The Apollo Theater to Hold Auditions for Amateur Night in September ~ Let’s See Whatcha Got!

      On Saturday, September 9, The Apollo (253 W. 125th Street) will hold in-person auditions for its signature program, Amateur Night at The Apollo, the quintessential talent competition and one of the longest-running events in the world. Taking place at The Apollo’s Historic Theater on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to […]

The Apollo Theater & Ta-Nehisi Coates Announce [at] The Intersection ~ an Inaugural Festival of Arts & Ideas

      The Apollo and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Apollo’s Master Artist in Residence announced today that they will be launching [at] The Intersection, The Apollo’s Festival of Arts & Ideas. The three-day event will be held from Friday, October 6- Sunday, October 8, 2023 at The Apollo’s Historic Theater. Early access festival passes are available […]

Michelle Ebanks Appointed Next President & CEO of The Apollo Theater

      The Apollo announced today the appointment of Michelle Ebanks as the next President and CEO of the nation’s foremost African American performing arts center dedicated to Black arts and culture. Ms. Ebanks has extensive leadership experience in media, entertainment, and live events. She previously served as CEO of Essence Communications, overseeing the […]

The Apollo Theater to Host ‘CHAMP: Deaf Artists of Color Redefining the Performing Arts

      On Tuesday, June 20 at 7pm EST The Apollo Theater will host “CHAMP: Deaf Artists of Color Redefining the Performing Arts,” an in-depth discussion featuring the leading Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing artists, creators, and musicians working in the performing arts space today. The panelists come from all corners of the creative industry, spanning […]

The Apollo Theater to Premiere Multidisciplinary Projects Across The Apollo Stages at The Apollo and Victoria Theaters with Curtain to Rise in Winter, 2023

      The Apollo announced today its 2023 cohort of artists for its Apollo New Works initiative, an initiative which champions artistic development and allows artists across disciplines to incubate and present new works across The Apollo’s stages—its Historic Theater, Soundstage, and The Apollo’s Victoria Theater, which will open this winter. The series of […]

It’s Time to Show ‘Em Whatcha Got ~ Amateur Night Auditions at Historic Apollo Theater March 25th

      Since 1934, aspiring performers have come to The Apollo to “Be Good or Be Gone!” On Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Apollo (253 W. 125th Street) will hold live auditions for its signature program, Amateur Night at The Apollo, the quintessential talent competition and one of the […]

KWANZAA: A Regeneration Celebration at The Apollo Theater December 30, 2022

      The Annual Kwanzaa celebration returns to The Apollo Theater as an in-person event for the first time in two years, offering attendees the opportunity to experience the cultural importance and collective Black joy that characterize the holiday. Kwanzaa: A Regeneration Celebration will take place on Friday, December 30 at 7:30pm EST, anchored […]

CEO Jonelle Procope Set to Step Down in 2023 as Historic Apollo Theater Moves Forward with $70M Capital Campaign

      Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo, announced today that after two decades of leading the iconic cultural and civic non-profit dedicated to providing a platform for Black creativity, she will step down on June 30, 2023. Ms. Procope’s leadership, first as a member of the board and then as president […]

Apollo Theater to Release Limited Edition NFT Commemorating June 13th Annual Spring Benefit

    In celebration of the Apollo’s Spring Benefit on Monday, June 13, the non-profit announced today it will release a limited edition non-fungible token (NFT) commemorating the annual event. Approximately 400 NFTs will be issued  through Ticketmaster. The special NFTs will be given to each person who donated to Apollo’s Spring Benefit. The commemorative […]

Lyricist Lounge Celebrates 30th Anniversary ~ a One-Night Event at Historic Apollo Theater

      To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary Hip-Hop showcase the Lyricist Lounge, the Apollo will bring together iconic producers, DJs, and rappers of the 90s to today, live and in-person on Saturday, April 16 at 8:00pm EST. For one night only, the concert will feature a slew of iconic artists, including […]

Ta-Nehisi Coates & Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter in Conversation at The Apollo Theater

      Hailed as “our most vital public intellectual” (Vanity Fair), MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates is no stranger to the Apollo stage, as he serves as the Theater’s inaugural Master Artist-in-Residence, an initiative that deepens the Apollo’s relationship with an influential artist whose work aligns with the Apollo’s mission. His work with the […]

BET + 125th St BID + The Apollo Theater Accepting Applications for Harlem Entrepreneurs Microgrant Initiative

      BET, a subsidiary of Paramount Global, announced today that the Harlem Entrepreneurial Microgrant Initiative, a $100,000 program created to provide support to small Harlem businesses in partnership with the 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) and the Apollo Theater, will be accepting applications as of March 1, 2022 until March 31, 2022. Established […]

The Apollo Theater Unveils 2022 Winter/Spring Season!

      The Apollo announced details of its Winter/Spring 2022 season, with an array of free and ticketed programming in-person at the Apollo’s historic theater and online on the Apollo’s Digital Stage Highlights include the long-anticipated return of the Amateur Night at the Apollo competition on Wednesday, February 16 at 7:30pm EST; Apollo Master Artist-in-Residence […]

Amateur Night Auditions Return at the Famed Apollo Theater ~ Lets See Whatcha Got!

      On Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 the Apollo will hold in-person auditions at its legendary theater for the 2022-23 season of its signature program, Amateur Night at the Apollo, the original talent show and one of the longest-running events in New York City. Auditions will be held at the Apollo […]

Jennifer Hudson Live at The Apollo Theater ~ a Celebration of Black Women Business Owners

      Mastercard will present the “Jennifer Hudson Live at The Apollo” concert on August 19th, the first live audience performance at the Apollo Theater since March 2020. At this intimate gathering of Black women entrepreneurs and select cardholders, Ms. Hudson will perform classic Aretha Franklin hits featured in Respect as well as songs […]

The Apollo Theater Announces Spring 2020 Season

      Today, the iconic nonprofit Apollo Theater announced details of its spring 2020 season featuring genre-spanning performances—from music, dance, and theater to comedy and film screenings—that continue the theater’s strong mission of articulating African American narratives through cultural programming. Season highlights include the Apollo’s Africa Now! and African Film Festival 30th Anniversary Celebration […]

The Historic Victoria Theater + Harlem Marriott Renaissance Hotel + The Victoria Tower Residences + The Apollo Theater Expansion ~ 125th Street in Harlem

        Designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb, the structure was said to be one of the largest, and most beautiful theaters in the New York area.  Built in 1917 at a cost of $250,000, it had a seating capacity of over 2,400 and it is located on the same block as the […]

The Apollo Celebrates the Opening of The Apollo Stages at The Victoria Theater!

      On March 7, 2024, the Apollo officially celebrated the opening of The Apollo Stages at the Victoria Theater ~ the first physical expansion in the institution’s 90-year history ~ with a special ceremony and iconic Apollo Sign-lighting with guests that included Mayor Eric Adams, Empire State Development Commissioner Hope Knight, The Apollo’s […]

Apollo’s Victoria Theater Gallery to Open with ‘From The Victoria to The Village: A Visual History of Black Creative Spaces’

      Celebrate the opening of The Apollo’s Victoria Theater with this visual exploration of Black artists and creativity from the 1950s through the early 2000s. Photographer and gallerist Alex Harsley’s exhibition details the visual history of Black creative spaces in NYC. The gallery exhibition will be on view from February 1 through April […]

Permanent Exhibition of harlem is…. Theater, Music, and Dance to Unveil at Harlem Hospital

      Community Works/New Heritage Theatre Group and Harlem Hospital Center are celebrating the historic launch of a permanent exhibition of harlem is . . . Theater, Music, and Dance at Harlem Hospital Center. This dynamic, landmark, multimedia installation is a unique salute to people who have built and are sustaining Harlem’s cultural legacy.

The Apollo Launches ‘Apollo Stories’, a National Digital Learning Hub for Educators

      The Apollo announces the launch of Apollo Stories, an interactive digital learning hub that aims to connect students and educators across the country with the programs and legacy of the famed Apollo, providing lesson plans, resources and activities that explore themes of social justice, cultural exchange, identity and more. The inaugural lessons […]

Live Wire From The Apollo Archives on The Apollo’s Digital Stage

      The Apollo has launched a four-episode video series, Live Wire From The Apollo Archives: The Photographs and Films of Gordon Anderson, highlighting the life and work of the famed photographer and filmmaker who captured some of the most iconic moments on The Apollo stage and the Harlem community from the 1940s into […]

New Cultural Space in The Apollo’s Victoria Theatre to be Named for Jonelle Procope

      On Monday, March 27, 2023, The Apollo’s Board Chair Charles E. Phillips announced that the 99-seat theater in The Apollo’s new Victoria Theater—which marks the first major expansion in the organization’s history—will be named after its current President & CEO Jonelle Procope in honor of her two decades as leader of the […]

Apollo Film Presents ImageNation’s Cocktails and Sol Cinema: It’s Different In Chicago

      On Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00pm ET, the Apollo Theater and ImageNation presents a film screening of It’s Different In Chicago as part of ImageNation’s Cocktails and Sol Cinemaon the Apollo’s Soundstage. The film highlights the city, known by many as the birthplace of house music as well as an incubator for […]

The Apollo + New Black Fest present 18 Short Plays to Reflect on Harlem Renaissance, Past & Present, Live & In-Person, April 22-25

      This month marks the launch of New Black Fest at the Apollo, a festival celebrating contemporary Black playwrights from across the nation. On April 22, 23, and 25 at 7pm, audiences will have the opportunity to see original works by 18 playwrights, each commissioned by the Apollo and New Black Fest co-founder […]

The Apollo Presents KWANZAA: A Regeneration Celebration Virtual Experience, December 26, 2021

      On Sunday, December 26 at 7:00 pm EST, the Apollo will celebrate its annual Kwanzaa celebration, Kwanzaa: A Regeneration Celebration, featuring a world premiere from renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and performances from Apollo New Work artists Soul Science Lab with Chen Lo and Asante […]

The Apollo Celebrates ‘Harlem Week’ with Free Panel Discussion about Harlem’s Own Luke Cage

      On Saturday, August 14 at 11am ET, the Apollo Theater will celebrate HARLEM WEEK and Free Comic Book Day, the largest annual comic book event, with an exploration of Harlem-based superhero, Luke Cage. This free virtual panel of comic creators and television producers illuminates Luke Cage’s rise from the comic book page […]

Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC ~ it’s the October 2023 GothamToGo Roundup

      Let’s kick-off the Fall Season with a few annual favorites ~ The Blessing of the Animals; The Atlantic Antic™ Festival; Archtober & Open House New York; The Little Red Lighthouse Festival, NYCxDesign, Art in Odd Places; The Paper Dress Ball, and The New Yorker Festival. We expect beautiful Fall weather for the […]

Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC ~ it’s the September 2023 GothamToGo Roundup

      Sailing into Fall, September kicks-off with the annual Armory Show and Armory Art Week, and a plethora of exciting exhibitions and events all around town. Public Art Fund unveils Fred Eversley: Parabolic Light at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza, and Little Italy hosts the annual Feast of San Gennaro.  Lincoln Center hosts […]

Culture, Creativity & Care Initiative Unveiled in Marcus Garvey Park ~ Sankofa

        Marcus Garvey Park, which is adjacent to both Harlem and East Harlem, was the lucky recipient of a Mellon Foundation Humanities in Place Initiative, with a focus on fostering creativity and care in essential public space. Administered through Harlem Grown, The Culture, Creativity & Care Initiative will be a two-year project, […]

Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC ~ it’s the June 2023 GothamToGo Art Roundup

      Kicking-off the month of June with a plethora of annual events like Pride Month, Juneteenth, the TriBeCa Festival, Schomburg Center’s Literary Festival, Sing for Hope Pianos, Salmagundi Club Spring Auction, NoMAA’s Uptown Arts Stroll, and the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival. Here are a few suggestions for the month of […]