The Center at West Park is a home for arts, culture, and community in the landmark West Park Presbyterian Church on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. The Center is a secular not-for-profit organization that offers a diverse range of programs for artists, audiences, and the neighborhood; manages the building’s venues; and stewards the restoration of its historic exterior.
The Black Panther Party changed the course of history in the turbulent 1960s and 70s. We know the men that made a difference... but what about the women? Black Panther Women features an all-female cast playing all roles – male and female.
You may have heard of Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, who founded the Black Panther Party organization in 1966. While the mainstream image of the Panther Party has been limited to armed men in black berets, the reality is that within three years of their founding, two-thirds of the Panther Party were women who helped lead social programs that changed their communities. You may not know about women who played pivotal roles in the group's advancement such as Kathleen Cleaver, Ericka Huggins, Assata Shakur, and Afeni Shakur (mother of the late rapper Tupac Shakur). Women helped hold the party together while FBI COINTELPRO tactics brought them down. This powerful play examines the personal challenges women faced within the organization.
We invite you to celebrate this Black History Month and Women's History Month by hearing their stories and becoming familiar with their struggles as they fight for justice, all for the love of the people.
This March, enjoy four Shakespeare-packed events at The Center at West Park! Dozens of your favorite theatre companies will be attending and presenting, including:
As You Will - Bottoms Dream - Classics on the Rocks - Drunk Shakespeare - Hamlet Isn't Dead - Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre - Moonshot Theatre Company - Occupy Verona & Barefoot Shakespeare - Puppet Shakespeare Players - The Shakespeare Forum - South Dakota Shakespeare Festival - Underling Productions - and many more!
Our Artist Residency program provides affordable space for performing artists to develop and present their work in the grand 420-seat Sanctuary Theater and the intimate 74-seat Balcony Theater. Applications for the Spring 2018 season are closed.
The Center at West Park’s Arts Leaders Fellowship Program is an opportunity for early career arts professionals to build skills and experience while shaping the direction of a new arts and culture center in a historic building on the Upper West Side.Fellowship positions include Arts Education, Arts Management, Development, Outreach, and Technical and Facilities. All fellows receive a $2500 stipend. Applications for Spring 2018 are due Friday, January 5 at 5pm.
OBJECT MOVEMENT is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. The purpose of the program is to develop new work and advance existing works-in-progress that address social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical questions through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of performances. Participants will meet weekly as a group to share the progress of their pieces and offer feedback. The group is moderated by a curatorial team of puppetry artists and producers. Group meetings will be from September 2017 through Spring 2018, culminating in a festival of performances.
We value work that challenges aesthetic and cultural boundaries, builds lasting relationships among artists and audiences, engages with underserved and underrepresented communities, and is created and presented in inclusive contexts.