Andrea Ambam, EmergeNYC 2020

Andrea Ambam, 2020

Andrea Ambam (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based performance artist and playwright whose roots sprout from Cameroon. As a politically engaged storyteller who interrogates the art’s potential for movement building and transformative justice, Andrea pulsates at the intersection of performance and truth-telling—creating theatrical experiences where Black identity fills, overwhelms, and disrupts the center; and where justice that is denied by the state can be reimagined and rehearsed in the body. Her current work is rooted in an artistic vision to investigate and modernize “anti-lynching plays” and often features the manipulation of time, poetic text, and ethnographic material as a form of political reclamation. 

She has developed her practice as an Inaugural Artivism Fellow with Broadway Advocacy Coalition, an Artist-in-Residence for Anna Deavere Smith, an EmergeNYC Fellow at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and as a competitive public speaker, where she has been awarded 10 national championships, “Top Speaker in the Nation” three times, and gone on to debate conservative pundits on live TV. As a performer, writer, and facilitator, she’s worked with Classical Theatre of Harlem/Playbill, gal-dem, Abrons Arts Center, NYU Prison Education Program, NYU Verbatim Performance Lab, Artists’ Literacies Institute, Centre for Social Innovation, and others. 

Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Art & Public Policy from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.