Programs
The Apollo's Programs celebrate and develop Black culture and creativity, honoring its past while re-envisioning its legacy in forward-looking and contemporary ways.
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APOLLO PROGRAMS
Historic Tours
Apollo Tours provide audiences from all over the world an opportunity to explore the legendary history of The Apollo and gain behind-the-scenes access. Virtual and in-person tours, led by Apollo historian Billy “Mr. Apollo” Mitchell, connect the past, present, and future through storytelling, photographs, and videos from The Apollo’s Archives.
Amateur Night
Introduced in 1934, Amateur Night at The Apollo is known as one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences. The classic talent competition attracts performers from around the world and has launched the careers of countless legendary artists, from Ella Fitzgerald to Lauryn Hill, H.E.R, D’Angelo, Jazmine Sullivan, and Machine Gun Kelly. Join the notoriously “tough” audience in an interactive evening unlike any other, and lend your voice to decide who will “be good or be gone” to win the triumphant grand prize of up to $20,000.
Music & Comedy
Apollo Music & Comedy continues a legacy of delighting audiences through laughter and sound. In addition to legendary concerts on The Apollo’s iconic stage, Apollo Music Café has served as a launching pad for artists to showcase their unique talent in an intimate nightclub setting. Apollo Comedy Club serves as a late-night hotspot featuring the best emerging talent in comedy today, while celebrating The Apollo’s deep comedic roots.
Arts & ideas
The Apollo is committed to articulating and projecting the Black and African Diasporic narrative. Through Arts & Ideas programming, The Apollo produces festivals, conversations, and panel discussions from a diverse array of art, culture, and educational themes to cultivate information sharing, provide career development opportunities, and address issues of concern to the community.
Film
Apollo Film shines a light on films, filmmakers, and curators whose work examines narratives of the African Diaspora through screenings, discussions, and special partnerships.
Theater and Dance
Theater & Dance at The Apollo focuses on presenting unique productions that support dynamic movement, imaginative storytelling, and examine Black narratives.
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Aug 21
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Aug 21
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Aug 21
Amateur Night at The Apollo: Season Opener
Apollo's Historic Theater
Amateur Night at The Apollo: Season Opener

A new season of Apollo’s signature series returns! Known as one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, Amateur Night at The Apollo attracts performers and audiences from around the world in a classic talent competition that has launched the careers of countless legendary artists, from Ella Fitzgerald, Luther Vandross, Lauryn Hill, H.E.R, Machine Gun Kelly, Jazmine Sullivan and more. 

 

Join the fun with the weekly classic competition that sheds light on the careers of a whole new roster of stars. Be a part of the notoriously “tough” audience in an interactive evening unlike any other and lend your voice to decide who will “Be Good or Be Gone!” to win the triumphant grand prize. 

Amateur Night at The Apollo sponsored by Coca-Cola,  is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess and Set It Off Man Greginald Spencer. Keep a lookout for C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage!

Aug 28
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Aug 28
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Aug 28
Amateur Night at The Apollo
Apollo Historic Theater
Amateur Night at The Apollo

Known as one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, Amateur Night at The Apollo attracts performers and audiences from around the world in a classic talent competition that has launched the careers of countless legendary artists, from Ella Fitzgerald, Luther Vandross, Lauryn Hill, H.E.R, Machine Gun Kelly, Jazmine Sullivan and more. 

 

Join the fun with the weekly classic competition that sheds light on the careers of a whole new roster of stars. Be a part of the notoriously “tough” audience in an interactive evening unlike any other and lend your voice to decide who will “Be Good or Be Gone!” to win the triumphant grand prize. 

Amateur Night at The Apollo sponsored by Coca-Cola,  is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess and Set It Off Man Greginald Spencer. Keep a lookout for C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage!

Aug 30
Aug 30 - Sep 1
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Aug 31
Machel Montano
Apollo's Historic Theater
Machel Montano

This Labor Day Weekend, The King of Soca, Machel Montano brings Carnival to Harlem! Bring your friends, family, and loved ones for the ultimate celebration of music, culture, and community.

From his chart-topping hits to his infectious energy, Machel Montano knows how to throw a party like no other. Join The Apollo for the hottest celebration of music, culture, and community with those you love this Labor Day weekend.

Sep 2
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Sep 2
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Sep 2
Calypso Uptown!
Apollo Historic Theater
Calypso Uptown!

Machel Montano's residency concludes in a star-studded celebration of Calypso. Featuring Lord Nelson, Rikki Jai, Mical Teja, Gypsy, Lyrikal, Farmer Nappy, Kurt Allen, Myron B, host Majah Hype and more to be announced, don't miss this infectious historic Carnival celebration on an iconic stage. Gather your friends, family, and loved ones for the ultimate celebration of music, culture, and community in the intimate setting of the world-famous Apollo Theater.

Sep 4
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Sep 4
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Sep 4
Amateur Night at The Apollo
Apollo Historic Theater
Amateur Night at The Apollo

Known as one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, Amateur Night at The Apollo attracts performers and audiences from around the world in a classic talent competition that has launched the careers of countless legendary artists, from Ella Fitzgerald, Luther Vandross, Lauryn Hill, H.E.R, Machine Gun Kelly, Jazmine Sullivan and more. 

 

Join the fun with the weekly classic competition that sheds light on the careers of a whole new roster of stars. Be a part of the notoriously “tough” audience in an interactive evening unlike any other and lend your voice to decide who will “Be Good or Be Gone!” to win the triumphant grand prize. 

Amateur Night at The Apollo sponsored by Coca-Cola,  is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess and Set It Off Man Greginald Spencer. Keep a lookout for C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage!

Sep 11
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Sep 11
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Sep 11
Amateur Night at The Apollo: Quarter Final
Apollo Historic Theater
Amateur Night at The Apollo: Quarter Final

Known as one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, Amateur Night at The Apollo attracts performers and audiences from around the world in a classic talent competition that has launched the careers of countless legendary artists, from Ella Fitzgerald, Luther Vandross, Lauryn Hill, H.E.R, Machine Gun Kelly, Jazmine Sullivan and more. 

 

Join the fun with the weekly classic competition that sheds light on the careers of a whole new roster of stars. Be a part of the notoriously “tough” audience in an interactive evening unlike any other and lend your voice to decide who will “Be Good or Be Gone!” to win the triumphant grand prize. 

Amateur Night at The Apollo sponsored by Coca-Cola,  is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess and Set It Off Man Greginald Spencer. Keep a lookout for C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage!

Artistic StatementS

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Kamilah Forbes
Kamilah Forbes
Executive Producer, The Apollo
2022

THE NEXT MOVEMENT

Dear Apollo Family,

Over the past several years, our lives have changed in many ways. Faced with a range of challenges, we forged new paths, tried new things, and found new ways to move forward. I am proud to be part of a historic institution that has always met the challenge of advancing our culture forward. The Apollo has built a dynamic platform for the elevation of Black voices and creativity through inspired innovation and a commitment to artistic excellence—forging a powerful legacy of forward movement. This fall we celebrate that ongoing tradition and look to the future with a season titled The Next Movement.  

The Next Movement’s vibrant programming is led by trailblazing Black artists and thought leaders. Camille A. Brown and Dancers continue our commitment to dance culture with ink, part of Brown’s canon-building movement trilogy celebrating self-empowerment and resilience—now presented in full for the first time, in partnership with the Joyce Theater and featuring Brown’s final performances as a dancer in this repertory.

Tomorrow, we launch our Arts & Ideas series, its mission is providing resonant access to groundbreaking thinkers and cultural figures. The series kicks off with fashion industry icon Edward Enninful, who, in advance of his coming memoir A Visible Man, discusses his unprecedented career path and role as a champion of inclusivity with renowned Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o.  Later in the season, and in recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, multi-platinum artist, philanthropist, and South Bronx native Fat Joe will share intimate stories from his new memoir, The Book of Jose.

Moving forward in our mission to amplify Africa’s rich influence on worldwide contemporary culture, next month Malian musician Oumou Sangaré, in partnership with World Music Institute, makes her Apollo debut—and a rare U.S. appearance—in a one-night-only performance.

Nothing speaks more meaningfully to forward movement than broadening the experiences of young people. Our School Day Live program this fall looks at the origins and history of the blues, with a live orchestra, and following a two-year hiatus, our teaching artists return to meet NYC students in their schools.  Because learning is a lifelong process, we invite educators and the public to workshops led by Camille A. Brown & Dancers, and as part of the Apollo’s Live Wire series, we’ll take a deep dive into Hip Hop Style with local choreographers and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

We invite you to discover or revisit Apollo favorites including Amateur Night at the Apollo, the incubator of major talent and one of America’s longest-running events; the Kwanzaa:Regeneration Celebration featuring Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre; the Apollo Music Café; Comedy Club; and community events for all ages.

Our three-year Master Artist in Residence program, inaugurated with Ta-Nehisi Coates and now in its second iteration, supports the creation of new artistic and civic works moving us all towards a diverse 21st century American performing arts canon. The program continues with current resident, Grammy and Emmy-nominated musician/producer Kamasi Washington.

Speaking of next movement, The Apollo will soon expand, welcoming audiences to an exciting new space just down the street. The Apollo’s Victoria, a renovated former movie and vaudeville house, will house two new black-box theaters for a range of Apollo programs, add administrative offices, and offer subsidized rental opportunities for community and non-profit arts organizations. Like all New Yorkers, we couldn’t be happier to have more space!

The Apollo is always in motion, offering illuminating and joyful experiences that center and amplify Black voices. We invite you to experience The Next Movement and join us on our amazing journey forward!

Kamilah Forbes
Executive Producer

2021

THE RENAISSANCE IS NOW

We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves.”  The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain, Langston Hughes

I believe that history is cyclical.  Like the Harlem Renaissance – which emerged out of the darkness of an authoritarian leadership regime, a major migration that dramatically impacted the demographics of who we are as America, and a global health pandemic – this moment in time again stands as a turning point for a new revival of artistic, creative, and innovative expression that has been inspired by the truths exposed in the wake of our current pandemics.

For the past few months, I have been inspired and motivated by the work and words of critically acclaimed dramaturg, director, historian and Apollo New Works artist Talvin Wilks, who shared:

Does a movement exist if there is no one to write about it, to document it, to claim it? The genius of Alain Locke and W.E.B. Du Bois and the impact of Crisis Magazine and Opportunity curated one of the greatest foundations of beauty, art, and propaganda. Let us remind ourselves that the anti-Black machinery in this nation was profound – restrictions on voting to the defense of lynchings – all happening at the same time as the Harlem Renaissance. It is against this backdrop that the Harlem Renaissance rises and flourishes, forged by the firebrand of Marcus Garvey, infused by the spirituality of Father Divine, instigated by the marching syncopation of Major James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters Band (369th Infantry Regiment), the beat of the Tom Tom, the Blues of Bessie Smith, Swing at the Savoy, The Duke at the Cotton Club, and the voices of Ida B. Wells and the anti-lynching movement. 

What we learn from the Harlem Renaissance is that revolution has to be curated, it doesn’t just happen. It is conjured, believed, doubted, debated. It is established and elusive. As we mark nearly 100 years since the start of this historic era, we know that without it the very foundation upon which we stand would be sinking sand. The Harlem Renaissance serves as a significant moment of collective witnessing, collective contemplation, and collective action holding firm the tradition of celebrating Blackness. It is an essential anchorage, an essential movement in a long lineage of many movements, setting the stage for the Black Arts Movement, the Hip Hop Movement, and the Afrofuturistic movement. We hold this era in the highest esteem, in all of its contradictions and triumphs.

Thank you, Talvin, for those deep and powerful words and connections that I hope resonate with you as much as they resonated with me.

And so, it is at this intersection of artistry and activism that The Apollo responds with a season of signature programs, audience favorites, and a preview of the first of a series of commissioned projects and new works by artists who are pushing the boundaries of their artforms while expanding the cannon of African American works.  We embrace the notion of our duty as artists, to lead, to reflect, and to respond. As much as this is a motion of growth and resurgence, it is also a moment of healing and reflection.  After 19 months of physical and emotional isolation, it is artists who will lead the way – a path to begin to feel again with the fullness of our unspoken humanity.

As we continue to welcome you back to the theater or engage with us digitally, we believe we are entering a new renaissance – an era that will propel the next century with extraordinary breath of cultural creativity. That is why we are thrilled to launch our fall season, “The Renaissance is Now,” which serves as a reminder that The Apollo has long been a hub of Black creativity, expression, and artistry and continues to be a trailblazer as we reimagine our future in pushing the culture forward and beyond.

– Kamilah Forbes

2020

If the past twelve months have shown us anything, it is the importance of making the most of the present, making our voices heard, and leaving a legacy that we as individuals and a as community can be proud of. It is in this vein that I introduce The Apollo’s all digital Spring season line up of film, festivals, music, comedy, and more.

Our work this season is centered around what it means to be Black and alive. In a society where we’ve been forced to affirm our humanity through rallying cries like Black Lives Matter, we celebrate the joy and historical legacy of The Apollo, while marking our presence in the social and cultural commentary of today’s society. We’re shifting the narrative from reverence to relevance. We honor the ritual and tradition of the past as we chart a path forward with our incredible roster of artists and audiences into the unknown. The works presented this season not only ask questions, but answer questions about who we are and want to be as Black people in America.

The performing arts are critical to our connection to one another and extending our work into the digital space offers an invitation to connect a global audience across time and space. Whether it be through our WOW – Women of the World Festival Festival, featuring brilliant women across the world, or giving us a glimpse back in time as we celebrate hip hop culture of the 80s and 90s with 30 years of House Party. We also continue to amplify and highlight the brightest among us through our Apollo Late Nights, Apollo Film series and Apollo Theater education programs. No matter where you are in the world, we welcome you to experience the magic of The Apollo.

Even virtually, the theater has unwaveringly remained a home and landing place for Black culture, innovation and truth telling. This moment is no different. Through all of the works this season and beyond, we seek to explore the myriad of individual identities that make up Black culture and how these identities come together to create a collective. Through each event we present, we acknowledge where we’ve been—and continue to— chart a path for where we plan to go. It is our goal to serve as a beacon of Black creativity and excellence.

It is from this space that artists, audiences, young people and our global communities will see themselves powerfully reflected in the works we present on our Digital Stage and know that……we are here… we are important…. we are a force… and we are the shape of things to come.

I look forward to continuing the journey with you and seeing you on the Apollo Digital Stage!

– Kamilah Forbes

Dec. 2023
The Apollo Stages at The Victoria
The Apollo Stages at The Victoria, located just a few steps away from the Historic Theater, are now open and mark the institution’s first expansion in its 90-year history. The inaugural season will include a series of new, original programs and allow The Apollo to expand its scope of artistic, educational, and community programs. Located on the third and fourth floors of the Victoria Theater Redevelopment Project, it includes: 
•  A 99-seat and a 199-seat black box theater, providing space to incubate, collaborate, and workshop new performances. 
•  Subsidy programs for small and mid-sized, NYC-based cultural organizations to utilize and benefit from professional-level technical equipment and theater rehearsal and performance spaces. 
•  Administrative offices for The Apollo staff.
Apollo New Works
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The Apollo New Works initiative expands upon The Apollo’s mission to support the creation of new work by Black artists. Emerging and established multidisciplinary artists are commissioned and provided space, time, and resources to create, develop, and present work across The Apollo stages — including The Apollo Stages at The Victoria, which 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.
Billy Childs
Kindred: An Operative adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Kindred
Grammy Award-winning composer, jazz pianist, arranger and conductor Billy Childs will adapt Octavia Butler’s best selling novel  Kindred into an opera. The musical score will be rooted in the historical traditions of opera, while at the same time be representative of Black American Music.
Francisca Da Silveira
barefoot in mindelo
barefoot in mindelo, a play with music about the life and music of Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Évora who is described as “the voice that lifted Cape Verde’s little-known blues, morna, beyond the island and into the international world of music.”
Kevin R. Free
A Hill On Which To Drown  – a one man show with Andre De Shields
The theatrical work A Hill On Which To Drown is a geriatric coming-of-age story on the importance of legacy and inheritance told from the perspective of a 94-year-old queer Black man who recounts his life story backwards, decade by decade. The play can be seen as a complement or companion piece to the August Wilson American Century Cycle, continuing to bear witness to significant events in African-American History.
Alex Harsley and The 4th Street Photo Gallery
From The Victoria to The Village: A Visual History of Black Creative Spaces
From The Victoria to The Village: A Visual History of Black Creative Spaces in NYC will offer a visual history of Black creative spaces in NYC starting with The 4th Street Photo Gallery’s Alex Harsley’s rare colored photographs of The Jewel Box Review at The Apollo in the 1950s, then moving downtown, and everywhere in between. The exhibition will showcase Black art collectives, individual artists at work in their studios, and the camaraderie of Black artists. Dawoud Bey, Harsley’s mentee who began his career in Alex’s The 4th Street Photo Gallery, is an advisor on this project.
Aku Kadogo
Salt City: A Techno Choreopoem 
Grammy Award-winning composer, jazz pianist, arranger and conductor Billy Childs will adapt Octavia Butler’s best selling novel  Kindred into an opera. The musical score will be rooted in the historical traditions of opera, while at the same time be representative of Black American Music.
Jessica Care Moore
Salt City: A Techno Choreopoem 
Grammy Award-winning composer, jazz pianist, arranger and conductor Billy Childs will adapt Octavia Butler’s best selling novel  Kindred into an opera. The musical score will be rooted in the historical traditions of opera, while at the same time be representative of Black American Music.
Jonathan Payne
LINTON: A History Playlaylay
Following the main protagonist, Jeffrey, and spanning the Great Depression of the 1930s and Reconstruction after the Civil War to contemporary New York during the Great Recession, LINTON, tells an epic story of Black American life, ambition, and tragedy. Inspired by Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and the Slave Narratives gathered by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930’s.
Martha Redbone
Guardian Spirit- ode to bell hooks
Singer/songwriter/composer Martha Redbone draws from her  Appalachian culture and heritage to create music and songs inspired by the poems prose and essays of writer and activist bell hooks
Nathan Yungerberg
THEA
THEA is an Afrosurreal theatrical experience with music that celebrates the life of Sr. Thea Bowman. Thea, the granddaughter of enslaved Africans, was the only African American member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, and she transcended racism to leave a lasting mark on U.S. Catholic life in the late 20th century. In November 2018, U.S. Bishops endorsed the canonization of Sr. Thea Bowman who will be the only Black female canonized as a saint.
Kamasi Washington
Master Artist-in-Residence
The Apollo’s 2023 Master Artist-in-Residence Kamasi Washington will create a composition for a yet-to-be named ballet in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Lula Washington, Vision Theatre, and WACO Theater Center in Los Angeles.
Soul Science Lab
The Renaissance Mixtape
The Renaissance Mixtape is a mixed reality musical work that celebrates The Harlem Renaissance and its contemporary impact, while envisioning Black culture, history and art 100 years into the future. With a group of performers, lead artists Chen Lo and Asante Amin are Black artists who use music, verse, and extended reality to reflect on compelling aspects of the Harlem Renaissance that parallel their current experience, while speculating on the Renaissance to come. It premiered at The Apollo Stages at The Victoria in February 2024.
Bandaloop
Redemption Too, At Least Some
Redemption Too, At Least Some is a collaboration between vertical dance company, BANDALOOP, and composer/violist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). This collaboration explores the themes of home, urban belonging, race and privilege, drawing from Black and Haitian culture and musical influences, DBR’s contemporary classical voice will merge with BANDALOOP’s perspective-shifting choreography.
Violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain
Redemption Too, At Least Some
Redemption Too, At Least Some is a collaboration between vertical dance company, BANDALOOP, and composer/violist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). This collaboration explores the themes of home, urban belonging, race and privilege, drawing from Black and Haitian culture and musical influences, DBR’s contemporary classical voice will merge with BANDALOOP’s perspective-shifting choreography.
Talvin Wilks
Snakehips In Our DNA
Conceived and directed by Talvin Wilks, Snakehips In Our DNA is a choreographic video exploration in homage to tradition and lineage. Following the dancer Lil Buck’s mantra, “The DNA of Snakehips is embedded in contemporary street dance,” and utilizing stock footage, animation, collage and commissioned dance video, Director/Dramaturg Talvin Wilks developed a 15-minute, looping visual and audio experience through video installation and meditation that celebrates the Harlem Renaissance and its relevance today. It premiered at The Apollo Stages at The Victoria in April 2024.
Ebony Noelle Golden
In The Name Of The Mother Tree
Co-produced by National Black Theatre

A performance work for flexible spaces, farms, gardens, and waterbodies, In The Name Of The Mother Tree is a theatrical ceremony that combines music, dance, and poetry to tell the story of a community in the process of reclaiming earth-fortifying rituals after a major climate rupture.
Stefon Harris
Jazz Artist
Award winning jazz vibraphonist, thought leader, and developer Stefon Harris, will create an app that gives software the ability to improvise unpredictable harmony in tandem with artist-created melody and rhythm, resulting in a unique collaboration between software and human.
Master Artist-in-Residence Program
The Master Artist-in-Residence program reinforces The Apollo’s commitment to celebrating Black arts and culture and supporting emerging and established artists of color. The program is a testament to The Apollo’s mission to be a home for artists and creative exploration across disciplines.
The inaugural Master Artist Residency was supported by the Ford Foundation. The Master Artist Residency program is generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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About Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates is an author, journalist, screenwriter, executive producer, and professor. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, The Water Dancer, and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. In April 2018, Between The World And Me was adapted for the stage and premiered at the iconic Apollo Theater. In November 2020, it was adapted for film and aired on HBO, and for which Ta-Nehisi was an Executive Producer. His novel The Water Dancer will be turned into a film adaptation – with Ta-Nehisi writing the screenplay – and will be produced by Plan B Entertainment, Harpo Productions, and MGM Studios. He is also the current author of the Marvel comic Captain America. Ta-Nehisi is the recipient of a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship. He is currently in his fourth year as a distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
About Kamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington is a multi-instrumentalist and producer born and raised in Leimert Park, Los Angeles. Forming his first band, the Young Jazz Giants, with Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, Ronald Bruner, Jr. and Cameron Graves in high school, Washington went on to study ethnomusicology at UCLA and play with Snoop Dogg, Raphael Saadiq and more. His debut album, The Epic, was released in 2015 to rapturous critical reception, embraced as one of the best of the year and awarded the inaugural American Mu
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Education Programs

A School Tour at Apollo Theater

The Apollo offers engaging music, dance, and theater instruction while highlighting its rich history and ongoing significance to Harlem and Black culture. Programs are inquiry-based, interactive, and interdisciplinary, and Apollo School Programs connect to national, state, and local arts and academic standards.

Discover more about The Apollo’s workshops and residencies, School Tours, School Day Live performances, distance learning options, and partnerships and special projects.

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Apollo School Apprentices

The Apollo Theater Academy provides opportunities for young adults in the performing arts and entertainment fields through workshops, internships, apprenticeships, and events.

  • The Arts Administration Internship explores the impact of arts administration on live and recorded productions at The Apollo, where students develop a concept for the signature summer event, Teen Takeover.
  • The Technical Stage Production Internship assigns students to work with members of The Apollo’s production crew, where they gain experience applying technical elements of theater such as lighting design, videography, audio engineering, carpentry, and production design to live and recorded stage productions.
  • The Apprenticeship program provides college students and recent graduates with training and mentorship as they work with Apollo staff to design, implement, and produce their own projects and/or events.
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With Professional Learning workshops, Apollo Education energizes, inspires, and provides K-12 educators with resources and hands-on activities to connect the arts to classroom curricula, all while meeting educational and arts standards.

Professional Learning workshops are available to educators from all grade levels and disciplines. Workshops are intended to benefit both educators and their students and to provide educators with methods and strategies for teaching and learning through the arts and across disciplines. The Apollo is a NYS-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credits.

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Apollo Stories is an interactive digital learning hub for high school educators who want to spark critical thinking in the minds of their students. It provides lesson plans, resources, and activities that explore justice, culture, and identity. The inaugural lessons are built around The Apollo’s world premiere stage adaptation of Ta Nehisi-Coates' Between the World and Me.Geared towards activating and amplifying the voices of high school-aged students, the program gives young people a framework to understand and navigate issues of contemporary America and reflects The Apollo’s commitment to utilizing the arts and humanities to foster conversation centered on the Black experience.

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Apollo School Tours highlight the legendary history and performers of The Apollo, and the impact on music and performing arts development. All tours are thematic, inquiry-based, interactive, and use multimedia. They also connect to national, state, and local arts and academic standards. Bring your students to experience the legacy and learn the history of The Apollo!

For questions, please email The Apollo at school.programs@apollotheater.org.

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