Founded in 2007, The Movement Theatre Company [TMTC] is dedicated to developing new works by artists of color and producing work that highlights both the collective and diverse human experience. Our company is currently under the leadership of David Mendizábal – Artistic Director, Eric Lockley – Executive Director, Deadria Harrington – Administrative Director, Jonathan McCrory – Marketing Director, Christiamilda Correa – Communications Director, and comprised of 38 members who value artistic excellence.
In our first year, we promoted new voices and nurtured artists with the development and presentation of three new short plays including Daren Taylor’s JACK and Eric Lockley’s solo show Last Laugh. In 2008 TMTC launched its first official season. Three new development programs were created – the Elevator Reading Series, designed to support emerging playwrights through readings, the Ladder Series which focuses on the development of devised theatre and GO GREEN, where we dedicate our attention to developing theatre that incorporates and addresses eco-friendly practices. These programs remain integral to our mission.
In our 2009-2010 season, TMTC rose to new heights, showcasing two highly successful devised pieces through our Ladder Series: Traces of Eruption and Hope Speaks, and presenting our first full-scale production, Bintou. Hope Speaks conceived and directed by Jonathan McCrory examined the historic election of Barrack Obama and continues to serve as one of TMTC’s touring shows. Additionally over 35 multidisciplinary artists came together at our Elevator Reading Series Festival: Impact of Change and we presented eco-friendly theatre at a NYC park with GO GREEN: Elements. In June 2010 our first Mainstage production Bintou was presented at the historic Harlem School of the Arts. Bintou, directed by Artistic Director, David Mendizábal received unprecedented critical and community praise. It was the North American Premiere of the play written by Koffi Kwahule and translated by TMTC company member Chantal Biloudeau. Understanding the importance of community dialogue, we created conversation through theater with two community talk backs where a professional panel and audience members discussed challenging issues within the play. Additionally, Bintou received a review in the New York Times and three AUDELCO nominations.
During our 2010-2011 Season we presented three new Ladder Series pieces, began touring and continued our commitment to eco-friendly theater. Our Ladder Series included a workshop production of Antoinette Nwandu’s Black Boy & The War and a reading of GLAAD Award winner, Harrison David River’s look upon our lowliness conceived and directed by David Mendizábal. Along with this work, we reached audiences in Maryland, DC, Connecticut and North Carolina with touring pieces: Hope Speaks and Go Green. We also participated in a Benefit for Japan where Jesca Prudencio directed Kristine Haruna Lee in The Fisherman’s Dream. Our season closed with Go Green: Paper Free Plays in a Day where we presented 5 short plays written, rehearsed and performed without paper in less than 24 hours. The plays, performed outside at an NYC park, brought together a collection of multicultural artists to approach the important issue of how to save our environment.