event in Celebration of Juneteenth, on Facebook Live and Instagram Live on June 19, 2020 at 8pm. from the historic Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford, Florida. home of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, one of the many symbols of social injustice.

    This powerful and uplifting play follows Fannie Lou Hamer’s rise from Jim Crow’s Mississippi all the way to the halls of Congress leading the Voting Rights Movement in 1964 and is very timely today. 

    “The realities of Covid -19 and the on going challenges and continuing struggles for social justice has brought communities together to deal with the a situation that harkens back to and reminds us of the civil rights struggles of the 1960s,” - Voza Rivers, Executive Producer, New Heritage Theatre Group

    “This unprecedented time of our lives brings with it a sense of urgency that we honor all of those on the front lines who have dedicated their lives to preserving our basic rights of freedom, safety, quality and democracy where all people can thrive.” says Djehuty Se Hotep, Producer Healing Through the Sound of Music.

    For more information about The FLHS visit at www.thefannielouhamerstory.com. Also check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For additional information: 

    info@thefannielouhamerstory.com and www.newheritagetheatre.org

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