Harlem Stage is unique among performing arts institutions in its approach to supporting the work of artists of color. By providing emerging young talent with the necessary resources to create and share their work, Harlem Stage helps ensure these phenomenal artists get the platform they deserve. Our Commissioning Circle, comprised of long time Harlem Stage supporters with a passion for the performing arts, is a critical means of enabling Harlem Stage to fulfill its mission. Together we give the next generation of artists, our community and the world the chance to fully embrace work that has meaning for all of us.


2014 – 2015

The Year of James Baldwin

#YearofBaldwin April 2014 – June 2015: A Partnership of Harlem Stage and New York Live Arts, in collaboration with Columbia University, the Avedon Foundation, and The New School | Vera List Center for Arts and Politics In honor of the life and artistic legacy of the American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic, The Year of James Baldwin, is a yearlong, city-wide celebration that runs from April 2014 to June 2015 at venues across the city. It all began in April 2014 with the second annual Live Ideas festival at New York Live Arts (NYLA), entitled: James Baldwin This Time! featuring back-to-back events over 5 days. Download the festival brochure: James Baldwin This Time! Read about the festival in the news: Amsterdam News: ‘The Year of James Baldwin’ Opens in Grand Style Beacon Broadside: Jimmy’s Blues: James Baldwin’s Poetic Legacy Black Star News: Live Ideas Festival: James Baldwin This Time Broadway World: New York Live Arts Announces LIVE IDEAS Festival 2014 Schedule – ‘The Year of James Baldwin’ New York Times: New York Festival to Celebrate the Work of James Baldwin New York Times: Trying to Bring Baldwin’s Complex Voice Back to the Classroom Wall Street Journal: James Baldwin Festival Starts at New York Live Arts

Spring 2015: Year of Baldwin programs at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse:



Year of James Baldwin: Stew’s Notes of a Native Song

A new work commissioned and produced by Harlem Stage

Notes of a Native Song is made possible by the generous support from:          

Tony Award (Passing Strange) and Obie Award-winning playwright/singer-songwriter, Stew creates a collage of songs, text and video inspired by Baldwin’s brave and visionary proclivity for airing uncomfortable truths as celebratory events of poetry and beauty. Heady themes will be attached to wonderfully catchy tunes with head-nodding grooves for your listening pleasure. Along with his band, Stew will create a very intimate, up-close-and-personal cabaret show which will stimulate a wide range of thoughts and emotions. Read more…