Artistic Statements

Learn more about the artistic direction of The Apollo from Apollo Executive Producer, Kamilah Forbes.


January 2024

Dear Apollo Family,

On January 26, 2024, The Apollo turns 90 years old, and time has only made our celebrated organization more essential. This special anniversary also marks our first-ever expansion, with two new stages at the revitalized Victoria Theater, a historic former vaudeville house just steps away.

With its welcoming lobby, gallery space, and two black-box theaters (one named for our longtime former President Jonelle Procope), The Apollo Stages at The Victoria will be an active and resonant space for our community, offering intimate performances, dance, film, exhibitions, community events, and educational programs. We’ll celebrate artistic adventures, providing space for the development of new work and risk-taking, and enabling The Apollo to remain the place Where Culture Takes Shape!

One Apollo, multiple stages. The opening of The Apollo Stages at The Victoria allows us to expand The Apollo’s role as a destination for visitors from around the world. It also allows us to make a greater commitment to our Harlem community, with additional space for local artists’ rehearsals and performances and unique opportunities for artistic curation from cultural collaborators in our neighborhood. Watch this space and stay tuned for more information to get involved.

Our inaugural events on The Apollo Stages at The Victoria include the Soul Science Lab: The Renaissance Mixtape, an immersive, hip-hop-inspired theatrical concert inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and commissioned by The Apollo. From The Victoria to The Village: A Visual History of Black Spaces, offers an exhibition of work by photographer and gallerist Alex Harsley. Our Winter/Spring season also features In the Same Tongue, a dance/music work from legendary choreographer Diane McIntyre; an Apollo New Works premiere by vibraphonist and Grammy-nominee Stefon Harris and his band Blackout; and a film event chronicling the art and activism of David Hammons. Thanks to the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, we welcome everyone to our first season with tickets priced at $20 or less.

Children are our future, and The Apollo supports a new, diverse American canon geared toward students. We invite schools interested in school time theatrical works and dance to join us for School Day Live—learn more here: I am also excited to share our new Apollo Stories program, an interactive digital learning hub serving public school educators and students across the country. Exploring urgent themes of justice, culture, and identity, the program’s inaugural lessons are built around The Apollo’s acclaimed stage adaptation of author Ta Nehisi-Coates’s seminal Between the World and Me. Take a peek here:

At The Apollo, it is our mission to hold space and center Black artists and voices, and as a civic and economic cornerstone of Harlem and New York City, we will continue to work as a catalyst for social advocacy. I’m deeply proud of the work we’re doing and invite you all to join us for our exciting next chapter!


Kamilah Forbes
Executive Producer

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