RUN OF SHOW
The ACT UP! monthly series takes place each month
Writers meet with actors and actresses to prepare for the live read portion of the evening. Writers can pull from the event actor pool or bring their own team to present the live read to the audience.
The writer, using the actors from the Actor's Den, presents 5 pages of their script to an audience of fellow writers, producers, directors and investors. After each reading, a discussion with the writer and celebrity guest takes place.
Have some drinks and meet everyone in the room while jamming to golden age Hip Hop. The person next to you could lead to your next gig, be an investor or a new resource.
The American Negro Theatre (ANT), which was founded on June 5, 1940, in the basement of the 135th Street Branch of The New York Public Library. Founded by playwright Abram Hill and actor Frederick O’Neal, and other actors in Harlem, the ANT was formed in the tradition of the Federal Theatre Project, a New Deal program discontinued by Congress in 1939.
The ANT sought to push the boundaries of Black theatre, experimenting with modernist theatrical tropes, and producing ambitious, original works by Black playwrights. Ultimately, the American Negro Theatre became one of the most influential Black theater organizations of the 1940s, and ignited the careers of a number of famous black actors including Harry Belafonte, Alice Childress, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and Earle Hyman