About Us

Since 1983, Harlem Stage has been one of the nation’s leading arts organizations devoted to the creation and development of new works by performing artists of color. We support artists and organizations around the corner and across the globe. And we provide children and adults with engaging and interactive education programs.


Mission and Legacy

Harlem Stage is a performing arts center that celebrates and perpetuates the unique and diverse artistic legacy of Harlem and the indelible impression it has made on American culture. We provide opportunity, commissioning and support for artists of color, make performances accessible to all audiences, and introduce children to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts.

In over thirty years, we’ve hosted legends: Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Maya Angelou and Tito Puente, and showcased and nurtured new genius.

Highlights of the organization’s history include a 1990 Town Hall meeting with the newly released Nelson Mandela conducted by Ted Koppel and Nightline at the arts center; Danny Glover’s presentation of his celebrated Romeo and Juliet; and tributes to Frank Foster. The Hall inaugurated the Harlem Renaissance Award honoring Harry Belafonte that year, Nancy Wilson and Maya Angelou, which brought renowned artists including Tony Bennett, Abbey Lincoln, Quincy Jones, Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones and many others.

On October 24, 2006, Harlem Stage opened our new space, The Gatehouse, an event that marked the beginning of a new era in the history of the institution. To celebrate this milestone, we adopted a new identity – Harlem Stage – and launched three new programs for The Gatehouse: WaterWorks, Harlem Stride and Harlem Stage Partners.


Press Room

Welcome to Harlem Stage’s Press Room.

If you have any press inquiries, please direct them to:
Blake Zidell & Associates
(718) 643-9052

Recent News Items

January 13, 2015
José James’s ‘Peace Power Change’ Video Takes on Racial Injustice in America
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PIX 11

January 9, 2015
New York City tourism agency releases video to promote Harlem
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NYC & Company

January 7, 2015
Neighborhood Guide: Inside Harlem
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January 6, 2015
Jason Moran Tips Hat to Tradition While Transcending the Jazz Idiom
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The Harlem Eye: Beat on the Street

November 9, 2014
Makandal Mixtape Heats up Harlem Stage
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NPR: Jazz Night in America

October 8, 2014
Very Very Threadgill Webcast Announcement
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All About Jazz

October 7, 2014
Henry Threadgill: Very Very Threadgill 2014
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The New York Times

September 28, 2014
Review of Very Very Threadgill
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Amsterdam News

September 25, 2014
Very Threadgill, Bebo Valdes exhibit, Haynes and McBride reviews
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September 24, 2014
Harlem Stage Gets Very Very Threadgill
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NYC Jazz Record

September 2014 Issue
Jason Moran – It’s All Good
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The Huffington Post

May 22, 2014
Street Club and LGBTQ Pride Collide in Harlem Dance Night, “Counterculture’
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Page Six

May 18, 2014
Photo of actor Dulé Hill attending Harlem Stage’s 2014 Annual Gala

The New York Times

May 9, 2014
Letting An Ensemble Complete Him
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The New York Times

May 2, 2014
Onstage in Harlem, A Week of Jazz
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Best of New Jersey

April 30, 2014
New Jersey to Harlem for Jazz
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The Wall Street Journal

April 22, 2014
James Baldwin Festival Starts at New York Live Arts
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Dance View Times

April 5, 2014
Energized-Moves: E-Moves 15, Program B
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Wall Street Journal

March 13, 2014
Pianist Gets Her Due
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The New York Times

March 6, 2014
A Mentor Recalled by Talking Pianos: A Tribute to Mary Lou Williams
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The New York Times

July 28, 2013
Harlem Stage Prepares to Export Its Own Opera
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The Wall Street Journal

June 30, 2013
From Haitian Roots, a Rebellious Opera Springs
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The Haitian Times

March 1, 2013
Interview with Emeline Michel
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The New York Jazz Record

March 2013
Interview with Claudia Acuña
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Harlem World

February 25, 2013
Harlem Stage and the Irish Arts Center Takes A New Look At St. Patrick’s Day In Harlem
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Wax Poetics

January 3, 2013
Robert Glasper Expands on Stevie Wonder
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December 24, 2012
Keys of Life: Robert Glasper Pays Homage to the Soul of Stevie Wonder
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Uptown Magazine

December 20, 2012
Glasper and Friends Pay Homage to Stevie Wonder
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December 20, 2012
Review of Robert Glasper show in NYC: Songs in the Key of Life
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The Revivalist

December 19, 2012
Robert Glasper Takes on the Music of Stevie Wonder
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The New York Times

December 16, 2012
Stevie Wonder Songs, Refashioned and Repackaged
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The New Yorker

December 12, 2012
Secrets, Stories and Soul Baring
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December 9, 2012
Grammy Nominated Artists Robert Glasper & Harlem Stage
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The New Yorker

November 11, 2012
‘Boyz n the Hood’ Reimagined as Dance
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Huffington Post

November 11, 2012
‘Sleep Song’ At Harlem Stage Gatehouse Tells the Unbelievable Stories of Civilians and Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan
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The New York Times

November 5, 2012
Hip-Hop Moves and Revolving Police Lights Illuminate a Flammable Scene
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The Examiner

October 30, 2012
Acclaimed Performing Arts Group Harlem Stage Celebrates 30th Anniversary
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Crain’s New York Business

October 9, 2012
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October 11, 2012
Faith Evans, Chris Tucker and Sinbad Take Harlem This Fall
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October 2, 2012
Time Warner Helps Harlem Stage Celebrate 30 Years
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WCBS Radio

October 4, 2012
Heading Out With Lynda Lopez
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Sequenza 21

September 25, 2012
Holding It Down: Premiere of a New Multimedia Work by Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd
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The New York Times

September 21, 2012
Sleepless in Kandahar or Mosul, in Raw Verse
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New York Daily News

September 16, 2012
Jazz pianist and poet Mike Ladd are ‘Holding It Down’
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September 2, 2012
Positively Black: Harlem Stage
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The New York Times

July 16, 2012
Harlem Stage Unveils Fall Season
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WCBS “Eye on New York”

July 15, 2012
Eye On New York: Surfing For The Visually Impaired, Women’s Health, And The Harlem Stage
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New York City Jazz Record

June 2012
New York at Night
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New York Daily News

May 31, 2012
Harlem Stage at 30: Still a Vital, Diverse Player on the Uptown Arts Scene
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The New York Times

May 18, 2012
Up Close and Personal, if Distant
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WABE (PBS and NPR in Atlanta)

May 17, 2012
Cecil Taylor: The Pianist Who’s Also an Orchestra
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NPR All Things Considered

May 17, 2012
Cecil Taylor: The Pianist Who’s Also an Orchestra
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Daily News

May 10, 2012
Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival Swings Into 2nd Year Celebrating American Art Form
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May 9, 2012
It’s (unofficially) Cecil Taylor Month in New York’s Jazz World
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Village Voice

May 8, 2012
Saluting Pianist Cecil Taylor
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Jazz Police

May 7, 2012
Honoring Cecil Taylor: New York Celebration, May 9-19
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Board of Directors

Tamara Tunie, President
Jenette Kahn, Vice President
Michael Young, Secretary
Leon Henderson Jr., Treasurer
Patricia Cruz
Trevor Gale
Willy Holtzman
A.C. Hudgins
Michael A. Kenny
Karen Lerner
Courtney Lee-Mitchell
Daniel Osheyack
Ronald Simons
Jack Tilton

Artist Circle

Kyle Abraham
Ayad Akhtar
Chuck Cooper
Hugh Dancy
Claire Danes
Ruby Dee *in memoriam
Fab 5 Freddy
Roger Guenveur Smith
Craig Harris
Nona Hendryx
Dulé Hill
Warrington Hudlin
Ruben Santiago Hudson
Vijay Iyer
José James
Judith Jamison
Bill T. Jones
Tania León
Jesse L. Martin
S. Epatha Merkerson
Emeline Michel
Alicia Hall Moran
Jason Moran
Manu Narayan
Estelle Parsons
Wendell Pierce
Gloria Reuben
Carl Hancock Rux
Dominic Taylor
John Douglas Thompson
Tracie Thoms
Carrie Mae Weems
Lawrence Weschler
Randy Weston
Jeffrey Wright


Executive Office

Patricia Cruz
Executive Director

James King
Managing Director

Indira Goodwine
General Management Associate


Brad Learmonth

Director of Programming

Simone Eccleston

Assistant Director of Programming


Andrew Navarette
Development Manager of Institutional Giving


Deirdre May
Director of Marketing

Andre Padayhag
Marketing Assistant


Amanda Ringger
Production Manager

Jeff Davolt
Assistant Production Manager


Rodney Bissessar
Operations Manager

Lamont Askins
Assistant Operations Manager

Julia Marrero

Office Manager


John Stam
Director of Finance and Administration

Lisa Benitez
Assistant Box Office Manager


Blake Zidell & Associates
Public Relations

Aon/Albert G. Ruben Company (NY)/Claudia Kaufman

Lutz & Carr / Chris Bellando

Consulair, Inc.

Marc Millman Photography

IT Consultant

Careers & Internships

Careers: There are currently no positions available.

Internships: A variety of internship opportunities for qualified undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students pursuing careers in the performing arts and non-profit management fields are available throughout the year.


Harlem Stage is a valuable resource for New York City, presenting a dynamic variety of programs in music, dance, film, theater, and arts education programs which are rooted in and reflect the rich and diverse traditions of the Harlem community. For 30 years, Harlem Stage’s unique focus has been to identify visionary artists of color and support them by commissioning, presenting – and increasingly in recent years – producing their vital work that responds to the social and political conditions that shape our lives. This work has positioned Harlem Stage as a leader in the field. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened The Gatehouse, a newly restored NYC landmark building, expanding and enhancing its commitment to innovative programming and the Harlem community.

The Development Intern will assist in the organization’s efforts to build awareness of Harlem Stage throughout the Harlem community and build capacity for Harlem Stage programming.

Duties Required:
• Work closely with development staff to assist in the planning and implementation of department strategies.
• Interface with other departments, including programming and marketing, as needed to facilitate Development initiatives
• Conduct online research of prospective institutional funders and individual donors, organize and report information.
• Assist in special events, including donor relations, community outreach
• Compile, organize, and mine donor data to create donor analytics and reports
• Assist with writing donor communications, including grant proposals and reports
• Additional duties as requested
• Some evening and weekend work may be required

Requirements of the Position:
• Strong online / research skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Computer literacy
• Strong organizational skills

This is an unpaid internship. Interns will be expected to work two days per week and will be granted a Metrocard to cover transportation costs.

Contact: Indira Goodwine, General Management Associate
Email: igoodwine@harlemstage.org
Address: Harlem Stage / Aaron Davis Hall Inc., The Gatehouse, 150 Convent Ave., New York, NY 10031


The accounting intern will assist the Director of Finance in meeting weekly, monthly and annual deadlines, while getting a complete understanding of the policies and procedures of an accounting department.

Duties Required:
• Assist in the inputting of invoices into computer system with proper coding.
• On a monthly basis, assist with bank reconciliations and posting deposits from previous month.
• Keep all filing current and assist in developing new systems for filing.
• Work with excel to create various spreadsheets.
• Assist with Journal Entries.

This is a great opportunity for a student who is motivated and wants to do accounting work. The student must be:
• Energetic and willing to learn
• Good with Excel spreadsheet ( but will train )
• Goal oriented
• Available 10 hrs per week

Contact: Indira Goodwine, General Management Associate
Email: igoodwine@harlemstage.org
Address: Harlem Stage / Aaron Davis Hall Inc., The Gatehouse, 150 Convent Ave., New York, NY 10031

Please bookmark and visit this page for future announcements, opportunities, and updates.

Thank you for your interest in career and internship opportunities at Harlem Stage.

Artist Opportunities

Interested E-Moves Choreographers:

As we prepare to honor James Baldwin and Billie Holiday in our upcoming 2014-2015 season, this year’s E-Moves will be curated to reflect this celebration. Though we will not hold auditions, we still encourage you to keep us abreast of your performances and choreographic activity throughout the year. Feel free to add igoodwine@harlemstage.org to your mailing list.

We look forward to experiencing your work soon!

Check back for news and updates on additional upcoming artist opportunities.