Harlem9, founded in 2010, is a collaborative producing organization in Harlem, comprised of a group of six Black producers from various production backgrounds and organizations. Harlem9 aims to support and nurture Black voices and the creation of Black theatre in New York City by authentically celebrating the diverse stories and complexity of the African Diaspora. Over the past five years, Harlem9 has produced 48Hour in Harlem, an event offering Black artists in the New York City area space to gather, connect, and showcase their craft. In 2014, Harlem9 was recognized with an Obie award for artistic excellence and promise as an emerging and innovative organization. Producing Director Eric Lockley is a performer, playwright, producer, and founding member of The Movement Theatre Company. His stage credits include Cato, The Flea Theater; Holes, Atlantic Theater Co.; The Winter’s Tale, NYU; Black Terror, NYU; and Spunk, Penobscot. He has written and performed two solo shows, Last Laugh, NYU-ETW, LaMaMa, PS122; and Asking For More, Theater for the New City; one-act play Blacken the Bubble (2012); and full-length drama Without Trace (2014). He was awarded a 2012 Fund for New Work grant from Harlem Stage to continue to develop Asking for More and a 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame Fellowship Grant. Lockley is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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