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Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and JMG Live, this multi-media show captures the sights and sounds of Harlem when legendary artists such as Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes and Billie Holiday made Harlem the cultural center of the country. Hosted by Michael Mwenso, Harlem 100 presents the most exciting Harlem musicians and dancers in a modern variety show, and pays homage to the presentations made famous in the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club and other celebrated venues of the Harlem Renaissance.
Atomu is an immersive digital dance piece based on an ancient Kikuyu myth which I am co-creating and co-directing with my best friend Yetunde Dada. This Virtual Reality passion project, which has been in development since 2016 has been incubated at La Nurserie in Paris, The National Theater in London, Sundance New Frontier Lab in Utah, and POV Spark in New York. Atomu will soon see its 2nd prototype produced in November 2019. Click on the image to learn more about our producers ATLASV, the leaders in VR and immersive content.
by Lynn Nottage directed by Shariffa Ali
Intimate Apparel is a captivating play about a black woman (ESTHER, played by Chamari White-Mink ‘20) who works as a skilled seamstress, sewing intimate apparel for women from all walks of life. With the dream of opening up her own beauty parlor for black women, Esther begins to long for a partner, someone to make her life feel complete. Set at the turn of the 20th century, Intimate Apparel is a heart-wrenching story about desire, touch and what it means to be loved. This thesis production will present selected scenes from Lynn Nottage's masterpiece for a deeper exploration of character and relationship.
BLACK NO MORE (Development Workshop)
I am Associate Directing for Scott Elliott in this charged new musical written by academy Award winner John Ridley with music and lyrics by the Roots. Click on the image to learn more about The New Group. Nothing too public about this show just yet as it’s still in development.
THE COPPER CHILDREN
by Karen Zacarías directed by Shariffa Ali
Based on the history of “orphan trains” that transported immigrant children to homes in the West, this Oregon Shakespeare Festival American Revolutions play explores the events that led to the sensational (and now-forgotten) “Trial of the Century” custody case that stirred the nation into a frenzied debate about children, law, race, class and religion. The Copper Children takes a sharp look at the collision of good intentions and despicable behavior, blending humor, tragedy, joy and unsentimental social commentary.
SCHOOL GIRLS: OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY
by Jocelyn Bioh directed by Shariffa Ali
Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Global Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. This buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.