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. Producer.
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 2021 Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Artist-In-Residence. 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 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). 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: A One-Woman Show (Broadway Advocacy Coalition’s 2021 Fellowship Hall), and Angelina Weld Grimke (Classical Theatre of Harlem/Playbill, 2021). Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Art & Public Policy from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Andrea is a 2021 Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Artist-In-Residence.
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 is available for a limited time only here.
Andrea recently transitioned out of her work at Girls Write Now where she curated, produced, and (sometimes!) hosted arts education workshops and special events with a focus on social justice.