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En Garde Arts has commissioned Chilean/Costa Rican-American playwright Andrea Thome and Puerto Rican director José Zayas to craft a series of developmental readings drawn verbatim from interviews with the undocumented to be performed by actors to preserve the anonymity of our interviewees. What is it like for the people who have settled here, yet often must keep their presence hidden? Partnering with community organizations that serve undocumented immigrants, we aim to go beyond the limited narrative that is too often presented by our media and politicians. What are the many reasons they’ve come, and what are their lives like now? Together, they question: where can we call home?



  • WHO: Honorary Co-Chairs Angela Bassett & Courtney Vance invite you to
  • WHAT: En Garde Arts 2017 Gala, honoring Vy Higginsen
  • WHEN: Tuesday, December 5th from 6:30-9:30pm
  • WHERE: The Gala will take place at the historic 3 West Club (3 West 51st Street NYC)
  • HOW MUCH: $500 per ticket — Ticket includes appetizers, drinks and dinner, followed by a performance

To pay by check or purchase more than 4 tickets, you can mail your check to:
En Garde Arts, c/o Lucille Lortel Foundation, 322 Eighth Ave, #21, New York, NY 10001

Can’t attend, but want to donate? Click here.

Chris Anderson & Jacqueline Novogratz
to present Vy Higginsen with the En Garde Arts Change Agent Award

With a performance featuring members of the GOSPEL FOR TEEN CHOIR

The Board & Benefit Commitee include: Anahi Angelone, Joshua Dachs, Dorothy Dunn*, Michael Engler, Joan Firestone*, Peter Goldfarb, Agnes Gund, Ronald & Amy Guttman*, Anne Hamburger, Andrew Hamingson*, Sonya Hamlin, Ted Hartley, Merle Kailas*, Phyllis Lee*, David Milch, Atif Qadir*, Bruce Rayvid*, Brad Reedy*, Michael Schubert*, Sharon Marantz Walsh, Donald Zivkovic, Patricia Miller Zollar (*Denotes a member of the Board)

Photo credit: Jasmin K. Williams

En Garde Arts is collaborating with Vy Higginsen, a force of nature who has dedicated her life to the arts and the positive impact they make on her community. In the 1980s, she co-wrote, co-produced and starred in “Mama I Want to Sing,” a musical inspired by her Harlem childhood in a musical family led by a Pentecostal preacher. Vy founded Mama Foundation for the Arts, a school based in Harlem to provide free singing lessons and preserve the art of gospel. En Garde Arts and Vy HIgginsen will be bringing the stories of the teens who come to her school to life. A Gala benefit to launch this project will be held in December.

“You have to go somewhere where there is sacred ground, where there is hope, where there is possibility, where there is life.”Vy Higginsen


  • Actors in photo: Scott Parkinson & Patrick J. Ssenjovu
  • Written by Sean Lewis
  • Directed by Katie Pearl
  • Co-production with Quantum Theatre
  • Premiered in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Premiering in New York, NY in January, 2018

On the 20th anniversary of the genocide he witnessed firsthand, a copy of David’s book about his time in Rwanda arrives on his doorstep with a note: “You didn’t tell them everything.” Adapted from Sean Lewis’ critically acclaimed DOGS OF RWANDA, this immersive play makes us question how history is represented and reminds us of the redemptive powers of storytelling and community.

“Rarely do you find a work of art speak[ing] so precisely to its time…”Pittsburgh Post Gazette

To produce bold, unconventional, and innovative multimedia and interdisciplinary theatre that marries content with community and inspires dialogue and debate about the salient issues of our time.


Anne Hamburger | Founder & Artistic Director

Select Photographs by
Maria Baranova Photography

Anne Hamburger | Founder

Select Photographs by
Maria Baranova Photography

© 2016 En Garde Arts

© 2016 En Garde Arts