March 2021

Dear Friends,

As we welcome spring, I cannot help but reflect on the past 12 months. It has been a challenging year, but it is also one that has given me hope. I hope that our community will continue to work together to ensure that our families and neighbors remain healthy, and hope that we will safely welcome our community physically into our Theater later this year.

While we are eager to return in-person, I am bolstered by the fact that since March 2020, the Apollo has provided audiences across the globe with many exciting ways to come together. Since launching the Apollo Digital Stage last year, we’ve welcomed more than 420,000 online viewers. From a performance by Wyclef Jean to the celebration of 30 Years of House Party, and a special Verzuz evening with Amateur Night alum and R&B superstar D’Angelo to the bi-annual WOW (Women of the World) Festival, the Digital Stage has been busy. In case you missed any of it, you can check out many of the programs here. On-demand access to WOW, featuring more than 80 thought leaders, scholars, and artists, is also available through April 20.  I hope you’ll take a moment to be inspired.

Our Education team is also hard at work, offering events for students, families, and audiences of all ages, including a career panel exploring the impact of the fashion industry behemoth: the sneaker. And I’m thrilled that the Apollo Theater’s virtual internship program for high school students returns this summer.  It gives teens an opportunity to explore technical theater production. If you are or have a teen who might be interested, you can learn more here. We hope you will also join us for the many exciting events ahead.

Please be sure to mark your calendars for the Apollo’s spring benefit on Monday, June 7. We’ll come together to celebrate Black Music Month, our artists and our audiences. We’ll share more details in the weeks ahead.

The Apollo’s transformative programming would not be possible without our Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes. Please join me in congratulating Kamilah on her NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Direction for HBO’s Between the World and Me. As you know, Kamilah developed and directed the stage adaptation for the Apollo, which was performed across the country.  We’re so proud she was recognized for her brilliant work. And you may have caught the Apollo’s resident historian, Mr. Billy Mitchell, on the Grammy Awards last month when he shared how he got his start at the Apollo Theater. In case you missed it, or his presentation of Rap Song of the Year to Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé, we hope you’ll read more here.

As the Apollo looks forward to reopening, we want to thank the many generous donors who have sustained us this year. The Apollo, and arts organizations around the country, continue to need your support. For those who are able, we hope you’ll consider supporting the Apollo Theater’s upcoming season and future, by making a donation here.





Jonelle Procope
President & CEO
Apollo Theater

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