Sarita Covington

Artist Activist Educator

Sarita Covington is an actress/activist/educator from Harlem, USA. As an actress she has performed in theater both regionally at Yale Rep in Connecticut and Capital Rep in Albany. As well as in many New York Theaters including, the Public Theater, the Henry Street Settlement and the Brooklyn Lyceum. Some favorite roles include: Nina from Chekhov’s The Seagull and the title character in Suzan Lori-Parks’ Venus. Film: 1000 Cranes, Hey Diddle Diddle, The Interruption. TV: As the World Turns. She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. As a writer she has performed her spoken word piece “Daddy”, at the Women of Color Festival.  “Back Alley Blindness: An Ode to Michelle”, was featured in Obama Drama, performed most recently at The Tank. In the Cypher, a play she co-conceived with Gamal Palmer was originally produced at The Yale Cabaret, and has subsequently been produced at The FAB Festival, the famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe and The Drilling Company, where it continues to be produced for NY audiences. Sarita’s experience as an arts educator has led her to work with many di erent groups, teaching a variety of curriculums. She worked for three years with Community Works, teaching acting in NY Public Schools. She spent a year in Mexico where she taught theater games in a Tijuana orphanage. Sarita has worked with inmates at the Fishkill Correctional Facility through Rehabilitation Through the Arts(RTA), and with the 59th Street Project’s Poetry In Performance Workshop. Sarita has facilitated workshops of Cyphering Education (In The Cypher’s educational branch) to young adults in Washington Heights in collaboration with the People’s Theater Project, as well as at Yale University in collaboration with Yale’s drama and divinity schools multidisciplinary course entitled, The Quest for Social Justice through Music, Theater and Liberation Theologies. In 2011 Sarita received the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant, sponsored by the NY Department of Cultural A airs, for her work with In The Cypher.

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