The Classical Theatre of Harlem
is a professional theatre company founded in 1999 at the Harlem School for the Arts. CTH is the only year round theatre company operating on an AEA LORT contract in Harlem, and presents a world repertory ranging from Euripides to Derek Walcott. Since its founding, the CTH has put on over 39 productions, including The Cherry Orchard
The Cherry Orchard is Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's last play. It premiered at the Moscow Art Theatre 17 January 1904 in a production directed by Constantin Stanislavski. Chekhov intended this play as a comedy and it does contain some elements of farce; however, Stanislavski insisted on...
, Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot is an absurdist play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly and in vain for someone named Godot to arrive. Godot's absence, as well as numerous other aspects of the play, have led to many different interpretations since the play's...
The Tragedy of Macbeth is a play by William Shakespeare about a regicide and its aftermath. It is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and is believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607...
, King Lear", The Blacks: A Clown Show, Caligula, The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, and various others for which the company has received numerous AUDELCO
AUDELCO, the Audience Development Committee, Inc., was established in 1973 by the late Vivian Robinson to honor excellence in New York African American Theatre through presentation of Vivan Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Awards...
The Obie Awards or Off-Broadway Theater Awards are annual awards given by The Village Voice newspaper to theatre artists and groups in New York City...
, Drama Desk, American Theatre Wing and Lucille Lortell nominations and awards. The company has presented the only major New York revivals of "Dream on Monkey Mountain", "The Blacks", and "Funnyhouse of a Negro" since their original productions over 30 years ago.
The Classical Theatre of Harlem is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. In 2005, the theater was among 406 New York City
New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York exerts a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and...
arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg
Michael Rubens Bloomberg is the current Mayor of New York City. With a net worth of $19.5 billion in 2011, he is also the 12th-richest person in the United States...
. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/06/nyregion/06donate.html?ex=1278302400&en=93a1beabd4ede5b8&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss http://carnegie.org/sub/news/anon2005.html
To maintain a professional theatre company dedicated to presenting the “classics” on the stages of Harlem;
To create employment and educational outreach opportunities in the theatre arts for the Harlem community;
To create and nurture a new, young, and culturally diverse audience for the “classics”; and
To heighten the awareness of theater and of great art in Harlem.
Awards and nominations
- 2008 American Theater Wing Ward
- 2006 Lucille Lortell Award
- 2005 Drama Desk
The Drama Desk Awards, which are given annually in a number of categories, are the only major New York theater honors for which productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway compete against each other in the same category...
nomination for Outstanding Musical Revival
- 2004 Drama Desk Award for Artistic Excellence
- 2004 Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress, Trojan Women
- 2004 Edwin Booth Award for Artistic Excellence
- CTH named "1 of 8 Theatres to Watch in America" by The Drama League
- 2001 OBIE Award for Artistic Excellence
- 4 - 2003 OBIE Awards for CTH's production of The Blacks
- 18 - AUDELCO Awards for excellence in Black Theatre
- 61 AUDELCO nominations for excellence in Black Theatre