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Nov 1-24, 2019

OFF - BROADWAY at HERE Arts Center

145 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013

11 Shows to see this Weekend - New York Times

Part installation, part durational performance, and completely mesmerizing, The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America invites audiences to experience brave, inclusive narratives about the creation of America, and its re-telling in our schools, media, and communities. Zoey Martinson, in collaboration with Smoke and Mirrors Collaborative, will be transforming HERE’s entire space – dressing rooms, hallways, lounge, theatre spaces – into The Black History Museum… for audiences of all backgrounds to experience representations of life as a Black American throughout history.

"It is not bleak, it is not hit you over the head dogmatic, it is funny and endearing and damn clever, taking what we know and twisting it, uncovering what we thought we knew and shining a light on it, stating the obvious in surprising ways. I urge you to see this remarkable piece of theatre, art, music, dance. Having seen many of the shows currently on and off-broadway about race in this country, this one is one of the BEST if not THE BEST, entertaining, educational, engaging and submerging you in the whole experience." - The Front Row Center

"...part theater, part museum — an impressively ambitious collaborative effort by a veritable army of African-American artists." - New York Theatre

"The Black History Museum, like many works of art, requires its audience to put some of themselves into the piece.  This production is meant to be experienced.  In my head, I heard my relatives." -

"...amusing, stimulating, upsetting, and unique experience." -


Nov 1- 24, 2019

Tue-Sat @ 7pm

Sat & Sun @ 3pm

$35 General Admission

$50 Pay It Forward

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The Collaborative...

Conceived and Directed     Zoey Martinson

Written                               Zoey Martinson

                                            Kareem M. Lucas

                                            Jonathan Braylock


Additional Writing by:     Robert King

                                           Shenovia Large


Choreography                  Francesca Harper 


Composed                          Avi Amon


Scenic Design                    D'Vaughn Agu

Costume Design               Ari Fulton 

Lighting Design                 Ayumu Poe Saegusa

Projection Design             Brittany Bland

Dramaturge                      Arminda Thomas


Visual Art and Installations:   

                                   Brandan "B-mike” Odums 

                                   Paula Champagne

                                   Kalin Norman

                                   Shariffa Ali

                                   Laetitia Ky

                                   Yusef Miller



                            Kareem M. Lucas*

                            Robert King

                            Marcia Berry

                            Landon Woodson*

                            Tabatha Gayle*

                            Toni Ann DeNoble*

                            Langston Darby


DANCERS:          Latra Wilson

                            Telly Fowler

                            Taylor Boyland

                            Eury German

*Actors Appear Curtsey of Actors Equity


Video Designer / Director            Zoey Martinson

Cinematography                            Katherine Castro

Animator / VFX:                             Daria Amai Shelton

Video Dancers                               Briana Reed and Lloyd Boyd

Lighting Design / Gaffer:              Justin W. King



Production Manager                      Clementine Seely

Technical Director                           Steven Brenman

Stage Manager                                 Alex B. West

Assistant Stage Manager                Josephine Ronga

Researcher                                       A.J. Muhammad

Casting Director Actors                  Katie Houben Casting

Casting Director Dancers               Josephine Ronga

Marketing for Smoke & Mirrors    Augustus Cook

Costume Fabrication                      Timmy Schues

Costume Assistant                          Sarah Gallegos



Additional support for The Black History Museum provided by mediaThe Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and with support from The Made in NY Women’s Film, TV & Theatre Fund by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in association with The New York Foundation for the Arts. Developmental support has been provided by a Creative Residency at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland and Hi-Arts Critical Break Residency.


Meet the Cast of Black History Museum!

Workshop in New Orleans with the Black History Museum creative team.

Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative /© All Rights Reserved

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