In 2000, Shay Wafer and Yvonne Joyner Levette founded Colored Girl Productions. While students at Yale School of Drama in the Theatre Management program they forged a partnership and commitment to one-day work together. CGP is the expression of this long held desire to impact the theatre field and their community by presenting theatrical productions for families.

Colored Girl Productions is a non-profit company dedicated to producing original and classic theater works that are influenced by the African Diaspora and targeted specifically to urban youth and their families.

CGP aims to enhance the relevancy of the American theater experience for these audiences by commissioning significant playwrights of color to create work that addresses their cultural history and contemporary experiences. The productions will be mounted in nonprofit theaters/presenting facilities and then tour the Urban Circuit. Numerous shows have been produced for the Urban Circuit, most notably, The Tyler Perry Ma'dea plays. It is CGP's intention to provide a theatrical experience for the children of the parents who attend these shows.

Overall, CGP is a blend and a bridge: blending the artistic and administrative practices from the regional theater and urban circuit worlds, children's companies, theaters of color and performing arts centers. Ultimately CGP will bridge audiences socially, economically and intergenerational.

A dynamic and exciting new company, Colored Girl Productions is a sound blend of imagination, tempered with pragmatism, coupled with courage and enthusiasm.

Board of Directors

Tama Smith, Chair
Principal Partner
Tama Smith and Associates

Stephen Albert
Executive Director
Court Theatre

Leslie P. Graves
President, Coalition 100 Black Women
PA, Chapter

Yvonne Joyner Levette
Founding, Producing Director
Philadelphia, PA

Sherri McGee McCovey
Freelance Writer

Roz McPherson
The ROZ Group

Shay Wafer
Founding, Producing Director
Pittsburgh, PA

Patricia Washington
Vice President of Cultural Tourism
Greater Philadelphia Tourism & Marketing Corp.

Shana Waterman
Director of Current Programming
Fox Television

National Advisory Board

Linda Darling-Hammond
Charles Ducommon Professor of Education
Co-Director School Redesign Network
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Marion Koltun Dienstag
National Director of Major Gifts
Jewish Theological Seminary
New York, NY

Harry Elam
Director of the Institute for
Diversity in the Arts
Chair, Department of Drama
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Sheldon Epps
Artistic Director
Pasadena Playhouse, CA

Delroy Lindo
Actor & Director
Oakland, CA

Marcyliena Morgan
Professor of African and
African American Studies
Director, Hiphop Archives
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Deborah Wafer
Manager of Community Marketing
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
San Francisco, CA

Dyana Williams
President & CEO
Influence Entertainment
Philadelphia, PA

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