Past Events 2016


The Impact Residency

The IMPACT RESIDENCY is a partnership between The Drama League of New York and the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens.
The Impact Residency is a new opportunity for ensembles and devised theatre makers.  The Impact Residency awards a director working with or inside a devising ensemble/company the tools to create an entire new performance piece: development support, rehearsal space, technical staff, mentorship, a in-progress workshop presentation at The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca, and a presentation of as part of LPAC's Rough Draft Festival, with the opportunity to stage the premiere of the work there as well in the future, if desired.
The Impact Residency includes:
Up to 120 hours of rehearsal and up to 30 hours of tech time at LPAC.
The director will receive $10,000, which can be used to cover workshop expenses including the hiring of professional artists or production needs.
The artist will receive periodic mentorship from LPAC and Drama League staff.
The work will receive two in-progress showings at the Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca and a full tech work-in-progress showing at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center to conclude the residency. There is also the possibility of staging the premiere of the work at LPAC.

Let It Snow

The Astoria Symphony Orchestra will take you on a wondrous holiday ride featuring a live orchestra, ballet dancers, singers, storytellers, images, videos, and enough holiday cheer to warm your soul in a December snowstorm. With classic holiday hits from “Silver Bells” to Tchaikovsky’s timeless Nutcracker, touching moments and a holiday sing-along for all ages, this show will put you in the mood for making merry.

Featuring LPAC resident dance artists, American Musical and Dramatic Academy and CAP21 faculty vocalist Heather Petruzelli, and one more very special high-profile guest.


A Christmas Carol's: Scrooge & Marley

Adapted by: Israel Horowitz
Reading Sat Dec 10. 2016 | 12:30pm

“Scrooge and Marley” based on Charles Dicken’s “Christmas Carol” tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.

Neighborhood Concert: The Canales Project's Between Two

Founded by mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov Canales, The Canales Project’s Between Two Worlds gives voice to issues of identity and culture through a powerful musical message.
Founded by mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov Canales, The Canales Project’s Between Two Worlds gives voice to issues of identity and culture through a powerful musical message. Between Two Worlds presents songs and music from a wide range of cultures that focus on “The Plurals,” a rising young generation that speaks multiple languages and comes from diverse cultural backgrounds. This concert also includes conversation between the artists and the audience.




Written by Sami Berat Marcali
Directed by Ellie Heyman

No common language, past comforts or future dreams. HOME|YUVA follows an unlikely quartet -- a Turkish refugee, autistic artist, club star, and taxi driver -- in search of common bonds.

No common language, past comforts or future dreams. Home|Yuva follows an unlikely quartet -- a Turkish refugee, autistic artist, club star, and taxi driver --  in search of common bonds. Void of shared language, their bodies begin to speak. Drawing from the current refugee crisis in the Middle East and the increasingly fractured American dream, Home/Yuva is an international collaboration between Turkish and American artists.

Codes of Honor (Reading)

Written by Betty Shamieh
Directed By Handan Ozbilgin

Codes of Honor is a tale of two women from the Middle East and America whose worlds collide.

Codes of Honor is a tale of two women from the Middle East and America whose worlds collide. A moneyed Texas socialite turned Marine, Suzy Pennybaker returns from serving a tour in Afghanistan determined to make a difference in the lives of women. She agrees to fund a secret shelter for battered refugee women in Lebanon founded by Ranya Al-Huriya, a charismatic Arab feminist and widow. Haunted by violence, their parallel lives begin to intersect in ways that neither woman expects. Free Admission.
*Followed by wine and a brief discussion with the playwright Betty Shamieh.



Lauren cox

Humans Collective creates a thought-provoking journey inspired by symbiotic relationships and medieval architecture.

In Symbioh, Humans Collective creates a thought-provoking journey inspired by symbiotic relationships and medieval architecture. Artistic Director and choreographer Lauren Cox draws upon an eclectic blend of dance and story telling with roots in Modern, Contemporary Jazz, African and Improvisation to create a rich visual landscape that is by turns playful, meditative, and a joyous celebration of life.
Lauren Cox's residency at LaGuardia Community College is part of the CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), which is supported by The Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Community Trust, Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Harkness Foundation for Dance. CDI is spearheaded and administered by The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.
Symbioh features original music by napago, lighting by micOlucO and costumes by BonelesBones.

Ping Chong + Company Summer Institute

The Ping Chong + Company Summer Institute is designed to engage and inspire artists, teachers, students, and community practitioners interested in developing unique performance projects that explore oral history, art, and community engagement. This intensive week-long workshop, led by Ping Chong, Sara Zatz, and Ryan Conarro will explore Ping Chong + Company's innovative community-based performance and documentary theatre practices, with specific focus on the award-winning Undesirable Elements series.


Beyond Sacred-Ping Chong + Company
April 29th, 2015 - May 9th, 2015

Written by Ping Chong and Sara Zatz, with Ryan Conarro. Directed by Ping Chong
in collaboration with Tiffany Yasmin Abdelghani, Ferdous Dheqan, Kadin Herring, Amir Khafagy, Maha Syed

Ping Chong + Company and LPAC explore the diverse experiences of Muslim communities within NYC through an interview-based theatre production.

Beyond Sacred is an interview-based theatre production by Ping Chong + Company and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim communities within New York City.  The five participants in Beyond Sacred vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 New York City, at a time of increasing Islamophobia. Participants come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and include men and women that reflect a wide range of Muslim identities, including those who have converted to Islam, those who were raised Muslim, but have since left the faith, those who identify as “culturally” Muslim, and those who are observant on a daily basis. Beyond Sacred was  developed through a community-engaged process wherein Ping Chong + Company extensively interviewed local Muslim residents. These interviews become the basis of a script, performed by the interviewees, that weaves together personal, historical, and political narratives. The goal of Beyond Sacred is to use theater and personal testimony to foster greater understanding among Muslim and non-Muslim communities in New York.

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The Sensuality Party

Wednesday, May 11 at 2:30pm and 7pm

The New Group presents - THE SENSUALITY PARTY
A New Play by Justin Kuritzkes
Directed by Danya Taymor
featuring Catherine Combs, Jeff Cuttler, Katherine Folk-Sullivan, Jake Horowitz, Layla Khoshnoudi, Rowan Vickers

Brought to life in common rooms and student unions at college campuses across all five boroughs of New York City, Justin Kuritzkes’ new play THE SENSUALITY PARTY depicts six college students – three women and three men – who reflect on an afternoon of group sex they shared during their first semester, and how what began as a rather casual experiment went suddenly and horribly wrong. As they internalize and even fetishize this event, they battle their own disaffection and disconnection from the wider world. Kuritzkes offers an incisive look at his own post-9/11 generation’s consciousness.

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*valid student ID must be presented at the performance. Limit 4 per order.



Tara’s Crossing

An Acclaimed play about LGBT refugees seeking asylum in the U.S.
From Houses on the Moon Theater Co. comes the remarkable odyssey of an transgender asylum seeker who flees persecution in Guyana, only to wind up in the isolation of U.S. Immigration detention, where she struggles to win her freedom. The play, inspired by true events, was a hit Off Broadway and called “Remarkable, Moving and Captivating!” by

A play by Jeffrey Solomon featuring Aundre Chin, Ian Eaton, Nysheva Starr, Jeffrey Solomon and Emily Weiner.
Post show discussion on LGBTI and HIV related asylum, featuring experts from Immigration Equality and other organizations.

**The $10 student/educator/senior price has been added to the 7pm performance but is only available at the Box Office not on the website.

Photo credit: Loris Guzzetta.

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Rough Draft Festival

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Brown Rice Family 

Brooklyn-based world roots band Brown Rice Family is a high-energy, eight-member ensemble that combines an eclectic mix of musical influences encompassing reggae, hip-hop, Brazilian, Afrobeat, jazz, rock, Latin, and funk. With members hailing from all over the world, the Brown Rice Family draws on its diverse backgrounds to create a colorful, rhythm-driven, and highly danceable sound. This concert will also feature new works inspired by the song “Somewhere” from West Side Story and written by young people in the Queens community in collaboration with Brown Rice Family as part of The Somewhere Project, a citywide creative learning project that honors Carnegie Hall's 125th anniversary.

The Somewhere Project is made possible in part by generous support from Martha and Bob Lipp


This project is the first in LPAC’s newly established three-year initiative “The Balkan Project” intended to create new, collaborative theatre pieces with resident theatre company Built for Collapse and already established international theatre partners in Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Albania and Serbia. These collaborations will allow LPAC and partners to enrich their current artist development initiatives and support for emerging, international work, through the sharing of ideas and practices, and the exposure to new audiences both in New York City and abroad.


Emerging Choreographer Series

The Emerging Choreographer Series (ECS) is a participatory mentoring program providing new or aspiring choreographers with tools to create, develop and premiere a new finished work. Thanks to the partnership between LPAC and Mare Nostrum Elements (MNE) participating choreographers receive up to 60 hours of free rehearsal space, artistic feedback from established choreographers, production and logistic consultations as well as weekly meetings to exchange ideas with fellow choreographers. Participants also receive financial aid to remunerate themselves, their dancers, cover the cost of costumes, props and other production expenses. The Program culminates in 2 fully produced performances on Feb. 22 and 23, 2016.
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Sorry By Shook Ones

Sorry is a multimedia theatrical experience that utilizes dance, spoken word and projection to tell a story about cultures colliding that’s never been more relevant or necessary than today. Sorry is an immersive exploration of contemporary interracial partnerships, narrated and annotated by the secret Poet Laureate of the A train.
Shook Ones is choreographer, Cindy Salgado, writer/performer, Alejandro Rodriguez, and multimedia artist, Yazmany Arboleda; they’re joined for Sorry by Yvon “Crazy Smooth” Soglo, one of Canada’s premiere street dancers and the founding director of Bboyizm.


Breaking Borders and Bias

LPAC presents a 2-day Film Festival celebrating the Amazigh (Berber and Tuareg) Cultures.

Thu, June 2 & Fri, June 3, 2016
Little Theater, LPAC
Free and Open to the Public
Most films followed by Q & A's with expert panelists.

Berbers, also known as the Imazighen, are the native peoples of North Africa. Films in Berber languages depicting Berber cultures were banned in North Africa until the 1990s, yet a vibrant video and film production has begun to emerge, exploring the human dramas of childhood, the struggle for education, and emigration. They have lived as farmers, craftspeople and merchants in these rugged lands between sea and desert for millennia. Today they represent a vibrant example of indigenous minorities within the larger Semitic world who strive to maintain their ethnic and linguistic identities despite an increasingly sectarian nationalism and a conservative understanding of Islam. Through a selection of illuminating shorts, documentaries and features, the Berber Film Festival is proud to present these dissonant voices and their captivating tales of the Berber universe.