LaTonia Phipps – Featured Playwright – July 2013 – “Now Harlem…OR GENTRIFY THIS”

LaTonia Phipps HS(Commercial)LaTonia Phipps is an Actor-Performance Artist-Educator and Playwright who was raised in Brooklyn, New York. MFA graduate of Brooklyn
College. Phipps parents are of Caribbean, Latin and Southern Black American descent which heavily influence her storytelling.  Recently Phipps starred as the lead actress in Katori Hall’s “Children of
Killers,” landing her a full page article in The New York Times, The New York Post and Daily News. Her writing style is a mix of choreo-poetry and non-linear dialogue. She had her first writing debut
with her one woman show entitled, “Fishin’In Brooklyn,” following a young actor turned writer who finds herself through the spirit of her
late mother. Phipps also portrays 28 characters and infuses slam
poetry,dance and song. This piece has been seen at The Woodstock
Fringe Festival, The Rotunda Theater, and Theater Row to name a few.
Phipps is excited to embark on her secondary project, “Now Harlem. Or
Gentrify This,” with Blackboard @ the cell and looks forward to future
development on this project.

NowHarlem poster July 2013

A dynamic story of two electric yet complex young women, one black the other white, AND their Harlem neighborhood. Part catharsis, part testimonial, “Now…Harlem,” calls for a community to first examine themselves before demanding a change. In a society masked by centuries of pain, this piece poetically explores a journey toward love, loss, faith, and healing.


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