NuAFrikan Theatre is an emerging theatre company dedicated to producing original, contemporary, and classic theatre in order to engage, educate and empower communities through the African American experience. We seek to further pioneer the artistic development and diversity of contemporary theatre, in addition to preserving the art of traditional theatre forms. Our goal is to draw new audiences to theatre, foster and develop aspiring new talent, and introduce appealing and stimulating theatre to underserved communities and nontraditional settings where it my otherwise be inaccessible.
NuAFrikan Theatre was founded in 2005 by Marcus Dargan and Cynthia Staton along with fellow graduates of the Borough of Manhattan Community College Theatre Program. NuAFrikan Theatre continues to mount professional productions in theaters, colleges, and nontraditional settings; hold free performance workshops and professional development training; and facilitate programming at community based organizations and colleges throughout New York City.
Marcus Dargan, Artistic Director, is a recipient of the Jacob A. Weiser Playwright Award for his play Dream Deferred, which was nominated for the AUDELCO 2012 Dramatic Production of the Year. He was last seen in the role created by Ken Page in Ain’t Misbehavin’ with the Harlem Repertory Theatre, a show garnering five AUDELCO Award nominations. He is the author of the play Antichrist Lament, which received workshop performances at the Manhattan Theatre Source PlayGround Development Series and Nuyorican Poet’s Café. He holds an A.S. in Theatre from Borough of Manhattan Community College and a B.A. in Theatre and a M.S. Ed in Educational Theatre from City College of New York. www.marcusdargan.com
Jajmi V. Robinson, Producing Director, is the former Associate Artistic Director/Resident Stage Manager of Harlem Repertory Theater, where she has stage managed several productions including Hair, Cabaret, Dreamgirls, The Wiz, Tambourines to Glory, UnrequitedLove (ActNow foundation), as well as the AUDELCO Award nominated Ain’t Misbehavin’. During Harlem Repertory Theatre’s 2005 season, Jajmi graced the stage as the Lady in Orange in For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide when the Rainbow was Enuff. She has worked with the PR department and on the Red Carpet for BET’s 2007 Awards Show. She was the Associate Producer of Obsidian Media Group’s production of ResurGENTs: The Reappearance of Hope and Producing Director of the AUDELCO nominated Dream Deferred.
NuAFrikan Theatre is a proud member of Harlem Arts Alliance.