the american theatre of harlem
The American Theatre of Harlem was founded by Hal DeWindt, an esteemed producer and director with a legacy in Hollywood film and as a stage director and acting instructor throughout the US. He returned to his Harlem roots in the spring of 1989 to start ATH for a new generation of actors of color with a mission to produce quality, professional theater with love and vision.
Hal trained actors through ongoing workshops in a technique honed by years of experience, and also produced and directed several plays which gave students the practice needed to compete in this complex industry.
In the fall of 1994, Hal became ill and asked Keith Johnston, a founding member of American Theatre of Harlem, to take over his classes. Hal made his transition in June of 1997 but his dedication to excellence and professionalism lives on in the ATH Actors Workshop led by Keith as Artistic Director.
Keith has continued Hal’s legacy, leading actors’ workshops and arts in education sessions. Under Keith’s leadership, American Theatre of Harlem has continued to create new opportunities for emerging writers, directors, producers, and actors to develop their craft through the SEASONS One Act Festival, Cultures Collide Film Festival and the BHop Lounge, a wildly successful intergenerational open mic.
With its motto, Building Community through Theatre, American Theatre of Harlem is dedicated to producing affordable, quality, theater and healthy professional development.