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 pulsates at the intersection of storytelling and truth-telling via the creation of embodied theatrical experiences.
Currently, Andrea is a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, a Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Artist-In-Residence, and the Programming Manager and Host at Level Forward. She has developed her multi-hyphenated practice as an Artistic Fellow with Signature Theatre, a Writing As Activism with PEN America, a freelance dramaturg, an Inaugural Artivism Fellow with Broadway Advocacy Coalition, 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/performer where she has 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, Classical Theatre of Harlem, gal-dem, Abrons Arts Center, NYU Prison Education Program, NYU Verbatim Performance Lab, and others. Her plays include: Rehearsing Justice: A One-Woman Show (Presentations at Brooklyn Arts Exchange & Broadway Advocacy Coalition’s Fellowship Hall), R(estoration) I(n) P(rogress) (Ashland New Plays Festival Semifinalist 2021, NYU New Plays for Young Audiences Development Series 2021), Angelina Weld Grimke (Classical Theatre of Harlem/Playbill, Broadway Podcast Network) and Fragile State (Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship 2022-23).
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.
NYU Educational Theatre commissions R(estoration) I(n) P(rogress) as their Spring mainstage - opening at Provincetown Playhouse in February 2023.
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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
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.