Apollo New Works


About New Works

The Apollo New Works initiative expands upon The Apollo’s mission to support the creation of new work by Black artists. The multidisciplinary emerging and established artists who the organization has commissioned and provided space, time, and resources will create, develop, and present work across The Apollo Stages, including The Apollo’s Victoria Theater, which will open later this year and will serve as the main incubation space. Commissioned works will include world premiere performances, festivals, and programs rooted in music, dance, theater, poetry, and more.

Apollo New Works expands the Apollo’s commitment to supporting creative innovation by emerging and established artists whose work challenges, reflects, and is in dialogue with the most pressing issues within our communities.

Apollo New Works will build upon The Apollo’s history of commissioning new work, including the 2018 stage adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between The World and Me and the 2017 genre-defying opera We Shall Not Be Moved by Daniel Bernard Roumain, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Bill T. Jones, co-commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, among others.

The Apollo New Works initiative also encompasses The Apollo’s Salon Series, a one-week residency program and The Apollo Master Artist -in-Residence three-year program, providing leading artists of color with a home to create new works, curate and develop programs for The Apollo, and engage with students from The Apollo’s education programs.

Apollo New Works is generously supported by the Ford Foundation with additional funding from The Mellon Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Apollo New Work Artists

  • Billy Childs
  • Francisca Da Silveira
  • Kevin R. Free
  • Alex Harsley and The 4th Street Photo Gallery
  • Aku Kadogo and jessica Care moore
  • Jonathan Payne
  • Martha Redbone
  • Nathan Yungerberg
  • Kamasi Washington Master Artist-in-Residence
  • Soul Science Lab
  • Bandaloop with composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain 
  • Talvin Wilks
  • Ebony Noelle Golden
  • Stefon Harris 
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