Andrea Ambam is a politically-engaged storyteller whose work interrogates the art's potential for movement-building and transformative justice.
Andrea Ambam is a performance artist and writer whose roots sprout from Cameroon. As a politically-engaged artist who believes in the art’s potential for movement-building and transformative justice, Andrea puts narrative to use, creating theatrical experiences that world bend and record truth.
Currently, Andrea is a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Artistic Fellow and the Programming Manager at Level Forward, where she hosts the Anthem Award-winning podcast More To Talk About. She has developed her multi-hyphenated practice as a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, a Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Artist-In-Residence, an Artistic Fellow with Signature Theatre, a Writing As Activism Fellow with PEN America, an Artivism Fellow with Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC), an Artist-in-Residence for Anna Deavere Smith, an EmergeNYC Fellow, and as a competitive public speaker/performer where she was been awarded 10 national championships including "Top Speaker in the Nation'' three times, and gone on to debate conservative pundits on live TV.
As a performer, writer, and facilitator, she’s worked with Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Level Forward, Harlem9, Classical Theatre of Harlem, gal-dem, Abrons Arts Center, NYU Prison Education Program, NYU Verbatim Performance Lab, and others. Her plays include: Fragile State (Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship 2022-23), R(estoration) I(n) P(rogress) (NYU Educational Theatre/Provincetown Playhouse 2023, ANPF Semifinalist 2021, Playwrights Realm Semifinalist 2021), Rehearsing Justice: A One-Woman Show (Presentations with BAX 2022 & BAC 2021), and Angelina Weld Grimke (Classical Theatre of Harlem/Playbill, Broadway Podcast Network).
Andrea lives in Brooklyn where the rent is too damn high and holds a Master’s degree in Art & Public Policy from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
New York Theatre Workshop welcomes the new 2050 Artistic Fellows! The cohort includes Andrea Ambam, Emily Abrams, Raz Golden, Celeste Jennings, Ying Ying Li, and Nicholas Polonio.
The Obie-Award Winning collective, Harlem9, has named the playwrights who will participate in the 12th annual 48Hours in…Harlem Festival. This year’s playwrights are Andrea Ambam, Christin Eve Cato, Julienne Hairston, Johnny G. Lloyd, a.k. payne, and M.D. Schaffer.
The Playwrights Realm Writing fellowship culminates with 2023 INK’D Festival of New Plays with new work from Andrea Ambam, Jesse Jae Hoon, Alyssa Haddad-Chin, and Alex Lin.
More To Talk About WINS an anthem award for "Podcast or audio show, episode or series that aims to raise awareness for an Education, Art & Culture Cause."
NYU Educational Theatre presents: R(estoration) I(n) P(rogress) by Andrea Ambam at Provincetown Playhouse from February 24- March 5, 2023. Learn more about the production here.
Listen to "More To Talk About" - a new podcast giving you creative, current, & critical conversations with the culture-makers and creators of boundary-pushing theatrical and cinematic work. Featuring conversations with Robert O'Hara, Vanessa Williams, Gloria Steinem, and more!
"This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal."
- Toni Morrison
From an afro-futurist solo show following a time-traveling Ida B. Wells to a debate with Tucker Carlson on reparations, here are some examples of how I attempt to stir storytelling with social change at every turn.