ARTIVISM

We are youth activists who view the creative arts and leadership training as a way to develop ourselves and change the world in a positive way.

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S.O.S.

We believe that we must be the message that we bring through hard work, focus, discipline, unity and the principles of S.O.S. Safe space, Outstanding effort and Service to our family friends and community.

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BOOK US

IMPACT is available for performances throughout the NYC Metro area and Beyond. Phone: 1 212 926 4516 impactdietrice@gmail.com

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JOIN US

We are always looking for young people who are interested in the art sand their community. Contact us if you are interested in auditioning.

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DONATE

Support our youth! The generous contributions of the community are what keep IMPACT REP able to reach and empower youth.

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SAFE SPACE

A place to rehearse, study, edit videos, record music and gather in a safe, creative environment, multiple times a week.

 
 

WHAT IS IMPACT?

 

IMPACT Repertory Theatre Performance Company is a place where young people use current events and their own personal experience as material to explore the issues facing young people in America. The Repertory company performs in front of over 25,000 people per year at venues ranging from the United Nations Headquarters, NYC's City Hall, hospitals, public schools as well as penitentiaries.

Impact Boot Camp Prospective members experience a twelve-week intensive leadership training program to become members of IMPACT. Here they learn the fundamentals of leadership, service and public speaking. Impact Boot Camp trainees also learn the repertory performance material.

Impact Repertory Theatre Community Service Programs –IMPACT believes the first step of true leadership is service. Every year, our members visit nursing homes, participate in block clean ups and organize food drives to assist in the health of their community.

 

5000+

IMPACT YOUTH

LEADERS

250+

PERFORMANCES

EVERY YEAR

 
 
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WHY WE IMPACT

As a community, Harlem is known for its rich culture. From artists such as Langston Hughes to Ruby Dee and the legendary Malcom X, it has boasted a citizenry that has made great contributions to American culture. This multi-faceted community has also had its fair share of violence, poverty and crime. In this video, IMPACT co-founders Jamal Joseph and Voza Rivers explain why IMPACT Repertory Theatre is, at its core, a sanctuary for the many kids who have entered its walls, providing a safe space where they can explore their full potential without fear of stigma, ridicule or recrimination. Born from an incident of violence, IMPACT strives always to promote a positive paradigm: PEACE.

"KEEP A POSITIVE THOUGHT because a positive thought CANNOT BE DENIED."

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I took all the values that I have received from IMPACT and applied them to succeeding in school.

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Anthony McKenzie

IMPACT Boot Camp 19

 

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OUR TEAM

Impact Founders and Staff cultivate the Youth Leaders of ToMORROW

 
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Jamal Joseph

Executive Artistic Director & Founder

U.S. Writer, Director, Producer, Poet, and Activist

Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University School of the Arts in the Film Department

 

One of the Panther 21 while incarcerated for his active participation in the Black Panther Party Joseph earned two college degrees and wrote five plays and two volumes of poetry. He is a full professor and former chair of Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division and the artistic director of the New Heritage Theatre Group in Harlem. He has been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, BET's American Gangster and on Tupac Shakur's "The Rose That Grew From Concrete" Volumes 1 & 2. He is the author of the interactive biography on Tupac Shakur, Tupac Shakur Legacy.

 
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Voza Rivers

Executive Producer & Founder

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Dietrice Bolden

Managing Director

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Charles Mack

Associate Artistic Director & Musical Director

 
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Luther Isler

Director of Admissions & Media Manager

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Carlton T. Taylor

Assistant Artistic Director

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S.Jordan Isler

Productions Coordinator

 
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Mary Jane Marcasiano

Director of Development

 

Impact Advisory Board

Nile Rogers

Nile Rogers

Dietrice Bolden & Susan Penzner

Dietrice Bolden & Susan Penzner

Susan Penzner, Chair - President Susan Penzner Real Estate

Julian Riley ESQ, Member - Independent Business Affairs and Brand Asset Advisor/Producer

Nile Rogers, Member - We Are Family Foundation

Jamal Joseph, Member - Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts / Executive Artistic Director, IMPACT Repertory Theatre

Lainie Cooke, Member - Associate Producer, New Heritage Theatre

Voza Rivers, Member - Executive Producer, New Heritage Theatre Group

 

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