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  • Writer's pictureNew York Theatre Salon

Voices of Harlem

In honor of Black History Month, our February salon will be focused on Harlem playwrights who write their stories to build empathy and community.

Feb. 25th (Common Good Harlem)

Host: Kristin Dodson

Panelists: Ren Dara Santiago, Eric Lockley, Nikki Vera

6:30-7PM quick mingle session

7 - 8:30PM Panel discussion & Q&A


Ren Dara Santiago is a Fila-Rican playwright from Yonkers and Harlem. She is the 2019-2020 Tow Playwright-in-Residence at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Something in the Balete Tree, a 2019 Finalist in the National Playwrights Conference, was written with the support of Gingold Theatrical Group, Clubbed Thumb, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. The Siblings Play has had development at The Cherry Lane Theatre (Mentor Project), Labyrinth Theater, MCC Theater, and Ojai Playwrights Conference. Other plays include Battle; Come to Starr Street; The Gods Play; Little Stories; Big World; Love + Animation. She is a teaching artist with The National Theater Institute, The Young Women’s Leadership School, and the Playwriting Lab at MCC Youth Company; guest artist in Playgrounds at The Lark; member of Rising Phoenix Rep; founding member & former Artistic Producer of Middle Voice at Rattlestick; & an eternal member of The Baldwin Project by Lucy Thurber. Santiago is the proud recipient of the MCC Alumni Award and the inaugural recipient of Rising Phoenix Rep’s Cornelia Street American Playwriting Award.

Eric Lockley is an actor, writer, improviser and producer. Film/TV credits include Luke Cage, First Reformed and stage credits include #DateMe, Choir Boy and The Sporting Life of Icarus Jones. Eric is a founder of and producer with two Obie-winning organizations, The Movement Theatre Company and Harlem9. You can experience his award-winning comedic digital series Blacker and his inspirational short, “The Jump” streaming online. Visit:

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