Mission

It is the mission of Colloquy Collective to present theatrical works in contexts that both examine and redefine those works' relationship to the identity politics, historical baggage, and community representations of patrons and participants.

Purpose

Colloquy Collective is a theatrical space for artists to expand their professional repertoire while recognizing the unique experiences created by their identity, history, and community. Through that, Colloquy Collective will expose the audience – particularly the audience of color—to the theatrical canon in contexts that acknowledges the identities, histories, and communities of that audience.

Simply, its purpose is threefold:

  • to create, present, and discuss performance-based works for a broad community;
  • to make both the creation and presentation of performance-based work more inclusive of all identities, cultures, and experiences; and,
  • to expose the public to performance-based work from a variety of traditions, cultures, and contexts.
Courtney Harge

Courtney Harge

Courtney Alisha Harge

Producing Artistic Director

Courtney Harge has been involved with arts organizations in various capacities for the last fifteen years: she was a company stage manager for her performing arts high school; a dance instructor; and founder/president of a performing arts organization. For the past five years, she has also worked in an administrative capacity for several NYC cultural institutions: Gibney Dance; the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center; the Public Theater; Theater for the New City; the New York Foundation for the Arts, and, currently, Fractured Atlas. She is also a proud member of the Membership Committee of Women of Color in the Arts, a 2016 alum of APAP's Emerging Leaders Institute and artEquity's Facilitator Training.

She received her Masters with Distinction in Arts & Cultural Management at the Pratt Institute in 2012. Courtney is also a 2006 graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors in Theatre Performance. While there, she co-founded an arts organization (SoYouSay) that created opportunities on campus for African- and African-American performers: that organization continued for nine years. 

She spent three years as a professional make-up artist in New York City: her work has been featured on a national wedding blog as well as in Cosmopolitan’s beauty blog. Working in both the non-profit arts and retail cosmetics industries has provided her with the skills to see and appreciate beauty in all of its forms.

Courtney is a lover of speech, knowledge, and know-how. She admires honesty – and tends to be the most honest when she has the most to lose. She strives for a full and complicated life; to make connections between people; to remember that anything can be funny; and to make sure those whom she cares about know she feels. She is a native of Saginaw, MI, whose entire existence is owed to those who love(d) her, and to these words, “I found God in myself and I loved her. I loved her fiercely.”

Darren Edward Johnston and Courtney Harge Photo Credit: Anita Shevett

Darren Edward Johnston and Courtney Harge

Photo Credit: Anita Shevett

Darren Edward Johnston

Artistic Director

Darren Edward Johnston is a director, producer, dramaturge, community organizer, and Artistic Director of Colloquy Collective. Recently, he assistant directed Mike Bartlett's Love, Love, Love at the Roundabout Theatre Company, with Michael Mayer, and Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes at the Public Theater, with Tina Landau, whom he also assisted on the pre-Broadway premiere of The Spongebob Musical in Chicago.

Collaborating with the Dirty Blondes, Darren directed Ashley Jacobson’s The American Play for the New York International Fringe Festival (which sold out its initial run, extended Off-Broadway into the Fringe’s Encore series, and won the 2015 FringeNYC Award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting) and served as Festival Artistic Director for DETROIT, NY, a collaborative performance between New York City and Detroit artists, featuring seven short plays, historical footage, short films, performance art, and live music.  

Productions under his direction have performed at the Atlantic Theater Company, Ugly Rhino Productions, the Fire This Time Festival, the Dirty Blondes, the Brick, the Fresh Fruit Festival, Mastodon Theatre Company, and more. Additionally, he has served on the staffs of the Public Theater, assisting Artistic Director Oskar Eustis in his producing Shakespeare in the Park, Broadway, and Off-Broadway theater in addition to his leadership of the Public’s inaugural capital campaign, and Tectonic Theater Project, where Darren helped shepherd multiple new play development processes--including an Afro-Cuban jazz adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen by Artistic Director Moises Kaufman and Grammy Award-winner Arturo O’Farrill, choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, and Daniel Beaty’s The Tallest Tree in the Forest.

From 2012-2014, Darren left the theater to work in politics. During that time, he served as Campaign Manager for Jenifer Rajkumar for City Council in NYC, a Field Organizer with Obama for America, Chief of Staff to the Manhattan Young Democrats, New York Grassroots Fundraising Manager for Organizing for Action (the nonprofit, community organizing project which advocates for the agenda of President Barack Obama), and the Sub-Account Secretary for the New York State Young Democrats Downstate Region Fund. In 2016, he served as a Staging Location Director for Hillary for America in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Darren received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Performance, with an emphasis in Directing, from Western Michigan University.  Additionally, he was honored as the Zachary L. York Scholar, the Katherine Larsen Directing Scholar, and for Conspicuous Achievement in Theatre. 

 

Board of Directors

Michael Grasso Chairman

Jahi Kassa Taquara  Vice Chairman

Amy Bass-Wilson   Secretary

Tyrone E. Harge   Treasurer

Cynthia Wright      NetImpact NYC Board Fellow

Alorie Clark

Vanessa Fernandez

Sheryl Harge

Advisory Board

Yaa Asantewaa Nzingha

Jaclyn Alderete, Marketing Chair 

Rae Charles

AV Goodsell

Ryan Pearson

Jayson Smith