It's your stage! Get involved! 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. Your support makes it all possible!

Supporting Artists of Color

Your generous support enables Harlem Stage to help support young artists, commission new works, make the arts accessible to communities throughout New York and deliver the treasure of the performing arts to young people.

Donate Today!

Help us to keep the cultural richness of music, dance, and theater in our city, in our schools and in our lives.

Make your donation today!

The Harlem Stage 2014-15 Season is made possible in part, with the generous support from the SHS Foundation,
Reginald Van Lee, and Agnes Gund, in addition to:

2014-15 Sponsors

Join the Circle

Harlem Stage Commissioning Circle—Sharing the Vision

Your Gift Supports:
  • Circle Member $2,500
  • Leader $5,000
  • Producer $10,000
  • Visionary $25,000
  • Innovator $50,000
Circle Member Benefits include:
  • Listing as Circle Member
  • Tickets to work-in-progress showings and premieres
  • “Invite Only” Rehearsals
  • Private audience with artists
  • Host / Toast Circle Reception with Artists
  • DVD and Framed Photos of Performance
  • Intimate dinner with Pat Cruz and Artists
  • Introduce premiere performance from stage with Pat Cruz

Make a tax-deductible donation using our secure online service.

For more information contact Julia Marrero, 212.281.9240 ext. 10 or

Harlem Stage - MyHarlemStage

MyHarlemStage: Become a Member

With just a single member fee you’ll receive a host of benefits designed to connect audiences with artists, starting with a 20% discount off our already reasonably priced tickets.


Membership Benefits:
  • Single Membership $50 ($35 Senior)
  • 20% ticket discounts (max 2 tickets per performance)
  • Elimination of ticketing fees when purchased through member services
  • Invitations to rehearsals, annual gala/benefit, pre/post performance receptions, and other special events
  • Discounts on Harlem Stage space rentals for your private events and/or meetings
  • Newsletter subscription
Dual Membership $75:
  • All of the above benefits PLUS
  • 20% ticket discounts (max 4 tickets per performance)

Special Events at Harlem Stage

Harlem Stage Gala

Our “Don’t Miss” Party of the Season

Past galas have featured an extraordinary array of Harlem Stage artists, intimate dinner with friends, and a dance party to complete the celebration. The 2015 gala will provide this, and so much more.

Past galas:

Harlem Stage - The Harlem Stage Family

The Harlem Stage Family of Support

No Curtain Would Rise, No Stage Would Be Lit Without YOU!

Support of Harlem Stage is provided, in part, by public funds from:

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Commissioner Kate D. Levin
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
New York City Council Members Robert Jackson and Inez Dickens
Manhattan Borough President, Scott M. Stringer
Manhattan Delegation of the New York City Council
New York State Council on the Arts
New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
New York State Senator Bill Perkins
New York State Assemblyman Keith L. Wright
Manhattan Democratic Delegation of the New York State Assembly
National Endowment for the Arts
United States Congressman Charles B. Rangel
United States Senator Charles S. Schumer
Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation


Leonard and Sophie Davis Estate
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Annual Support
$100,000 and Up
Bloomberg Philanthropies
The Ford Foundation
Lambent Foundation
Time Warner
$50,000 to $99,999
Booth Ferris Foundation
Fund for the City of New York
A.C. Hudgins*
Open Society Foundations
SHS Foundation
Vinette J. Caroll Fund
$25,000 to $49,999
Jenette Kahn and Al Williams
Jerome Foundation
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
MetLife Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Reginald Van Lee Foundation*
$15,000 to $24,999
Bob & Eileen Gilman Family Foundation*
The City College of New York
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc
The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
Agnes Gund*
Joseph & Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts
$10,000 to $14,999
American Express
Simon and Stefany Bergson
Leon Henderson, Jr.
Willy Holtzman and Sylvia Shepard*
Manhattan Beer Distributors
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
New Music USA
The Scherman Foundation
The Shubert Foundation
Olivia Smashum and Michael Unthank
Jack Tilton
Tamara Tunie
The Wallace Foundation
Robert and Elisabeth Wilmers*
Karen M. Witherspoon
Michael A. Young*
$5,000 to $9,999
Sam Alfstad
Asian Cultural Council
The Cissy Taggert Brayshaw Trust
The Jane and Tad Shepard Family Foundation
Michael A. Kenny*
Scott Metzner and Judy Gallent
New York Life Insurance
Joseph A. Risico
Philip Schlakman
Michael A. Sennott
Spencer Stuart
State Farm Bank
Trust for Mutual Understanding
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Warner Bros. Entertainment
$1,000 to 4,999
Aaron and Betty Gilman Family Foundation*
Alvin Adell
Kenneth C. Allen
Peg Alston and Willis Burton
Rose Marie and Burnside Anderson III
Earl Andrews
Roland Augustine*
Tracy “Binta” Austin*
Louis J. Baldwin
Hugh Bareiss and Margaret Tsirantonakis
Ellen Stone Belic
Angela Glover Blackwell
BNY Mellon
Valerie Brown
Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation
Henry and Kathleen Chalfant
JoAnn Chase and Eve Sandler
Kinshasha Holman Conwill
Patricia Cruz
Dan Epstein
Kim Heirston-Evans and Richard Evans
Frayda and Ronald Feldman
Angelina Fiordellisi and Matt Williams
Neil Fox and Ellen Rudley
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C.
Ira and Carole Hall
Anne Hess and Craig Kaplan
Massimo Iacoboni
Karen and Danny Lerner*
Glenn Ligon
Local One, IATSE
Alexis Marnel
Deirdre May
Henry McGee
C. Lockhart McKelvy
S. Epatha Merkerson*
Nobuko Cobi Narita
Esther Newberg
Laura and Richard Parsons
Wendell Pierce
Madeleine and Harvey Plonsker*
Maxine and John Potts
Larry Satterfield and Sabir Amen
Sandra L. Scott
Ronald Simons
Stephen and Nan Swid
Lola C. West
Lloyd Williams, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce
Richard J. Wilson
$500 to $999
Ronald K. Alexander
Ronald K. Brown
Milly Hawk Daniel
Suzanne Davis and Rolf Ohlhausen
Amy Eagle
Leontine Ebers
Toni Fay
The Friars Foundation
Gregory Generet
Philip Goiran and Bonny Dickinson*
Randal Jean-Baptiste
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Richard and Katherine Kahan
Maurice Lyons
Jennifer Manocherian
Josie Merck and Jim Stevenson
Gerri and Leon Merrick
Stephanie Reiner
Judy Rubin
James Spindler
Darius Walker

$100 to $499
Linda Arrington
Nevah Assang
Ted and Asya Berger
Joseph and Sue Berland
George and Eleanor Bollag
Amelia Brankov
Deborah Brevoort and Chuck Cooper
Fahamisha P. Brown
Anne B. Cammack
Jennifer Carleston
Catherine Cashion
Joyce H. Conoly
Kim Cooper
Renee Danger-James
Gayle Davis
Lisa E. Davis
Ernestine Haynes Day
Corey Delany
Paul Donahue
Marquita Pool-Eckert
Nicole Edgecombe
Sondra Ford
Queen Naomi Francis
Edward Geffner
Ellis Gellhorn
John Good
Jennifer Goodale
Marguerite Greene
Geraldine Gregg
Natalie Guy
Sharon Hall
Debra and James Hamilton
Carla A. Harris
Daniel and Jessica Hartley
Olivia C.  Hector
Natsu Ifill
Ann N. Jackson
Bronwyn Jackson
Amy L. Katz and Irving Scher
Tanya Kennedy
Grace Lee
Tania Leon
Lillie Levy
Brian Maas
Margaret Mack
David and Millie McCoy
Dawn McGee
Harriet Michel
Frank Montaturo
Jason Moran
Dolores Morris
Robert Newton
Felix Okolo
Daniel J. Osheyack
Kenneth Overton
John T. Reddick
Michael Reidbord
Gloria Reuben
Diana Richardson
Kim Richardson
Christine Rickoff-Tirado
Heidi Riegler
Verna Robertson
Paulette Robinson
Verdery Roosevelt
Cheryl Rosario
Anthony Russell
Thelma Russell
Phillip Sanchez
Ron Scott
Jay and Marsha Seeman
Stefanie Siegel
Jennifer Silverman
Alexander Smalls
Kenneth A. Smaltz
John D. Smith
Irmane Suarez
Patricia A. Terry
Kimberly Thomas
Mark Thomas
Ellie and David Tweedy
Walter Urquhart
Carrie Mae Weems
Constance White
Charles Williams
Shellie Williams

As of 1/28/13
* Harlem Stage Commissioning Circle

The Harlem Stage 30th Anniversary Season lead sponsor is Time Warner with additional support from Lambent Foundation, Vinnette J. Carroll Fund, SHS Foundation, and Reginald Van Lee.

Major institutional support provided, in part, by The Booth Ferris Foundation, The Ford Foundation, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Emma A. Schaefer Charitable Trust, and by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation.

WaterWorks receives Lead Sponsorship from Time Warner Foundation with additional support provided by the Aaron and Betty Gilman Family Foundation, Bob & Eileen Gilman Family Foundation and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts.

The Harlem Stage Commissioning Circle members including Roland Augustine, Tracy “Binta” Austin, Betty Gilman, Jon Gilman, Agnes Gund, A.C. Hudgins, Michael A. Kenny, S. Epatha Merkerson,  Madeleine & Harvey Plonsker, Erana Stennett,  Robert G. & Elisabeth Wilmers, Reginald Van Lee, and Michael A. Young.

Harlem Stage Partners Program receives public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.

Harlem Stride receives public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

E-Moves receives public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. Dance at Harlem Stage is supported by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation.

Harlem Stage Education Programs (International Series, Harlem Stage in Schools, and Family Series) receives support from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation with additional support provided by the MetLife Foundation, Consolidated Edison, Tad and Jane Shepard Family Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the Theatre Development Fund, and by public funds from the Council of the City of New York, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Harlem Stage on Screen receives support from HBO.

Harlem Stage Fund for New Work receives Leadership Support from the Jerome Foundation.

The programs of Harlem Stage are funded and managed by Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Inc., an independent, not-for-profit educational, artistic, and charitable corporation.

Programs at Aaron Davis Hall are presented with the cooperation and support of The City College of New York.