STORYTELLER | TRUTHTELLER
Andrea Ambam is a politically-engaged performance artist who challenges the art's potential for movement-building and transformative justice.
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actress. Writer. facilitator
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 a Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Artist-In-Residence and serves as a Lead Facilitator for Broadway Advocacy Coalition's Reimagining Equitable Productions workshops addressing racial equity within broadway, off-broadway, and touring theatre companies. 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 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. Recent acting credits include: Making Gay History: Before Stonewall (Provincetown Playhouse); Re-Writing the Declaration (Free Street Theater). Her plays include: R(estoration) I(n) P(rogress) (2021 NYU New Plays For Young Audiences Festival; 2021 Ashland New Plays Festival Semifinalist), Rehearsing Justice (Broadway Advocacy Coalition’s Fellowship Hall), and Angelina Weld Grimke (Classical Theatre of Harlem/Playbill). Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Art & Public Policy from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is in the core acting ensemble of the New York University Verbatim Performance Lab.
Andrea moderates Level Forward's and Slave Play Broadway's "More To Talk About" series, featuring intimate conversations with the cast and creative team of Slave Play.
Andrea is a 2021 Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Artist-In-Residence.
As a part of her Artivism Fellowship with Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Andrea premiered a special work-in-progress viewing of her debut one-woman show, Rehearsing Justice. Viewing is available here.
Andrea curated, produced, and (sometimes!) hosted writing workshops and special events with a special focus on social justice for Girls Write Now.