Ronald K Brown/evidence
Ronald K Brown/ Evidence has called Restoration Plaza home for over twelve years. The Billie provides Ronald K. Brown/Evidence with 100% subsidized rehearsal, office, and performance space, marketing and development support, and an annual honorarium to mount performances and host community workshops.
Kicking off The Billie’s season for the past five years, Evidence performs a weekend concert series each September on The Billie’s mainstage. Another much anticipated community tradition, each August Evidence conducts its signature two-week summer intensive which culminates in an outdoor community performance attended by thousands in Restoration Plaza.
FRANK SILVERA WRITERS WORKSHOP
An organization devoted to developing, and supporting new and known playwrights telling stories of the African-American and African Diasporas.
Since 2016 FSWW has been in residence at the Billie Holiday Theatre.
NOVA FRONTIER FILM FESTIVAL
The Billie has partnered with Nova Frontier since its inception in 2018. The NOVA Frontier Film Festival is an aptly-timed film festival and non-profit youth lab committed to enhancing and incubating the works of filmmakers and artists from the African Diaspora, the Middle East, and Latin America.
This year’s partnership also included for the first time Laurel Channel TV. Founded by filmmaker Theodore Adams, Laurel is a streaming platform that presents films which have won awards at vetted film festivals around the world.
Together our 2020 program consisted of 17 curated long and short-form films, panels, performance, and interactive experiences that tackle timeless issues of family, global migration, and community, with immigration and cultural identity.
RESIDENCES / OTHER PROGRAMMING
The Billie’s Summer Fest is a much-anticipated series of free outdoor events taking place in Restoration Plaza each July and August. Programming includes weekly film screenings, Soul Summit dance parties, concerts featuring partners like the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, and dance workshops and performances including our lead resident, Ronald K Brown/Evidence.
Our Annual Restoration Rocks music festival takes place each October, drawing thousands to Fulton Street for such headline acts as Big Daddy Kane, Brand Nubian, Mos Def, Chrisette Michele, and many others.
Launched in 2018, Skylight Open’s is The Billie’s monthly music and spoken word series featuring cutting edge Brooklyn-based talent. Some 6 musicians and spoken word artists are presented each month with past artists including Alia Pierre, Inaya Day, Tai Allen Phoenix, and Keisha Gaye Anderson, to name a few.
Each year The Billie is pleased to bring Central Brooklyn 3-4 visual arts exhibits focusing on themes of racial equity and social justice. Past exhibits have included Luba Lukova, whose works are on permanent display at the MOMA, and Aaron Simms. While social distancing mandates continue, we will have our visual arts platform outdoors and online.
Launched in 1991 in response to a dearth in affordable rehearsal space in NYC, the program has since served over 40 choreographers with a focus on emerging choreographers of African descent.
The Billie provides 100% subsidized space including a minimum of 50 hours of rehearsal space annually, performance opportunities throughout the year, and marketing-administrative supports. In return, our choreographers host master classes and choreographic showcases. Each year ChoreoQuest Fellows are selected to receive an annual honoraria. 2022 Fellows were Nathan Trice and Edissa Weeks.