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Yvette Heyliger on the Artist as Activist

Here is a new HowlRound article by TheatreNow! Season One guest Yvette Heyliger.

Excerpt: “Artists are the gate keepers of truth. We are civilization’s radical voice.” so said singer, actor, social activist, lawyer and athlete, the great Paul Robeson. Robeson may not have been the first, but he was certainly one of the most outspoken citizen-artists of his day, choosing to set aside his theatrical career to become politically involved—fighting for the causes he believed in, even though it meant his own financial ruin.

What makes a human being, against his own “best interests,” fight for those less fortunate, for the voiceless and the downtrodden?

– See more at: http://howlround.com/artist-as-activist-civilization%E2%80%99s-radical-voice#sthash.ijwCZ3oF.dpuf


Congratulations to Season One Guest Yvette Heyliger, who continues to perform her one woman show BRIDGE TO BARAKA. Catch her in NY or LA. Yvette completed an MFA in Playwrighting from Queens College a couple of years ago, and has returned to the stage as well as continuing as an active producer.

Yvette Heyliger on stage

1 More Show in NY for Black History Month
1 Show in LA for Women’s History Month

Playwright/actor Yvette Heyliger is pleased to announce that during Back History Month she will be performing 30 minutes of her solo show, Bridge to Baraka, directed by Mario Giacalone in John Chatterton’s Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival. The remaining show is on Sunday, February 24th @ 4:15pm, Roy Arias Theatre, 300 West 43rd Street # 402 (at 8th Avenue). Tickets are $13.00. Click here to purchase your tickets today! A Talk back with the playwright following the show can be arranged upon request

Emboldened by the 1960’s Black Arts Movement, Yvette X stakes her claim as a female dramatist coming of age during the ongoing fight for parity in the American Theatre. Bridge to Baraka is Yvette’s first one-woman show and marks her return to performing since appearing on the NBC hit, Cosby Show. Martin Denton, nytheatre.com critic, said, “Heyliger has clearly carved out a successful life for herself since then as actor and then playwright/activist (she’s a notable campaigner for parity for women playwrights on the American stage).”

During Women’s History Month, Yvette is pleased to announce that she will be heading to the West Coast to perform Bridge to Baraka in the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. The show will be at the Renberg Theater on Friday, March 22nd @ 8pm. For tickets and information visit http://www.lawtf.org.

Photo by Miriam Berkley

Yvette Heyliger on the Air

RE-AIRING SATURDAY @ 8:30PM! AUDELCO winner, playwright/producer, Obama Fellow YVETTE HEYLIGER on INSIDE NEW YORK. Three ways to tune in! Time Warner Cable, channel 56; http://www.mnn.org, channel 2; or RNC channel 83.

Yvette talks with host Joan Allen about her career in theater as an actress (Cosby Show), producing artist (Twinbiz) and playwright and the plight of women in theater today! She recently produced, “A Seat at the Table,” a standing room only reading of 10 minute plays by women of color! Yvette also discusses the role of activism and her decision to become a volunteer in Obama’s re-election campaign. Don’t miss it!


Congratulations to Season One guest Yvette Heyliger, who will have a reading of her new play in NYC.


Monday, December 19th, 7-10pm

Frank Silvera Writer’s Workshop

Location: Dwyer Cultural Center
258 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY
(entrance on W. 123rd St. btw St. Nicholas & Frederick Douglass Blvd)\

Yvonne Farrow Named to Board of LAWTF

Congratulations to Season One guest Yvonne Farrow, who is based in Los Angeles.Yvonne Farrow is the newest member of the Board of Directors at the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival where she was recently elected Sergeant of Arms.LAWTF is currently gearing up for their exciting 19th Annual Festival from March 22-25, 2012 at the Electric Lodge located at 1416 Electric Lodge, Venice, CA.

Yvonne is a producing artist and co-partner in the production company, Twinbiz. With twenty-five plus productions under their belts, Yvonne was awarded the first ever Emerging Producer Award at the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival with partner, Yvette Heyliger.

In February 2011, Twinbiz launched its annual National Black HIV/AIDS Theatre Initiative, commemorated with a Resolution from the City of Los Angeles. Also an award-winning actress, producer, filmmaker, choralographer and Metaphysical Minster, Farrow has a wealth of experience from which to pull in service to the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival and is very much looking forward to her tenure there.

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival empowers women artists to engage and inspire communities through the production of multidisciplinary solo performances and educational outreach. The annual Festival honors and celebrates the achievements of extraordinary women in theatre. For more information visit www.lawtf.com.

Yvette Heyliger and Yvonne Farrow Win Emerging Producers Award

Winners of the National Black Theatre Festival's Emerging Producer Award

Congratulations, TheatreNow! guests Yvette Heyliger and Yvonne Farrow.

As Twinbiz™ partners (twins in the business), they have been selected to receive the inaugural National Black Theatre Festival Emerging Producer Award. The festival, which showcases outstanding Black Theatre from around the country, will be held August 1 – 6, 2011 in Winston-Salem, NC. The twins will be presented with this honor at the Opening Night Gala Awards Banquet on August 1st.

The National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF), founded by the late Larry Leon Hamlin, has been held biennially since 1989. The event attracts thousands of national and international patrons, theatre professionals and scholars to Winston-Salem. Approximately 35 companies are selected to perform during the week for a total of over 100 performances. For more information and to buy tickets visit http://www.nbtf.org.

The NBTF Emerging Producer Award was created to celebrate the achievements of rising theatrical producers, to encourage their continued growth in the industry, and to bring about the awareness of the need to both reach back to acknowledge those independent producers who have been in the trenches presenting work “by any means necessary,” as well as to inspire and raise-up new producers of color. This award ensures the health, longevity and future of Black Theatre, work for its theatre artists, and the continued inclusion of black plays in the canon of American Theatre.

The twins have been “producing coast to coast” for over twenty years. The TheatreNow! interview revealed the creative process of WWDJ?, written and directed by Yvette, and starring Yvonne.

For a full press release, contact Yvette at twinbiznyc@aol.com

Yvette Heyliger’s WWJD? Nominated for 9 Audelco Awards

Twin sisters Yvette Heyliger and Yvonne Farrow capped off Season One of TheatreNow! with a two-part interview. Each spoke about her own artistic path, and also their forays into collaboration with one another.

In the Spring, Yvette’s play WWJD? enjoyed a sold-out run at the Billie Holliday Theatre in Brooklyn. Yvonne starred in the show. We’ve just learned that WWJD? has been nominated for nine Audelco Awards.

Congratulations! You can learn more about Yvette and Yvonne’s artistry at http://www.twinbiz.com.