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Multi-hyphenate Artist Ethan Hawke Joins The Classical Theatre of Harlem as Trustee

By Tammy Reese

The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) is proud to welcome Ethan Hawke to its board of directors. Hawke is a four-time Academy Award®-nominated actor, screenwriter, director, producer, and best-selling novelist. A Tony Award-nominated stage actor, Hawke starred in the Broadway revival of Sam Shepard’s True West; Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia; Macbeth; Henry IV; and The Seagull. He has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award as both actor and director. Hawke joins the CTH board on the heels of the professional theater company’s first $1 million gift from the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation. The company recently celebrated 20 years of providing theatrical productions and theatre-based educational and literary programs at little or no cost to underserved communities in Harlem and beyond. By leading with diversity, equity, and inclusion as its core values, CTH attracts one of the most racially, generationally, and socio-economically diverse theatre audiences in New York City. CTH engages with Harlem residents, businesses, schools, and community-based organizations, to directly benefit over 20,000 people each year. "I am honored to join the board of The Classical Theatre of Harlem,” said Hawke. “I hope to bring more visibility to what I think is one of the best kept secrets around because the work they do in Harlem is what makes New York City great. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves in support of this great company."



"The Classical Theatre of Harlem is proud to welcome Mr. Hawke to Board leadership," said Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director of CTH. "His definitive film performances and passion for the great works of theatre have long inspired people from all walks of life. Having him as an ambassador for CTH along with Andre Braugher will further strengthen the company in matters of art, commerce and community. I look forward to accomplishing wonderful things together." Hawke joins at a critical time for CTH, as the organization seeks to scale its impact in the arts, in Harlem, and throughout New York City by working closely with the board of directors on the following large-scale priorities:

  • The Harlem Classical Arts Complex: CTH plans to build a first-of-its-kind, live performing arts complex in Central Harlem to secure the homes of The Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Halrem Chamber Players, and The Harlem Opera theater for Harlem’s community of audiences, students, artists, and visitors.

  • Programming: CTH seeks to strengthen and expand its diverse programming: Onstage performances; Education programs; Future Classics, promoting new plays by underrepresented and emerging playwrights of color; and Corporate program, using performances to drive critical conversations in the workplace.

  • Animated Classics “Monte Cristo”: CTH will launch a series of animated feature films reimagining classic plays for today’s youth produced in partnership with the Academy Award-winning animation company, Lion’s Forge (Hair Love).

“I look forward to welcoming Mr. Hawke to the board and working closely with him and all our Trustees to further support CTH, leverage the impact it has made in Harlem and beyond, and sustain and increase the quality programming that CTH has become known for.” says Patrick Bradford, CTH board chair. “I am thrilled that Mr. Hawke recognizes the power of CTH and is committed to being a part of its legacy.” Upcoming Events | Listing Information Langston in Harlem Thursday, May 4, 2023, 7 PM (doors open 5:30 PM) 54 Below, 254 W 54th St. Tickets start at $51 A powerful, poetic, jazz-gospel-salsa-ragtime-blues evening featuring the songs of Langston in Harlem, an unforgettable celebration of the iconic poet Langston Hughes set to the music of Walter Marks, evoking the emergence of black culture during the Harlem Renaissance. Produced by the Classical Theater of Harlem and directed by Jerry Dixon, the show will feature the award-winning actor, singer and theatrical producer, Brandon Victor Dixon, known for his Tony Award-nominated performances in The Color Purple and Shuffle Along. Hold 'Em In Harlem Saturday, May 8, 2023, 6 PM Alhambra Ballroom, 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd. Tickets start at $100 Harlem’s signature benefit poker tournament supporting CTH, that will take place at the historic Alhambra Ballroom featuring special guests, an open bar, games and a raffle. About Classical Theatre of Harlem The Classical Theatre of Harlem creates theatre that entertains diverse audiences who desire to be highly engaged emotionally and highly satisfied intellectually by productions anchored in the context of the African Diaspora. Our mission is to maintain a professional theatre company dedicated to returning the classics to the stages of Harlem; to create employment and educational outreach opportunities in the theatre arts; to create and nurture a new, young, and culturally diverse audience for the classics; and to heighten the awareness of theatre and of great art in Harlem. For more information, go to

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Tammy Reese began her career as a theater actress performing in 60 live stage shows a year with The Media Unit TV and Stage Production Company. She also directed the weekly live TV show Rough Times Live.

Eventually, she went to Empire State College to obtain her degree in media studies. After graduation, she did more theater and wrote and produced her own videos to spread awareness on social issues through the arts.

Tammy is an award-winning journalist and is best known for her legendary interviews with Sigourney Weaver, Meagan Good, Jennifer Connelly, Laurence Fishburne, Mona Scott- Young, Geena Davis, Essie Davis, Vivica A. Fox, Omar Epps, Joseph Sikora, Nelly, Ryan Coogler, Carmen Electra, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Giancarlo Esposito, Dedee Pfeiffer, Leon, Patina Miller, La La Anthony, Neyo, Britt Lower, Michael James Shaw, Aleks Paunovic, Courtney Kemp, Janet Hubert, Tom Arnold, Michole Briana White, Matt Cedeño, Raven Goodwin, Amber Riley, Ross Marquand, Merritt Wever and many more.

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