STORIES THAT MATTER

The Billie Holiday Theatre strives to produce and present productions and programs so dynamic in their relevance, content, and connection to our community that a positive transformation begs to take place.

A 45 YEAR LEGACY

Many of today's successful actors, writers, designers, and musicians developed their craft at The Billie Holiday Theatre. Samuel L. Jackson, Debbie Allen, Tichina Arnold, Bill Cobbs, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Carol Woods, Elaine Graham and Ebony JoAnn to name but a few. 

OUR FOUNDER | RESTORATION

The Center for Arts & Culture at Restoration promotes the rich legacy of the African and Caribbean Diaspora while using the arts as a vehicle for creative place-making, community enrichment and presenting art that seeks to strengthen democratic values, promote social justice and take on dialogues that inform and impact our community. 

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MEET THE BILLIE HOLIDAY THEATRE TEAM

Wayne Winborne

Board Chair

 

 

Colvin Grannum

Board Member

 

 

Antonia Yuillie Williams

Board Member

 

 

Depelsha Thomas McGruder

Board Member

 

 

 

1Dr.Indira Etwaroo

Executive Director

Dr. Indira Etwaroo, producer, educator, scholar and non-profit arts leader, has worked with institutions across the country and the world.

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Indira’s passion is exploring the complex intersections between community, performing and visual arts and the topics-of-our-time. Indira has received many awards and honors for her work, including being named one of the “40 under 40” national Black leaders by The Network Journal. Indira Etwaroo also serves as Executive Director for The Center for Arts & Culture at Restoration.

 

2Nikki Johnson

Producing Director

Nikki’s professional experiences are in the areas of arts management, production, touring, events and logistical planning.

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She has served as the Assistant Company Manager for the world famous Boys Choir of Harlem and Girls Choir of Harlem, Company Management Intern for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – Festival 2000, Production Coordinator and Stage Manager for the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festivals and has held various administrative and production positions with Jazz at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and Community Works

 

 

3Hollis King

Creative Director

Hollis A King is former vice-president and creative director at the Verve Music Group the largest jazz record label in the world.

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He studied advertising and design with legendary artist Milton Glaser. King joined the Verve Music Group, a division of Universal Music Company, and worked with some of the greatest musicians of all times.

King has received numerous achievement awards and citations as well as five Grammy Nominations. Currently Hollis runs his own creative company, sits on an executive board, and regularly lectures at FIT, SVA, Art Directors Club and Society of Illustrators.

 

4Marjorie Moon

Executive Director Emeritus

Renowned theater pioneer who led the Billie Holiday Theatre through extraordinary growth for 42 years. 

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Marjorie produced hundreds of plays and launched the careers of theater artists all over the country who have gone on to remarkable careers in film, TV and on Broadway. Marjorie made history when the theater transferred the hit play Inacent Black to Broadway with fifty percent of the financing being derived from the Black community; a first in the theatre world (as cited inThe New York Times), and unheard of prior to Inacent Black.