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OFF BOOK: The Black Theatre Podcast

What To Pick Up When I Put It Down Off Book: The Black Theatre Podcast

Ya'll know what to do! It's time to hit your mark and go Off Book! This week the crew is tired because they've been working but they're still making it work. They get knee-deep into a conversation about New York City Center's Encores production of THE LIFE directed by Billy Porter, the world of critics and critiques, how great the musical presentation for Hearts Beat Loud written by Ngozi was, Jazmine Sullivan live, and more! Also, Kim has a voice session and has to leave a little early so we welcome Nadia Brown (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as she talks about her new show The Green Room airing on Ovation, her self-care practices working on Broadway, and her life in London. Oh, and Ngozi gives some great advice to our listener letter! Don't miss it! Let's go! Go into the world of black theatre artists on this weekly podcast with a playwright, an actress, & a journalist as they explore and process life in NYC while pursuing their theatre dreams. Email: Twitter: @OffBookPodcast | @BroadwayBlack IG: @BroadwayBlack | @OffBookPodcast Facebook: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  1. What To Pick Up When I Put It Down
  2. Double The Confederates
  3. 'West Side, or Change' feat. Paul Tazewell + BONUS 'But Not Without Her' feat. Carrie Mae Weems
  4. The Leading Player's Leading Players feat. Ben Vereen
  5. A Day in The Life featuring Lillias White

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Kim Exum, Drew Shade, & Ngozi Anyanwu are your hosts and they will most certainly be Off Book.




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Kim Exum (Actor/Producer) is a mother/actor/artist based in New York City. She currently stars as Nabulungi in the Broadway company of The Book of Mormon. Favorite credits include The Book of Mormon (2nd National Tour), The Country Wife (Red Bull Theater), For The Last Time (Theatre Row), and a series of PSAs for Planned Parenthood. In addition to acting, Kim serves as a co-host on Broadway Black’s critically acclaimed Off Book: The Black Theatre Podcast and a producer for The Antonyo Awards. A poet and solo performance artist, Kim won VIBE magazine’s inaugural Verbal Stimulation Spoken Word Showcase in which she explored current events and familial dynamics facing the black community. “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times” – Nina Simone. #blacklivesmatter


Drew Shade (Actor/Producer/EIC) is described as a “theatre enthusiast who fosters artistic diversity and excellence for the love of Black theatre artists. He is the Founder/Creative Director/Editor-in-Chief of Broadway Black, a digital platform designed to shed light on the black beauty, black brilliance, and black talent that is Black Broadway. He is the creator and co-host of the Off-Book Podcast which features the incredible talent of people of color in the Broadway community from playwrights, to performers, to stage managers, and more. He also is the Creator and Executive Producer for The Antonyo Awards, an awards show which specifically drew attention to awarding honors to Black theatre artists across the Broadway community. “Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief.” – August Wilson

Ngozi Anyanwu (Playwright) Education: University of California, San Diego (MFA in Acting), Point Park University (BA). Acting: The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, The City Theatre, Barrington Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and The Mark Taper Forum. Television credits include “Limitless,” “Deadbeat,” “The Affair,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” and “The Deuce.” Good Grief, Victory Is Ours, The Homecoming Queen, and Nike or We Don’t Need An-other Hero. Film credits include Split and Women Who Kill. Good Grief(kilroys list 2016, semi finalist Princess Grace, Humanitas Award) was produced at Center Theatre Group in Los Ange-les in Spring 2017 which Anyanwu also starred in. NIKE(kilroys list 2017) was recently work-shopped at The New Black Fest in conjunction with The Lark and The Strand Festival in con-junction with A.C.T and Space on Ryder Farm. The Homecoming Queen(kilroys list 2017, Leah Ryan Finalist) recently had its world premiere at The Atlantic theater which also had a sold out run. Anyanwu has also received residencies from LCT3, Space on Ryder Farm, and the Djeras-si Resident Artists Program, The New Harmony Project, New York Stage and Film and Page 73. Anyanwu has developed a pilot with Juvee Productions and Abc Signature. She is also commis-sioned with NYU, The Old Globe, The Atlantic Theatre and Two Rivers Theatre