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The brainchild of activist Nzinga Williams, NEW Black Mutual Aid Fund (NBMA) strives to create the safety net and financial support for Black Theater Professionals through a time of revolution and pandemic, per the Google doc Williams created where Black theatre folx can privately request funds.1 Those funds support everything from protest supplies, bail, and lawyer fees (for protesters) to dinner, rent support, plant care, and more.
On January 1, Williamsburgs The Brick Theater welcomed Theresa Buchheister as its new Artistic Director. Founded by Michael Gardner in 2002, The Brick has been North Brooklyns home for eclectic works and experimental playsones so unique theyve even starred my dog. Since taking over, Buchheister has stepped up with bolder and more focused programming, but that all changed once COVIDand revolutionhit. Now, The Brick is an outpost for protestors and the houseless community.
As the World Slowly Reopens, Theaters Remain Closed, Leaving Furloughed Employees Uncertain About Their FuturesBy Joey Sims
Weeks of order cancellations. Mounting dread. The March 12 shutdown of all Broadway theaters. Then the following Monday, Mollie Thoennes was told to collect her things and stay home. There was no return date.