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Lia Chang Photos: Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Micki Grant, Woodie King Jr., Voza Rivers, Talvin Wilks, Garland Thompson Jr., Charles Turner, Jamal Joseph, Debra Ann Byrd and More at harlem is…Theater

At the harlem is ...Theater exhibit, honorees Voza Rivers, Executive Producer of New Heritage Theatre Group, and Woodie King Jr., founder and Producing Director of the New Federal Theatre and the National Black Touring Circuit, talk about Black Theater Past, Present and Future, on December 17, 2014 with Talvin Wilks at The Interchurch Center in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

At the harlem is …Theater exhibit, honorees Voza Rivers, Executive Producer of New Heritage Theatre Group, and Woodie King Jr., founder and Producing Director of the New Federal Theatre and the National Black Touring Circuit, talk about Black Theater Past, Present and Future, on December 17, 2014 with Talvin Wilks at The Interchurch Center in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Micki Grant. Photo by Lia Chang

Micki Grant. Photo by Lia Chang

Community Works NYC, New Heritage Theatre Group, The Interchurch Center and partners presented The Legacy Now – Reflections on a Life in The Theater featuring harlem is …Theater honorees Voza Rivers, Executive Producer of New Heritage Theatre Group, and Woodie King Jr., founder and Producing Director of the New Federal Theatre and the National Black Touring Circuit, who talked about Black Theater Past, Present and Future, at The Interchurch Center in New York to a packed house on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

This dialogue was part of Conversations on Black Theater and was curated and moderated by noted playwright, director and dramaturg Talvin Wilks.

At the harlem is ...Theater exhibit, honorees Voza Rivers, Executive Producer of New Heritage Theatre Group, and Woodie King Jr., founder and Producing Director of the New Federal Theatre and the National Black Touring Circuit, talk about Black Theater Past, Present and Future, on December 17, 2014 with Talvin Wilks at The Interchurch Center in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

At the harlem is …Theater exhibit, honorees Voza Rivers, Executive Producer of New Heritage Theatre Group, and Woodie King Jr., founder and Producing Director of the New Federal Theatre and the National Black Touring Circuit, talk about Black Theater Past, Present and Future, on December 17, 2014 with Talvin Wilks at The Interchurch Center in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

The harlem is…THEATER exhibition was developed with youth and Harlem community members. The event is part of a year‐long citywide focus on the development of Black Theater and its impact.

Jamal Joseph, Joyce Walker Joseph, Guest, Voza Rivers, Chuck Jackson, Woodie King Jr., Phyllis Yvonne Stickney and guest. Photo by Lia Chang

Jamal Joseph, Joyce Walker Joseph, guest, Voza Rivers, Chuck Jackson, Woodie King Jr., Phyllis Yvonne Stickney and guest. Photo by Lia Chang

The Interchurch Center is located at 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115. The exhibition is open to the public through January 6, 2015 ‐ M‐F 9am‐5pm at The Interchurch Center Galleries.

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harlem is…Theater honors:

Exhibit featuring “harlem is ...Theater” honorees at The Interchurch Center in New York on December 17, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Exhibit featuring “harlem is …Theater” honorees at The Interchurch Center in New York on December 17, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

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 (former)

Harlem Theatre Company
James Pringle, Founder


The H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players
Gertrude Jeannette, Founder/CEO


New Federal Theatre
National Black Touring Circuit
Woodie King, Jr., Founder/Producing Director

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National Black Theatre, Inc.
Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, Visionary Founder Sade Lythcott, CEO


Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop
Garland Lee Thompson, Sr., Co‐Founder/Executive Director

The evening was dedicated to harlem is …THEATER honoree Garland Lee Thompson, Sr. (1938-2014), who was represented by his son, Garland Lee Thompson, Jr.


New Heritage & The Harlem Arts Alliance mourn the loss of Garland Lee Thompson
Mama Foundation for the Arts
Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, Co‐Writers, Co‐ Producers, Co‐Directors


New Heritage Theatre Group
Voza Rivers, Founding Member/Executive Producer Jamal Joseph, Executive Artistic Director

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Take Wing and Soar Productions
Debra Ann Byrd, Founding/Producing Artistic Director


The Classical Theater of Harlem
Ty Jones, Producing Director

Historic Theaters:
African Grove Theatre
WPA Federal Theatre Project Harlem Unit The Rose McClendon Players
American Negro Theater
New Lafayette Theatre
New Heritage Theatre Group

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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

Phyllis Yvonne Stickey, Ronald Wyche, Voza Rivers, Lia Chang and Chuck Jackson. Photo by GK

Phyllis Yvonne Stickey, Ronald Wyche, Voza Rivers, Lia Chang and Chuck Jackson. Photo by GK

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