Welcome to the NYTW Blog—a resource for behind-the-scenes insights on our productions, share-outs from the classroom penned by teaching artists, community partner spotlights, and a peek behind the curtain to see how work gets made at NYTW.
We are still over the moon after the announcement yesterday of Patricia McGregor as the new Artistic Director of New York Theatre Workshop. In her first interview as incoming AD, Patricia sits down with American Theatre to discuss the transition process, her relationship with Jim Nicola, and what she sees as the future of NYTW.
May 26, 2022 by Rob Weinert-Kendt for American Theatre
We are excited to announce that Patricia McGregor will succeed James C. Nicola as Artistic Director, following a yearlong search led by ALJP Consulting and a dedicated search committee of artists, staff and Trustees. McGregor will assume the role beginning this summer. In an effort to give the incoming Artistic Director time and space to curate their first season and immerse themselves in the community, NYTW productions have already been set through Spring 2023. McGregor’s first programmed season will commence in Fall 2023. McGregor joins Jeremy Blocker, who continues in the role of Managing Director.
Somi chats with Lois Reitzes of WABE’s City Lights to discuss her album, Zenzile: The Reimagination Miriam Makeba, how Dreaming Zenzile acts as a companion piece to the album, and the extraordinary and under-recognized life of Miriam Makeba herself.
Nothing brings us more joy than being in the room with artists, especially meeting people for the first time! After many zoom conversations across the country and across continents, it was with such joy that we welcomed Somi Kakoma and the company of Dreaming Zenzile to NYTW for their first rehearsal!
We were thrilled for our beloved Overlord, Kristina Wong, who was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in drama for Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord, which had its world premiere at NYTW in November 2021.
Zenzile Miriam “Mama Africa” Makeba was a gifted, bold, and beautiful singer, songwriter, and truth teller. See touched the spirits of many on an international scale. Her life was a walk in truth through time, space, and music. Take a journey through Makeba’s life with this interactive timeline.
While NYTW added 3 new companies in residence in 2022, we are also excited to continue our relationship with Noor Theatre, which began over ten years ago! Founding Artistic Director Lameece Isaaq, who also wrote the 2012 production of Food & Fadwa at NYTW, talks about what the future looks like for Noor.
Mind the Gap is a free intergenerational theatre program in which elders [ages 60+] and youth [ages 14-19] interview each other and write or devise short plays inspired by their personal stories. Our Education Associate, Psacoya Guinn, sat down for a conversation with a few of the teens in the Spring 2022 cohort: Ayami Takayama, Imogen Russell, Kady Nankivel, and Miranda Henry. They discuss the program, their writing process, and their misconceptions of elders.
April 26, 2022 by Psacoya Guinn, NYTW Education Associate
NYTW is thrilled to have Safe Harbors NYC as a Company-in-Residence after working on various projects, including the Reflections of Native Voices Festival. Founder Murielle Borst-Tarrant talks about the future of Native theater and the mission of Safe Harbors NYC in this latest spotlight.
April 19, 2022 by John Soltes for HOLLYWOOD SOAPBOX
Somi talks about tackling the world of Miriam’s music, collaborating with guests from across the African continent, from Angelique Kidjo to Nduduzo Makhathini, and how her own sense of pan-Africanism continues Miriam’s legacy and message of unity in this new podcast.
April 10, 2022 by Nicky Schrire for The Jazz Session