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City College Supporting New Haarlem Arts Theater

City College of New York (CCNY) is launching New Haarlem Arts Theatre (NHAT), a new professional theater company, in residence at Aaron Davis Hall. In addition to expanding CCNY's Department of Theatre and Speech and presenting more culture uptown, according to a released statement, the theater hopes to become among the best in the nation. One of the ways it plans to accomplish that goal is by giving aspiring CCNY artists the chance to work alongside theater professionals at NHAT.

CCNY's endeavor comes at a time when many artistic organizations and institutions are struggling financially. The National Black Theater, another Harlem theater, faced debt and foreclosure in February.

The new theater's inaugural season will take place this summer. At Aaron Davis Hall's Theatre B, NHAT will produce "Blues for Mister Charlie," directed by Eugene Nesmith, the theater's artistic director and founder, and the musical revue "It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues."    

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So happy to hear about NHAT. It is a long time coming. Congratulations to Eugene and all who made this an opportunity at CCNY.

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