ANDREA AMBAM

STORYTELLER | TRUTHTELLER 

 

about

Andrea Ambam is a politically-engaged performance artist and writer who challenges the art's potential for movement-building and transformative justice.

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performer. Writer. Educator.

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Andrea Ambam is a Brooklyn-based artist, actress, and playwright, whose roots sprout from Cameroon. As a politically engaged storyteller who believes in the art’s potential for movement building and transformative justice, Andrea best intersects spaces where community, performance, and truth-telling pulsate. She has developed her practice as an Inaugural Artivism Fellow with Broadway Advocacy Coalition where she premiered the first presentation of her debut solo show "Rehearsing Justice", an Artist-in-Residence for Anna Deavere Smith, an EmergeNYC Fellow at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and as a competitive public speaker where she has been awarded 10 national championships, "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 Classical Theatre of Harlem/Playbill, gal-dem, Abrons Arts Center, NYU Prison Education Program, NYU Verbatim Performance Lab, Artists’ Literacies Institute, Centre for Social Innovation, and others. Recent acting credits include: Making Gay History: Before Stonewall (Provincetown Playhouse); Re-Writing the Declaration (Free Street Theater). Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Art & Public Policy from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. 

CURRENTLY

  • As a part of her Artivism Fellowship with Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Andrea is premiering a special work-in-progress viewing of her debut one-woman show, REHEARSING JUSTICE. Viewing available for a limited time only here. 

  • Andrea works at Girls Write Now as a Community Coordinator, where she curates, produces, and (sometimes!) hosts arts education workshops and special events with a focus on social justice. 

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"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

art(work)

In her work, Andrea often uses the manipulation of time, poetic text, and ethnographic material to write and perform stories where Black identity fills, overwhelms, and disrupts the center; and where justice, that is denied to Black people by the State, can be explored and reimagined in the body.

 
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"As a culture worker who belongs to an oppressed people my job is to make revolution irresistible"

- Toni cade Bambara

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