harlem is…THEATER FREE Admission and Tours Available

Updated: Oct 29, 2021

Explore 200 Years of Black Theater!


Join Community Works’ multimedia celebration of nearly 200 years of Black Theater in Harlem and New York as the expanded comprehensive harlem is…THEATER exhibition continues at

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Through memorabilia, photos, film and original artwork, learn about the theaters that bloomed and survived, the people who were driven to keep them vital, and the explosion of Black Theater productions that marked the 1960s and continue to this day.


This newest component looks at the connection between Harlem’s historic New Heritage Theatre and Lincoln Center Theater to bring groundbreaking anti-apartheid productions to the world, including the wildly successful Sarafina!

Visit the Exhibition!

February 4 – May 2, 2014ADMISSION IS FREE DAILY

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

40 Lincoln Center Plaza

New York, NY 10023

Open: Mon & Thurs 12 Noon-8 PM

Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat 12 Noon-6 PM

Closed Sundays


Contact us at performances@communityworksnyc.org or give us a call at (212) 459-1854 to ask about our FREE tours, special public programs, and workshops for community and youth groups!

harlem is…THEATER honors

Faison Firehouse Theatre

George Faison, Co-Founder/Artistic Director

Tad Schnugg, Executive Director

Blackberry Productions

Stephanie Berry, Founder/Co-Artistic Director

John-Martin Green, Co-Artistic Director

Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center

Ray Gaspard, President

The H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players

Gertrude Jeanette, Founder/CEO

New Federal Theatre

National Black Touring Circuit

Woodie King, Jr., Founder/Producing Director

Harlem Theatre Company

James Pringle, Founder

National Black Theatre Institute of Action Arts

Barbara Ann Teer, Founder/CEO

Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop

Garland Lee Thompson, Sr., Co-Founder/Executive Director

Mama Foundation for the Arts

Vy Higgenson and Ken Wydro, Co-Writers, Co-Producers, Co-Directors

New Heritage Theatre Group

Voza Rivers, Founding Member/Executive Producer

Jamal Joseph, Executive Artistic Director

Take Wing and Soar Productions

Debra Ann Byrd, Founding/Producing Artistic Director

The Classical Theatre of Harlem

Ty Jones, Producing Director


 harlem is…THEATER highlights

African Grove Theatre

WPA Federal Theatre Project Harlem Unit

Rose McClendon Players

American Negro Theatre

New Lafayette Theatre

New Heritage Theatre Group

harlem is…THEATER Collaborators 

Aaron Davis Hall- City College Center for the Arts

Apollo Theater

Columbia University School of the Arts

The Interchurch Center

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Community Works NYC

55 West End Avenue

New York, New York 10023

212-459-1854

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