The NOW AFRICA: Playwrights Festival launched in Fall of 2015 to much acclaim. In partnership with the Center for Art and Public Policy and the Institute of Performing Arts at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Anna Deavere Smith’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue the NOW AFRICA producing team read over 150 plays from the African Diaspora and created a three day festival to feature these little known dramatic works. Over the course of three days artists, academics and art-lovers were exposed to pieces from the classic African dramatic literature canon, pieces from contemporary African drama and critical discourse on the state of African theater within an American paradigm. All three nights were packed with audience, and by the third night we were turning people away. This year we are bringing another installation of the NOW AFRICA festival to New York audiences.
Our 2016 theme was Africa and Her Children: Bridging the Continental Divide.