Andrea Ambam is a politically-engaged performance artist who investigates the art's potential for movement-building and transformative justice.
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.
Currently, Andrea is an Artistic Fellow at Signature Theatre, a Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Artist-In-Residence, and a PenAmerica Writing As Activism Fellow. She has developed her practice as 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/Slave Play, Classical Theatre of Harlem/Playbill, gal-dem, Abrons Arts Center, NYU Prison Education Program, Artists’ Literacies Institute, Centre for Social Innovation, and others. Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Art & Public Policy from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Andrea is performing her debut solo show, Rehearsing Justice, at Brooklyn Arts Exchange from May 21-May 22. Purchase tickets here.
Andrea is the host of Level Forward's "More To Talk About" a new podcast focused on intimate conversations with creatives and culture-makers of boundary-pushing work on stage and screen.
"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.