From Our Executive Director

Pat Cruz

 

We are celebrating the big 10! In the Fall of 2006, we moved into the award-winning Harlem Stage Gatehouse - a New York City landmark built in 1890 as a pivotal facility within the Croton Aqueduct system. The restoration of this historic building into a state-of-the art flexible performance, rehearsal and support space, ushered us into a new chapter in our institutional history and birthed one of our most vital programs: WaterWorks.

A platform for all Harlem Stage commissioned, presented and produced work which is then premiered at our venue, WaterWorks honors of the history of the Gatehouse as a site of transformation; evolving from a station that supplied fresh water to New York City over a century ago to becoming a home for visionary artists, community, culture and a place from which art and ideas flow.

Throughout the 10 year history of the program, we have had the privilege of supporting artists and projects such as the Bill T. Jones' Chapel/Chapter, the late Sekou Sundiata's 51st dream state, Roger Guenveur Smith's Who Killed Bob Marley?, Tania Leon's Reflections, Jason Moran and Meshell Ndegeocello's Fats Waller Dance Party, Kyle Abraham's Pavement, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Nora Chipaumire's visible, Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd's Holding It Down, Robert Glasper's Songs In the Key of Life and Stew's Notes of a Native Song. Each of these extraordinary projects have premiered here and gone out into the world catalyzing imaginative and critical discourse about art, legacy, innovation and social issues of our time. Serving as a home for our artists, an incubator for their projects, a haven for community and a vital pipeline for the field is the heart of what we do and as we celebrate our 10 year milestone, we are leaning further into this work.

Pat Cruz
Executive Director
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Simone Eccleston
Director of Programming
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