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Imagined Futures: Spring 2017 Student Exhibitions


Featuring work by the emerging young artists of Abrons Arts Center’s Engagement Programs. Imagined Futures has been curated by staff and artist faculty and includes a broad spectrum of art making styles/media.

May 12, 2017
Reception | 5:30 – 6:30 PM

May 20
Reception | 11 AM – 1 PM
Origins: Visual Arts
Saturday Morning Cartoons


Moment or Movement?: Urban Youth Theater & National Black Theatre

7 PM Performances | Underground Theater | Free

Is this a Moment or a Movement?
When we speak of bravery, do we remember to include ourselves? What about the next generation? This will be a collection of original work that captures the thoughts and impressions around the new political era from the youth that will inherit this country. Join us as we share the conversations we have been building. 

Director | Jonathan McCrory
Assistant Director | Chelsea Harrison 

UYT Ensemble:
Angelica Jacobs
Gabriella Marrero
Gareth Nolasco Tupper
Gabriel Cubero-Albisa
Yasmeen Vargas
Armani Cooper
Kira Viera

National Black Theatre (NBT) was founded in 1968 in the heart of Harlem by the late Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, an award winning, visionary artist and entrepreneur. With a distinguished history of innovative work in its community, NBT is among the oldest Black Theaters in the country, and amongst the longest owned and operated by a woman of color. NBT is also a pioneer as the first to establish a revenue-generating Black art complex located at 2031 5th Avenue in Harlem, NY. NBT’s core mission remains the same today as it was at the time of its founding, to produce transformational theatrical experiences that enhance African American cultural identity by telling authentic stories of the Black experience. Dr. Teer envisioned NBT as a means to educate, enrich, entertain, empower and inform the national conscience around current social justice issues that impact our communities. NBT has produced over 300 original theatre works that have toured the USA, the Caribbean, Central America, Africa, and Asia. NBT continues to provide a safe unhindered space for artist of color to articulate the complexity, and beauty of their experience through theater. 

Jonathan McCrory is an Obie Award-winning, Harlem-based artist who has served as Director of Theatre Arts at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre since 2012. He has directed numerous productions, including Dead and Breathing, HandsUp, Hope Speaks, Blacken  The Bubble, Asking for More, Last Laugh and Enter Your Sleep. In 2013, he was awarded the Emerging Producer Award by the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the Torch Bearer Award by theatrical legend Woodie King Jr. He is a founding member of the collaborative producing organization Harlem9, Next Generation National Network and The Movement Theatre Company. McCrory sits on the National Advisory Committee for Howlround.com and was a member of the original cohort for ArtEquity. A Washington, DC native, McCrory attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts and New York University TISCH School of the Arts. To learn more, please visit www.jonathanmccrory.com.

Urban Youth Theater is Abrons Arts Center’s theater laboratory for teen actors, writers, and directors. Each year the company performs a season of professionally produced original works and re-interpretations of classical texts. Working under the direction of New York City-based directors, writers, and designers, UYT meets twice a week to create and rehearse upcoming projects.


Engagement Music & Performance Platforms: Spring 2017


Platforms are student-centered performances that showcase artistic progress and provide a space for creative reflection. All engagement platforms are free and open to the public.

Music Platforms
May 5 – 12 | 6 PM | Free

Tuesday, May 9
4 PM Call Time & 6 PM Performance
Piano Platform | Students of Luna Uehara & Tonino Miano

Wednesday, May 10
4 PM Call Time & 6 PM Performance
Group and Voice Platform
Students of Michael Inge
Vocal Ensemble
Finding Your Voice
Teen Voices
Rock Band
Audio Landscape
LEARN: Guitar

Thursday, May 11
4 PM Call Time & 6 PM Performance
Piano Platform: Students of Charles Jones + Bruce Potterton

Friday, May 12
4 PM Call Time & 6 PM Performance
Piano Platform: Students of Miki Sasamoto and Ado Coker

Performance Platform

Saturday, May 20 | 2 PM | Free
Participating Classes:
Breaking 1
Breaking Crew
Hip-Hop 1 and 2
Ballet 1
Ballet 2
Act Funny
Spoken Word