THE MOVEMENT THEATRE COMPANY, founded in 2007, creates an artistic social movement by developing and producing herculean new work by artists of color. Under the leadership of David Mendizábal, Deadria Harrington, Eric Lockley, Taylor Reynolds and Ryan Dobrin, our work engages a multicultural audience in a rich theatrical dialogue, enlightens communities to important issues affecting our world, and empowers artists to celebrate the many sides of their unique voice. Through our work we refuel, affirm, and celebrate our resilience as people of color, embracing theater as a means of community building. The Movement has produced four New York/World Premiere productions, received critical acclaim from The New York Times, an Obie Award, a Drama Desk nomination, 5 AUDELCO Award nominations, and the Game Changer Award by The Common Good. We’ve been an artistic home and launching pad to artists including Whitney White, Aleshea Harris, Sinan Zafar, Jonathan McCrory, Dede Ayite, Harrison David Rivers, Qween Jean, Cha See, David Mendizábal and Antoinette Nwandu. Learn more
MEET THE LEAD ARTISTS
COLETTE ROBERT [PLAYWRIGHT-DIRECTOR] is a Los Angeles native currently based in New York. Recent directing credits include: EGRESS (SLAC); SOLO PLAYS (Williamstown Theatre Festival); STEW (Page 73, Drama Desk and Drama League nominee, Pulitzer Finalist); and BEHIND THE SHEET (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYT Critic’s Pick). Colette is a member of EST, was a co-facilitator of the New Georges Jam, and was The Drama League’s 2018 Beatrice Terry Writer/Director in Residence. Alumnus of the Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Colette was previously an Audrey Resident at New Georges and a Van Lier Directing Fellow at The Public.
DIONNE MCCLAIN-FREENEY [COMPOSER-LYRICIST] is currently making a new piece with playwright Neena Beber and actor Jessica Hecht (OrchardProject). She is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel MusicalTheatre Workshop. Composer: The Movie Star & TheMammy (Joe’s Pub), The Sugar Hill Sisters (NYMF). Composer & Lyricist: The Harriet Holland Social Club PresentsThe 84th Annual Star-Burst Cotillion in The Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel, Going Home: A Movement of Voices (New York Philharmonic’s New World Initiative), ThisOne Girl’s Story (NYMF, Gayfest, GLAAD Media Award nominee). Music direction:The Fourth Wall (Off -Broadway), Bring The Beat Back, FORA The Musical (NYMF). She has appeared on numerous national and international stages, including headlining Joe’s Pub, and accompanied a variety of artists from Broadway, television, and the recording industry.
nicHi douglas [CHOREOGRAPHER] is a Brooklyn-based artist, educator, activist and 2021 Princess Grace Award winner. they have developed original theater at The Public, Roundabout, New Victory, Lincoln Center, and Berkeley Rep, among others. they have created interactive dance exhibits for the National Museum of African-American Music and the New York Hall of Science. nicHi’s reparations-focused mutual aid fund, nicHi’s SuSu, launched in 2020, raising over $17K for Black artists since. nicHi is adjunct faculty at NYU/Tisch Drama and guest lectures at Yale School of Drama. their experimental dance work (pray), co-composed by Starry Busby and JJJJJerome Ellis, will be produced by Ars Nova in the 22-23 season. stage credits: Girl From the North Country (Associate Choreographer), SKiNFoLK: An American Show (NYT Critic’s Pick, Choreographer). upcoming: WEIGHTLESS (WP Theater, Choreographer) | www.mynameisnichi.com
ALSO NOTE Primarily a director, Colette shepherds new plays at theaters all around the country. She began working on The Cotillion in 2015 as a New Georges Audrey Resident, originally thinking she might find a playwright to work with. Instead: she wrote the play herself. And now? She’s currently working on her third play, a murder mystery comedy!