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Jonathan McCrory

Jonathan McCrory is an Obie Award-winning, Harlem-based artist who has served as Artistic Director at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre since 2012. He has directed numerous professional productions and concerts which include: How the Light Gets In (NYMF), Klook and Iron John (NAMT), Dead and Breathing, HandsUp, Hope Speaks, Blacken The Bubble, Asking for More, Last Laugh and Enter Your Sleep. He has worked at ETW at TISCH NYU with Emergence: A Communion and evoking him: Baldwin and at Suny Purchase directing Exit Strategy, & A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes.In 2013, he was awarded the Emerging Producer Award by the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina, and the Torch Bearer Award by theatrical legend Woodie King Jr. He is a founding member of the collaborative producing organizations Harlem9, Black Theatre Commons, The Jubilee, Next Generation National Network and The Movement Theatre Company. McCrory sits on the National Advisory Committee for Howlround.com and was a member of the original cohort for ArtEquity. A Washington, DC native, McCrory attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and New York University’s TISCH School of the Arts. To learn more, please visit www.jonathanmccrory.com.

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The Ambassadors Defining Culture
Essay

The Ambassadors Defining Culture

10 March 2020

Jonathan McCrory talks about the JUBILEE’s initiative of spotlighting “cultural architects”—theatre organizations that have been producing work of historically marginalized voices for years, before it was a “trendy” thing to do.

Friday Phone Call # 68
Podcast

Friday Phone Call # 68

Catalyst gathering at the National Black Theatre

1 August 2014

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week, David talks with three people involved in the Catalyst gathering at the National Black Theatre: Jonathan McCrory, Sade Lithcott, and Deadria Harrington.

The Roster
Essay

The Roster

Black theatres in America

16 March 2013

A list of black theatres in the United States, complied by Michael Dinwiddie, Jonathan McCrory, Beth Turner, Lawrence Evans, and the New England Entertainment Digest.

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Interview with Ron Simons
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Interview with Ron Simons

13 March 2013

A group of independent producers meet with Broadway producer Ron Simons. Simons discusses the need to invest in black theatre on Broadway.

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Who Is Occupying Harlem
Essay

Who Is Occupying Harlem

25 June 2012

Jonathan McCrory introduces the Harlem Week series with a preview of the history and organizations that make uptown Manhattan what it is.

This is America
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This is America

A collection of works that help to explore the beauty, dysfunction and opportunity housed in this creative form called Theatre. America has an opportunity to be, support, and change into this.

State of Black Theatre
Series

State of Black Theatre

This series explores the current state of Black theatre and its role in the American theatre landscape.