André Robinson has an extensive background as an actor, producer,
director, executive producer, community activist, consultant, promoter,project manager and technical consultant on feature films, television and variety shows, Broadway and regional theatre plays and musicals, documentaries, concerts, conferences and other special events. He currently serves as a creative executive and producer for Belafonte Enterprises and executive producer of Carbon-Fibre Media, a graphic storytelling and new media production company. He produced and directed the reality series, The Good fellas of Baltimore; was associate producer of Friday (New Line Cinema); “Love and Action in Chicago” (HBO), technical director for Sony Music and executive director of the Black Filmmaker Foundation. Andre was also general manager of the art gallery and performance space, Linen Life Park Avenue and the production company, Favor International (Megafest); executive producer for Crossroads Theatre Company (It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues) and artistic director of The New
Heritage Theatre in Harlem (Striver’s Row, Asinamali, Jonin’). He produced the Harlem Week Festival, the McDonald’s Gospelfest, the Rhythm and Blues Awards and many other live events and TV specials. Andre has produced and/or directed dozens of plays and musicals and and continues to serve on
several cultural organization and educational boards. He continues to
consult for arts, community and cultural organizations around over the country.
VOZA RIVERS/NEW HERITAGE THEATRE GROUP (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)is the oldest Black nonprofit theater company in New York City, originally established in 1964 by the late Roger Furman, a revered playwright, director, actor and lecturer who began his career in the 1940’s with the American Negro Theatre in Harlem. It was created to present entertaining, informative and quality productions and to preserve and institutionalize classic works of Black Theater. In 1983, Voza Rivers, an award winning music and theatre producer took over the company. Today, New Heritage Theatre Group serves the community through presentations of entertaining, informative and quality productions of performing arts events, stage readings, and documentary shorts and films. Through its umbrella organizations Impact Repertory Theatre, Furman Theatre Rep and New Heritage Films we reach out to the New York City and world community, giving training, exposure and experience to new and emerging artists. Our works reflect the historical, social, and political experiences of African and Latino descendants in America and abroad. We seek to bring attention to works by international writers, directors and performing artists who have achieved success in their respective country but lack exposure in the United States.
DEBRA ANN BYRD/TAKE WING AND SOAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. (Producer) founded in 1999 by classically trained actress Debra Ann Byrd, is a women-led, New York State, 501c 3 Professional Theatre Arts Corporation, dedicated to supporting women, youth and especially classically trained actors of color. In its brief history, TWAS has enjoyed many successes and is the 2009-2010 recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award, presented in recognition of the theatre’s body of work in the community, audience development in Harlem – and in celebration of the International Exchange Program between TWAS and London’s Hackney Empire Theatre. Other honors include five AUDELCO Awards and 24 AUDELCO Award nominations for its mainstage productions of Richard III, The Darker Face of the Earth, Hamlet, Medea, King Lear, Pecong and Anthony and Cleopatra. Lorey Hayes’ Massinissa and the Tragedy of the House of Thunder was Take Wing and Soar’s 31st production and tenth main stage project, produced in conjunction with Mr. Voza Rivers’ New Heritage Theatre Group. For more information about Take Wing and Soar check out www.takewingandsoar.org.