Harlem Stage is Harlem’s principal performing arts center. Its two venues, the Gatehouse and the three-theater complex Aaron Davis Hall, serve ethnically diverse audiences with performances that are multicultural in focus, including classical, jazz and Latin music, dance, theater, literary readings and performance art.
Some 35 companies, including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Opera Ebony and the Boys Choir of Harlem, have made the hall their home. Performance series include New Faces/New Voices/New Visions, showcasing novel trends in the performing arts; the Jazz Institute of Harlem, celebrating that famous neighborhood’s many decades of cultural and musical innovation; and the Harlem Film Festival, which screens the work of filmmakers of African descent.
Harlem Stage, completed in 1979, was designed by Abraham W. Geller. A mid-1990s renovation has made it the most technologically advanced performance facility north of Lincoln Center. The adjacent City College campus, with its towering cathedral and neo-Renaissance courtyard, is also of architectural interest.
Many of the performances on Harlem Stage’s regular schedule are appropriate for children and families. Harlem Stage recently launched its Family Series of specially designed workshops. Ongoing series include our novel Uptown Nights which presents music in a vibrat youthful night filled with dance and audience interaction. Harlem Stride focuses on Harlem and its role in the history of jazz and Latin music; and Harlem Stage on Screen, which provides a venue for African-American and Latino independent filmmakers. Harlem Stage also presents E-Moves anually which showcases E-merging, E-volving and established choreographers.
Educational programs at Harlem Stage enrich students’ understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritage in this most multicultural of cities.
The International Series for young people presents weekday performances of music, theater, dance, storytelling and literary programs to young people from the city’s public schools. International Series presentations are supported by our mainstage programs through complimentary visual arts exhibits and performances. In addition, study guides help to put each performances in a cultural and historical context through pre-and post-performance activities, resources for further study and curriculum connections.
Meet the Artists provides more intimate contact with artists in a performance/workshop setting.
Harlem Stage in the Schools reaches beyond the performance experience by supporting schools in their curriculum through the New York City Department of Education Blueprint for the Arts. The ADH in the Schools program combines attendance, classroom visits by teaching artists and professional development for teachers. Under this program, ADH also facilitates independent program liaisons between individual artists and schools. Some bilingual and ASL-interpreted programs offered.