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Richarda Abrams, daughter of the late Dr. Muhal Richard Abrams, musician/composer/visionary/co-founder of the Association For The Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), is a three-time AUDELCO award-winning actress/singer/playwright/producer of First By Faith: The Life Of Mary McLeod Bethune, receiving the 2019 AUDELCO VIV Award for Solo Performance of the Year. First By Faith SOLDOUT the National Black Theatre Festival, and was named the Best Of Solo Theatre in the last 10 years by United Solo Theatre Festival, winning their 2018 Best Educational Show Award, also receiving a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant. www.FirstByFaith.com

Richarda, recorded the CD SONG FOR ALL (Black Saint Records) with her dad and performed in Muhal Richard Abrams’ Ensemble.

Richarda is a member of Amina Claudine Myers' Generation IV a female gospel group, Myers’ Voice Choir and has performed at NYC Winter Jazz, Bric Jazz Festivals, and Sons D'Hiver Music Festival, FRANCE.

Richarda’s theatrical performances include Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Ivoryton Playhouse), Last Days of Judas Iscariot, director Estelle Parsons (La Mama) and Fear Itself (Crossroads). Off Broadway performances: The Public Theater, Cherry Lane, 2nd Stage, Acting Company, Multi Stages, Theatre 167, 14th Street Y, Yara and European tours and UKRAINE. Richarda’s film and television credits include: The Subject by Chisa Hutchinson, The Riverside Bench, Oreos With Attitude (Showtime), Sesame Street, One Life To Live, As The World Turns, Cosby, and LIFETIME’s Sherri.
Richarda is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Experimental Theatre Wing and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors in Acting. She received a Master of Arts in Educational Theater, from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, studying Drama and Theatre in Education abroad at the University of Leeds, Bretton Hall College in ENGLAND. Memberships include: AEA, SAG-AFTRA, AACM, Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio, Dramatists Guild, NYWIFT & League of Professional Theatre Women where she has served on the Board. Richarda is currently writing Bethune (working title), a full length play about the great African American heroine Mary McLeod Bethune, a world- renowned educator and civil rights activist who founded one of the first Historically Black Universities in the United States. First By Faith: The Life of Mary McLeod Bethune and Bethune are fiscally sponsored projects of New York Foundation for the Arts. Bethune has received a NYSCA grant.

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La MaMa Revival, 2017
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Cast Set For AMERICAN ROT at La MaMa

AMERICAN ROT – a new play by Kate Taney Billingsley, directed by Estelle Parsons – will be given its world-premiere production at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre. Find out who is starring in the production here!
RPR Productions Presents BIG MAMA AND ME At Episcopal Actors Guild In NYC

Richarda Abrams' new play, 'Big Mama and Me,' explores the intergenerational relationship between a grandmother and granddaughter. Set in the South and Midwest, the play tells the story of Big Mama, a patented inventor and accomplished composer, and the impact she had on those around her. Presented by RPR Productions, the world premiere runs from March 6-9 at the Episcopal Actors Guild in NYC. Featuring music direction by Amina Claudine Myers and co-production by Peggy Abrams.
New Federal Theatre to Present TELLING TALES OUT OF SCHOOL Beginning Next Month

Four women writers of the Harlem Renaissance meet in 'Telling Tales Out of School' by Wesley Brown, directed by Woodie King, Jr. at Castillo Theatre/ASP. The play offers a unique perspective on the Harlem Renaissance by providing a character study of four of its most-noted female prime movers. Check out event information here!
Woodie King, Jr. Directs the World Premiere of TELLING TALES OUT OF SCHOOL by Wesley Brown at the Castillo Theatre

Following a  work in progress of the play last May, New Federal Theatre (NFT) will present the world premiere of 'Telling Tales Out of School,' a new play by Wesley Brown. Learn more about the play and find out how to get tickets here!
Park Avenue Armory's Artists Studio Series Continues To Spotlight Legendary Collective AACM This Fall

Discover the continuation of Park Avenue Armory's Artists Studio Series, shining a spotlight on the legendary collective AACM. Experience performances and premieres by Ge. Don't miss out on this fall's exciting lineup.
The Actors Studio to Host Events Featuring Lois Smith & Celebrations of BIPOC Membership in May

In May, The Actors Studio will continue its 75th Anniversary celebration as the world’s most celebrated and influential membership association for professional actors, directors and playwrights.
TELLING TALES OUT OF SCHOOL to Open at New Federal Theatre Next Week

New Federal Theatre will present 'Telling Tales Out of School,' a new play by Wesley Brown, from May 2 to 7 as a work in progress at Castillo Theatre/ASP.
New Federal Theatre to Present TELLING TALES OUT OF SCHOOL in May

New Federal Theatre will present 'Telling Tales Out of School,' a new play by Wesley Brown, from May 2 to 7 as a work in progress at Castillo Theatre/ASP.
The Actors Studio to Present THE PLAYWRIGHT: TALES FROM THE COLOR LINE This Spring

Continuing  its 75th Anniversary celebration as the world’s most celebrated and influential membership association for professional actors, directors and playwrights The Actors Studio will open its doors to the public for a special event, free and open to the public: The Playwright: Tales From The Color Line on Saturday, March 25 at 7PM.
The Actors Studio to Welcome the Public to Free Events, Including Play Readings & More

This Spring, The Actors Studio continues its 75th Anniversary celebration as the world’s most celebrated and influential membership association for professional actors, directors and playwrights.
The League of Professional Theatre Women Will Present the 2023 Rachel Crothers Leadership Award to Anna Deavere Smith

The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW) announced that its 2023 Rachel Crothers Leadership Award® will be given to Anna Deavere Smith, multi-award-winning playwright, actress, professor, and author. 
Tickets on Sale For the League of Professional Theatre Women's Theatre Women Awards

 The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW) will present its annual Theatre Women Awards on March 27th from 1 to 3 p.m., at The Green Fig Restaurant, Yotel Hotel, 570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036.
Photos: First Look At BETHUNE: OUR BLACK VELVET ROSE At Theaterlab

Richarda Abrams new play BETHUNE: Our Black Velvet Rose opened on October 9 at Theaterlab in New York City. The World Premiere is hosted by TLab Shares, produced by RPR Production and runs until October 23. The limited run is directed by Kathleen Brant, music direction by Amina Claudine Myers, co-produced by Peggy Abrams. See photos from the production.
BETHUNE: OUR BLACK VELVET ROSE To Have World Premiere At Theaterlab In NYC

TLab Shares hosts RPR Productions in The World Premiere of BETHUNE: Our Black Velvet Rose. The production runs October 7 - 23 with an official opening date of October 9 at Theaterlab in New York City.
American Bard Theater Company to Present Return Engagement of the World Premiere of ECHOES IN THE GARDEN

AMERICAN BARD THEATER COMPANY has announced that after a covid-shutdown on Opening Night, March 13, 2020, their production of Ross G. Hewitt’s ECHOES IN THE GARDEN, directed by Aimee Todoroff will have its World Premiere. 
Theater For The New City Will Offer HER TENNESSEE WALTZ By Toby Armour As A Radio Play

'Her Tennessee Waltz,' a radio play by Toby Armour, will be presented by Theater for the New City for Women's History Month. 
The League of Professional Theatre Women to Present Oral History Project with Micki Grant

The League of Professional Theatre Women will present an Oral History Project event with the award-winning composer, lyricist, playwright, and actress Micki Grant on Monday, November 16 at 6pm on Zoom. Admission to the event is FREE. The interview with Ms. Grant has been prerecorded, and will be followed by a live Q&A.
BWW Interview: At Home With Grace Garland

She sings jazz, blues, rock, cabaret and she goes where the audiences and the work are. She's a trouper and a diva and today Grace Garland chats with Stephen Mosher
Women's History Solo Show Series to be Co-Presented By The Theatre At The 14th Street Y

They weren't supposed to read, write, or look you in the eye. ... But they did. Three Women. Three Stories. Three Critically-Acclaimed Performances.

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