Classical Theatre of Harlem’s


August 2018 – Founded Nearly twenty years ago, The Classical Theatre of Harlem has staged an incredibly wide range of work which reflect the diversity of New York City.

From Chekhov and Shakespeare to famed 20th century playwrights and emerging writers – The Classical Theatre of Harlem has something for everybody, and all the performances are free!

This summer, The Classical Theatre of Harlem presented Sophocles’ Greek tragedy “Antigone”. Featuring the Elisa Monte Dance Company – Audience members were captivated as they sat under the stars at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park. The fresh, re-imagined version of the 2,500 year old play was inspired by the counterculture movement known as “Afropunk”.

The Classical Theatre of Harlem recognizes that the live stage has the capacity to change lives. The actors, directors, designers, writers, and technicians. who work there are changing the face of American Theatre eith their exciting new ideas, set designs, costumes, and shows.

After a period of near bankruptcy, Ty Jones took over the Classical Theatre of Harlem and turned it into one of this city’s most vital artistic organizations. In addition to its acclaimed productions, they also provide theatre based training and live theatre experiences to Harlem youth and their families.

Whether they are incorporating issues of today’s themes in older works, or affording exposure to aspiring talents – You can be sure that whenever the curtain rises in Harlem – The audiences will be thrilled, inspired, and entertained, all above 96th Street!