OPEN AUDITIONS The Negro Ensemble Company Training Program

Marie McKinney presents playwright, Laurence Holder, with plaque; cast of The NEC Education Dept's: Lost and Found: Classic Plays and Emerging Playwrights

Auditions for The Negro Ensemble Training Program are on

Sat 4/17 9am-12noon, Sun 4/18 3pm-8pm & Mon4/19 10-2pm

Send your request, picture and resume to and give us 2 day/time audition optionsor fill out application at The NEC offices 303 W 42 St Suite 501 NYC, NY 10036
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There are 2 ten week workshops:

Mondays March 29 7:00pm-10pm is The Actor’s Intensive is unique because it offers a solid character actor’s training from the point of view of Afro-Latin living arts, culture and history. A safe, physical approach to Monologue and Scene Work, Improvisation, Script Analysis, Michael Chekhov Character and Atmosphere Work, Voice Production and Articulation, Accents and comparative styles of Afro/Latin dance and music for the black actor, will make you a more versatile and confident performer. This 10 week workshop culminates in a show for casting professionals and invited guests on July 9.                                                                              MONEY FOR THE ARTS NY 5 BOROUGHS AT DCA

Wednesdays April 21 7:00-10pm Beyond Shakespeare: Classical Acting in Living Color African history and theatre started long before The Revolutionary War in the 1770’s. Alexander Dumas and Alexander Pushkin were writers of African descent, and Beetoven was a brown-skinned composer. 1 in 3 cowboys were black. Yet, we don’t see African-Americans cast in The Three Musketeers or Les Miserables! Do you know enough to debate your right to be cast in these roles? Get training in a variety of old world acting styles. Learn about Black writers and arts from around the world. Learn to decipher and play Shakespeare with conversational ease, classical techniques used at The National Shakespeare Conservatory and voice techniques used at NYU and Royal Shakespeare, London. Learn to compare the texts of classic mainstream writers to multi-cultural traditional arts, techniques and writers. Find out how African theatre history and literature relate to your approach to classic texts. The 10 week course can culminate in participation in the show for invited casting professionals and guests.
If you are interested in taking either of these courses please email: with your request, picture, resume, name, phone number, email, address and 2 auditions day/time choices.

Auditions will be held at The Negro Ensemble Company Offices 303 W 42nd St Suite 501 New York, NY 10036 212 582-5860 or 347 560 3312
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Our participants have gone on to do these speaking roles on

Film & TV: Misunderstood, directed by The Wire’s Clark Johnson; Law & Order; One Life to Live; and “Red Lobster” commercial, Commercials: Gilla Roos: Toys R Us, film:CRYSALIS, He Said, She Said: A Romantic Comedy at Times Square Theatre Center Producer’sClub, HBO TV, the UN , Movie “One Hit Wonder”                                           NYFA SOURCE LISTINGS

Many are leaders in their fields:
Dara Hosted TV shows on Comcast Cable and ABC’s Black Family Channel,
Kimberlyn Crawford produced “SHHH!! Sex Play” Readings and is KAVON Producer of The MisAdventures of Olive Sukin


Mid-Summer Nights Dream at the Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Manhattan Rep Theatre, Susan Lori Parks Top Dog Underdog, Sonya Sanchez’s, first play The Bronx is Next at Riverside Church NEC’s Savannah Black & Blue and Zooman and the Sign,Hamletmachine at Castillio Thr, Wild About Harry, History of the Word(tour), OHIO Thr, Film & Roots of Rap, written by Marie McKinney; and Michael Rockefeller with Dog Run Repertory. The limited run of the NewYork Premiere of Caligula with Horizon Repertory at the Kirk Theatre on Theatre Row, “Passing” was produced by NEC in March 2008. wrote “Shades Of War.” Jim Jones: Hip Hop Monologues, artist’s latest 2009 album, 3 particpants were invited to Advanced Training Pogram at Harvard: Moscow

NEC Training Program participants have played at a variety of theatres:
New Federal Theatre, Washington Shakespeare, LA MAMA THEATRE/ TOURING, IRT, TARGET MARGIN THEATER,THE THEATER OF TOMORROW, Ridge Repertory Co, Sassy’s Variety Show at Broadway Comedy Club, The Living Theater, Theatreworks, North Shore Music Theater, Riverside Church Theatres, Paul Robeson Theatre, Negro Ensemble Company,…

“It was a great honor to work with Marie McKinney – she is a well of information: historical facts. literature, theater, grants, voice, movement… like coming across a “rare groove” when that groove hits you for the first time, it stays with you a long time. Really powerful stuff, with a lot of layers drama/comedy/accents! She is very in touch with how to develop strong characters .I gained a lot of knowledge and confidence in her class, and I had it inside of me the whole time, but she helped bring it out.I was a little green to the whole classical theater that the NEC is famous for. Marie is a very strong actress herself so there are a lot of gems you get just by listening when she speaks.” Kymbali Craig in Film Low Low, Bailey’s Cafe, The Passage: Stories of the MAAFA
KYMBALI CRAIG on location film LowLow
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Training Program Alums:

Marie McKinney
Director of Education
Negro Ensemble Company                                                    THE BRITISH LIBRARY’S BLACK EUROPEANS