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The Movement Theatre Company

The Movement Theatre Company creates an artistic social movement by developing and producing new works by artists of color. Under the leadership of David Mendizábal, Deadria Harrington, Eric Lockley, and Taylor Reynolds, our work engages a multicultural audience in a rich theatrical dialogue, enlightens communities to the important issues affecting our world, and empowers artists to celebrate the many sides of their unique voice. Founded in 2007, The Movement has established itself as an artistic staple in Harlem by partnering with many local businesses and social justice organizations to create community for our uptown artists and audiences. Past production successes include: And She Would Stand Like This by Harrison David Rivers, directed by David Mendizábal, choreographed by Kia LaBeija, produced by Deadria Harrington; Look Upon Our Lowliness by Harrison David Rivers, directed by David Mendizábal; and their breakout New York Times-lauded production of Bintou by Koffi Kwahulé, translated by Chantal Bilodeau, directed by David Mendizábal. Past programming successes include: the Ladder Series touring production of Hope Speaks directed by Jonathan McCrory; Last Laugh by Eric Lockley; Think Before You Holla created by Taylor Reynolds; the workshop production of Black Boy & The War by Antoinette Nwandu, directed by Jesca Prudencio; as well as numerous Harlem Nights events. Our 2018 production of What to Send Up When It Goes Down by Aleshea Harris, directed by Whitney White, received critical praise and recognition (Drama Desk Award nominee), increased the visibility of those affected by racially-motivated violence, and challenged the limitations of a theatrical experience. As a recent OBIE-award recipient, we are passionate about using our platform to shift the status quo of “American Theater” both on-stage and behind the scenes. We are producers of color committed to highlighting artists of color that are exploding traditional theatrical forms, telling stories for us, by us! We’re truly honored and excited to partner with Hibernian and the A.R.T. to bring our production of What to Send Up When It Goes Down to Boston and Cambridge!

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