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Loft Arts Productions


Grammy Award Winner




Will Calhoun, the widely acclaimed drummer from the Bronx, New York, graduated from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he received a Bachelors degree in Music Production and engineering. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Buddy Rich Jazz Masters Award for outstanding performance by a drummer.


January 23

2 pm     $15    buy tickets

DANCE PARTY AT THEATERLAB with food and drink!

To Celebrate


Italy’s most adventurous theatre company


Come meet the artists of MOTUS

with DJ Silvia Calderoni from MOTUS

(following their Public Theater/Under the Radar Festival performance)



Sunday, January 9

8 pm  –  no cover     more info                                   FB event

Naoki Iwakawa


Action Painting Performance Events


Episode 1  –  January 15  –  8 pm

Episode 2  –  January 22  –  8 pm


Naoki Iwakawa, action painting

Carlo Altomare, open piano and soundscape

Tasuo Nashide, video projection


$10    buy tickets     more info

Sunday Jazz at Theaterlab<br />
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Loft Arts Productions – The Tea Series
continues its fine Jazz presentations with

Joseph Daley’s Solo Tuba Explorations

MacDowell award winning artist Joseph Daley equipped with pedals, gadgets and electronic gear will premier the African Sonata and works by Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody and Eddie Harris for solo tuba!

Joseph Daley was born in New York City were he attended Music and Art High School and Manhattan School of Music. He is an outstanding musician, composer and educator. Mr. Daley has recorded and toured with the Liberation Music Orchestra (Charlie Haden), Gravity Tuba ensemble (Howard Johnson), Taj Mahal Tuba Band, Spider Monkey Strings (Taylor Ho Bynum), Untempered Ensemble (Bill Cole), Bill Dixon, Dave Douglas, Carla Bley, Sam Rivers, Ebony Brass Quintet and Hazmat Modine (Wade Schuman). In 2010 Mr. Daley released his first CD project under his leadership featuring large ensemble compositions written while he was a MacDowell fellow.

More about Joseph:

Sunday, February 27  –  2 PM


$15, ($10 Students and Seniors)


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Ground Up Productions presents

From the Ground UP
3rd Annual New Works Reading Series

Monday, Feb 7
By Jerry Sipp

Tuesday, Feb 15
By Holly Webber

Monday, Feb 21
516 (five sixteen)
By Katherine Clark Gray

Monday, Feb 28
Music By Kyle Ewalt
Lyrics By Michael Ian Walker
& Kyle Ewalt

$4 Suggested Donation at Door –  All shows at 8 PM


“With a crystalline delivery, great range and a fine command of nuance and inflection, Allen brings a mix of innocence, sultriness and pure-tuned vocal beauty.”

-Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz


As part of New York’s jazz community, Aimée has navigated traditional and modern jazz, infusing her craft with a personal and intimate style. In addition to selections from the great American songbook, Aimée sings some not-so-standards, pays homage to Brazilian bossa, frequently includes a French lyric, and also performs her own inspired originals. Hers is a voice nuanced and sparkling, with soul and sensuality.


Having spent some years living abroad, Aimée’s latest CD, l’Inexplicable, is the fruit her trans-continental experiences in music and her talents as a writer. The album is a collection of warm, soulful, originals blending African rhythms, Brazilian bossa, and classic American jazz. With one exception, all the selections on l’Inexplicable were written by Aimée and are sung in French. L’Inexplicable was released in 2008 in Japan on the independent label Vivid Sound and in Europe on the Schubert Music label.


Aimée’s debut release, Dream, in 2006, offered inspired interpretations of jazz standards, familiar bossa nova classics and one original composition. In keeping with her worldly experience, it included vocals in English, French, and Portuguese.


Aimée performs frequently in New York City and tours internationally to music festivals and other events and venues. Her singular voice has garnered the love of many of the city’s best musicians

Loft Arts Productions/The Tea Series


Aimee Allen

Sunday, March 20  –  2 PM

$15, ($10 Students and Seniors)


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nicole renaud




A multimedia performance


French singer and accordionist, Nicole Renaud, will perform songs from her new album “Couleurs”, a love story seen though colors. Nicole accompanies herself on her new one-of-a-kind luminous transparent accordion, the lincordian, designed by British artist-engineer Paul Etienne Lincoln.    more info


March 25 – 26

8 pm   –   $15       buy tickets

Loft Arts Productions/The Tea Series


Mimi Jones Band

Sunday, April 3  –  2 PM

$15, ($10 Students and Seniors)


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Mimi Jones, multi talented bassist, vocalist performs songs from her inspiring debut release CD, “A New Day” , bursting with original compositions seamlessly melting from one song to another. The title of the CD speaks of embracing a changing world. Mimi Jones, transformed from “side man” will play bass and sing with bandmates; Luis Perdomo-keys, Camille Thurman-sax and Chris Eddleton- drums The Mimi Jones Band appears in The Tea Series, a monthly new music and jazz series produced by Loft Arts Productions in association with Arts & Education Continuum, Bruce Mack’s Free World Radio and Theaterlab

a guest production of Theaterlab




An adaptation by Michael Raver

Based on the novel by Oscar Wilde

Staged Reading Directed by Quin Gordon


Featuring: Roger Clark*, William Connell*, Lauren Molina*, Ned Noyes*, Wesley Taylor*


Produced by Steve Litwitz


April 8th at 2 pm

April 9th at 2 pm & 8 pm


by invitation only:


*These actors are appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Naoki Iwakawa and friends present



Sunday, April 10 – 2 PM  – Free



You can make a difference in the peoples lives that need your help.


ALL ART WORK – $20      FB event link




While I was in a sleeping state…
a collaborative performance of music, video and dance

Brooklyn-based sound artists, Dirty Churches whose music has been described by the New York Times as “haunting,” merge samples and electronics with conventional acoustic instruments, creating a textured sonic environment of ethereal energy. New compositions by Robert Boston and Jesse Gelaznik will be featured with video and live visual manipulation by Rachel Blackwell, whose work focuses on universal human experience: birth, death, consciousness, fear, and has been screened at Zero Film Festival and Cinema 16. Laureen Elizabeth from the Martha Graham Ensemble will incorporate original choreography and improvisation, oscillating between narrative and abstraction… in a subliminal oceanic world. Reception to follow performance.

Friday, April 22   8 PM   $15

The Seven Collective presents



written by Edward Allan Baker

directed by Franny Alicia Reynoso

featuring: Angelique Orsini, Brennan Vickery

and Angelique Chapman


April 27 – 30    8 PM    $20


The Seven Collective challenges the traditional theatrical evening with an innovative sensory experience. FACE DIVIDED is the story of a young wife and mother desperately yearning for the way things used to be. Debbie finds herself in the emergency room after an accident involving her three-year-old daughter. Then her husband arrives. His questions will reveal just how seriously their broken dreams have affected baby Jess.


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show followed by

The Impressions Art Exhibition

Light refreshments will be served.

Theaterlab Play Reading Series presents



a new play by Serge Ernandez


a premier reading featuring:

Carlo Altomare, Casimira Altomare, Sheila Dabney

Erin Downhour, Alexis Francisco, Jerome Harmann-Hardeman

Gia Lisa Krahne, Judith Z. Miller, Karen Semanek and Evan True


Sunday, May 1    7 PM


suggested donation $10


light fare and wine reception to follow performance

Theaterlab Play Reading Series presents



a new play by Kenneth H. Brown

(The Brig, Nightlight, The Happy Bar, etc.)


In 1951, a deranged couple is brought to a Park Avenue psychiatrist in mysterious circumstances.  They believe they are Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun.  In the course of treatment, discoveries are made that alter the lives of everyone concerned.  Any similarity between the events examined in the play and U.S. Government covert operations is purely coincidental.


Friday, May 6    8 PM


suggested donation $10


light fare and wine reception to follow performance

NAOKI IWAKAWA, action painting

with Carlo Altomare, open piano

EXCAVATION                                                                         DOUBLE EXPOSURE

exhibition                                                                                          action painting

May 14    8 PM     $10

performance and reception with light fare and drinks

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Primary Colors Theatre presents



by Neil Labute


A startling dissection of cruelty and artistic creation from the author of In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors, The Shape of Things by Neil Labute challenges society’s most deeply entrenched ideas about art, manipulation, and love. Directed by Pedro Pereira.


May 19 – 22     8 PM     $20/$12


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Theaterlab is sponsoring this extraordinary event

at The Baruch Performing Arts Center

25th between Lexington and Third Avenues



Voices From A Kentucky Prison


Monday, May 23rd, 7 PM  –  Baruch Performing Arts Center


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On Monday, May 23rd, New York’s theatrical community will come together to present Northpoint: Voices from a Kentucky Prison, a benefit reading of short plays written by prisoners at Northpoint in Burgin, Kentucky. This exciting, one-night only event will support the 2011 playwriting program at Northpoint as well as seed a two-week playwright residency at the prison.

Loft Arts Productions presents

The Tea Series



with special guests



Sunday May 22, 2 PM     $20/$15


Join us when we feature Reggie Nicholson’s Percoetry with songstress Fay Victor and special legendary poet Amiri Baraka on Sunday, May 22 at 2p at Theaterlab- 137 W 14th St. NYC 10010 , for a wonderful afternoon of new music, sweet tea and pastry for the entire family!


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2 One–Acts by S. Brian Jones

Directed by Nichole Donje’


Deconstructing Family  &   Sister, Mother, Daughter, Wife


Tuesday, May 24      7 PM       RSVP:


A reading of a screenplay

by Jim Sherry

Based on the novel by Kate Chopin

Directed by Joyce Wu


Sunday       June 12      3 PM       FREE



by Pearl Cleage,


CHAIN tells the tale of a sixteen-year-old crack addict, Rosa Jackson, whose parents take matters into their own hands. Their solution: to keep their daughter chained inside their home for seven days.  In this desperate attempt to keep their daughter away from drugs and the violence of their Harlem community, Rosa teeters between discovering her self worth, the admiration for her boyfriend, Jesus, who introduced her to the drug, and the reality of her addiction.


This one-woman show not only explores “urban” violence and the impact of drugs on the African American community but the affects of peer pressure and how far parents will go to protect their children.  CHAIN will be performed by Brittany A. Bellizeare and directed by Crystal A. Dickinson.

June 9 – 12        8 PM, Sunday 7 PM      $20/$15      buy tickets

nicole renaud




A multimedia performance


French singer and accordionist, Nicole Renaud, will perform songs from her new album “Couleurs”, a love story seen though colors. Nicole accompanies herself on her new one-of-a-kind luminous transparent accordion, the lincordian, designed by British artist-engineer Paul Etienne Lincoln.    more info


June 2, 3, 4

8 pm   –   $15       buy tickets

Nicole Renaud returns to Theaterlab with Couleurs after 2 sold out runs in February and March!


written by Joanie Fritz Zosike



June 25        8 PM       buy tickets  $10


produced by The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective

directed by Steven Carl McCasland


featuring Zoe Anastassiou, Mallory Berlin, Dean Conroy, Sheila Dabney, Priscilla Flores, Claire Helene, Robert Hieger, Tracy Jennissen, Joy Smith Kelly, Morton Kroos, Laurie Strickland, and Miguel Suero.


As cells divide and passion accelerates, we inevitably arrive at the permeable atrium of Love. RelationShifts is a suite of twelve loosely related plays about love in several of its countless myriad forms. it was inspired by a quick cup of coffee at Mr. Tu’s Bakery in Flushing, Queens in late 2010.

Mad Dog Theatre Company presents


by Chisa Hutchinson


Directed by Joel Waage


June 22-25           8 PM          June 26    2 PM

June 29-July 2      8 PM          July 3       2 PM


Cast:  Chisa Hutchinson, Heather Kelley, Jennifer Logue,

Kevin O’Callaghan, Nicole Samsel


THIS IS NOT THE PLAY is…well, not really a play.  It’s an inside look at the effed up process by which one playwright constructs characters and ultimately a story.  Problem is the playwright has no idea who the characters really are.  She isn’t even sure she wants to tell their story.  And it doesn’t exactly help that the characters go on strike mid-brainstorm.  Watch to see how she gets them to reveal themselves–and their deep, dirty issues–despite deep distrust and mutual prejudice.  The bonus?  You get a say in what the actual play will be.


buy tickets  $18         Mad Dog website

Negar Bouban is deeply involved with the art of improvisation, both in traditional way of Dastgah concept and in free improvisation on… themes of various origins and modes. A manifestation of this is made in her two solo albums: “Payaapey” (continuous) and “In Turn” with each piece improvised on a pre-composed short theme.


Alan Kushan appears to have taken over the surrealist theory of “automatism” and transformed it into a more positive method of expression, which he has named “essential encounters”. His performance method employs an academically meticulous technique that is, paradoxically, in stark contrast to the unreal “dream space” he generally endeavours to depict, and its markedly other-worldly, hallucinatory character.


Two Iranian Musicians


Negar Bouban – oud and vocals

Alan Kushan – santuras


July 8        8 PM       buy tickets  $10


Iranian oud player and vocalist, Negar Bouban, and the internationally avant-garde Santurist , Alan Kushan, will perform the music of a contrastive situation. Negar and Alan shall display their own individual interpretation and their performances shall illustrate how contrast may merge together.


light fare and wine reception to follow concert


part one of the trilogy – Deus X Machina


Directed by Carlo Altomare

Texts by Maurice Blanchot and Paul Verilio

Actors: Casimira Altomare, Chelsey Clime, Andrew Greer, Madeleine James, Zebedee J. Row

Music by Carlo Altomare

Set by Jacques Perdigues



June 1 – 28      8 PM     $10

July 18, 2011        7 – 9 PM


Performances by:

Maryam Blacksher, Kendall Cornell, Karine Fleurima, Zainab Jah, Dominique Morriseau, Amelia Workman, and The Renegade Cabaret performing on Theaterlab’s fire escape.


Also – Lisa Silvestri’s extraordinary fine art photography:

The New Orleans Portrait Project – The John McDonogh Series



Join us for a night of food, drinks and entertainment celebrating the creative spirit of all women in the arts, the League of Professional Theatre Women and its work to promote opportunity and visibility to women in the theatre.


All the proceeds benefit the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Rosamond Gilder/Martha Coigney International Award.

Dutch theatre artist  LINDA OLTHOF

returns to New York with her workshop



A 4 day workshop

July 26 – 29     11am to 2pm     $100.


“What I do is not train certain parts of the body, but liberate the body. In other words, give it a chance to live and be personal.


“I search for a theater that tries to disorder with immediate images. Everything in my performances is a sign, a translation and distortion. I believe that an illustrational form tells you through the intelligence immediately what the form is about, whereas a non-illustrational form works first upon sensation and then slowly leaks back into the fact.”


Workshop Theaterlab NYC 2011.pdf


Call 212-929-2545 for enrollment

Ann McCoy – The Alchemical Opus

lecture w/projections – Q & A – congenial discussion – wine and light fare

Sunday, September 25        8 PM       Free


Alchemy is a way of bridging the opposites. Through a richly illustrated presentation, artist Ann McCoy will discuss the alchemical imagery in the work of contemporary artists such as Herman Nitsch, James Lee Byers, Joseph Beuys, and Eric Orr, as well as within her own work. She will touch upon the stages in The Great Work such as the putrefactio, the rubedo, and the albedo, and their relationship to depth psychology and dream imagery — as well as the role of depression, introversion, and dream states. She will also explore the role of the artist as an alchemist, and the ideas of incarnation, transmutation, and transformation. Psyche and spirituality have become devalued currency in today’s art world which is focused rather on political and sociological content. Ann will show how the alchemical model is, in fact, a model for political and spiritual change both in the individual and society.


The Philosophy Salon is a series of six bi-monthly free lectures open to the public at large, presenting cutting edge theories and uncharted visions of the trajectory of consciousness in the contemporary world. Philosophers will be joined by artists, linguists and scientists in the course of the series which is comprised of a formal lecture, a  Q/A discussion followed by a congenial gathering with refreshments served. The goal of this project is to create a public forum where ‘critical thinking’ becomes a necessary tool to the experience of life. Living in a fast pacing present while envisioning the future challenges us everyday. The Philosophy Salon strives to create a space where we can publicly address what it is to be human and how we reconcile knowledge and experience. Hosted by George Lee Moore.

Theaterlab is proud to host the opening reception of

Art In Odd Places’ annual art activities on 14th St.

This year the theme is RITUAL.

Friday, September 30    6 – 9 PM

installations, performance, drinks and light fare

featuring many of this year’s festival performers and artists

Join us and celebrate this extraordinary event


an audio/visual installation  – wine reception


Sunday, October 2    7 – 9 PM


The Birds’ Ear View Collective (Alexandra Wolkowicz, Jon Barraclough, Rob Peterson) formed in 2008 when they learned that thousands of birds fly into skyscrapers during migration season every year in NYC alone. Since then the collective gathered ‘evidence’ and traces of these collisions (rather than the moment of impact itself) through photography and drawings of collision victims, and the extraordinary audio environment they inhabit as sound recordings.



adapted by Michael Raver


Monday, September 26        Doors open 6:30

wine/cheese reception to follow     $10

Piece Theatre presents

CRACKED (upon a time)

Written and Directed by Josiah Houston


with Brent Wellington Barker III and Zebedee J. Row


Stretching the boundaries of absurdist comedy by exploring the tragedies of limitation, Houston’s CRACKED (upon a time) is a simple story about the complexities of language and those who speak it. As two ancient companions sit at the foot of a graveyard, their potent ramblings and hysterical bickering discuss memory, illusion, love, luck, fear, trust, choices to be made, time to be passed, and the desire to avoid ending before they conclude that Everyman must go through life on his own.

October 13 – 22      Schedule and Tickets

Theaterlab’s 6th Birthday Party!! Come celebrate with us!


Food – Drink – Performance – amazing auction items big and small!


Mon., October 24th  –  Doors open 6:30 PM



and raffle/auction list


Created by Jillian Johnson


Collaboratively devised by  Keiko Green, Will Neuman, Carolyn Rossett, Katherine Stutts, and Nora Jane Williams


music by Gene Baker

lights by Kirstin Kapustik


October 26 – November 6

Carolina Morais Fonseca

Flamenco & Gypsy Duende Workshops

training and study series

September 24 through November 14

Weekend workshops in Indian Gypsy Duende, Transylvania Groove Gypsy Duende, Balkan and Turkish Gypsy Duende, plus Friday night open Duende Classes.


Full Schedule, Info, and Enrollment Links

Carolina Fonseca in



Gypsy Duende Dance


Music: Sinan Gündogdu

and Michaela LInd


November 9 – 12   9 PM

November 13   7 PM



by Neil LaBute


Produced by Bruth Media



Adam: Barry DeBois

Evelyn: Chelsey Clime

Jenny: Karen Bray

Phillip: Nick Fesette


Directed by Brayden Hade

Assistant Director: Emily C. Walker

Stage Manager: Justyn Wade Dansby




After a chance meeting in a museum, Evelyn, a sexy, aggressive artist, and Adam, a shy, insecure student, become embroiled in an intense affair. Before long, Adam, under Evelyn’s steady influence, goes to unimaginable lengths to improve his appearance and character while his friends Phillip and Jenny have a front row seat to his metamorphosis. How far would you go for love? For art? What concessions would you make?


November 16, 17, 18

Forward Flux Presents      Staged Reading


Performers:  Hayes Dunlap               Sean Hefferon

Laura Kaldis                  Nastasha Strang is a dark comedy that explores how we exist in the digital age.  The world of internet is brought to life on stage as we meet Andy, a young NYC blogger who finds fame, fortune, and friends online.  Does Andy have it all?


November 15th Doors 7pm, show 7:30

Pre & Post Show Reception.  Suggested Donation $10

Come Join Us






With Special Guest


The Alchemical Theatre

Pure War / The Madness of the Day

Texts by Maurice Blanchot and Paul Virilio

Directed by Carlo Altomare

Chelsey Clime, Andrew Greer, Gia Lisa Krahne, Zebedee J. Row, Katarina Vizina


About the play


December  7 – 17    $20     Schedule and Tickets


This production is made possible through the generous support of The New York Department of Cultural Affairs

…experimental sound technicians                    PAS Website


A night of Experi-MENTAL music featuring:



Richard Lainhart and Lucio Menegon

Koning’s Blauw

Amar Chaudhary

‘History of the Future’

live film score directed by Richard Lainhart with various improvisors.


Sat. November 26     7 – 11:30 PM    $10 with complementary wine



reading/performance featuring Howard Pflanzer and El Tahra Ibrahim


with Tom Walker reading from his Memoir about The Living Theatre


Introduced by Robert Roth
Howard Pflanzer will read/perform with El Tahra Ibrahim from his new book, DEAD BIRDS or AVIAN BLUES, published by Fly By Night Press, celebrating the birds and animals commenting on the human condition in edgy short plays and poems with surreal illustrations by Juliane Pieper.


Sun. December 11     7:30 PM     $5

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