Braata Productions A Caribbean performing arts company in NY showcasing Caribbean folk music, arts, theatre, culture. Braata Productions Inc is New York State, 501(c) 3 Professional
Arts Corporation. Braata, the name is a Jamaican colloquial term meaning ‘extra’ or ‘more’ and this is what this company aspires to do by giving its supporters, and audiences something more at all times.
Braata Productions was started by actor/singer Andrew Clarke and had its genesis in May 2009. It is a non-profit arts company based in New York City, and was created to address the complete needs of theatre patrons in the Unites States by showcasing and promoting authentic Caribbean talent and culture.
We aim to foster and develop a greater interest in the understanding and appreciation for the Caribbean region and the Diaspora by showcasing its lifestyles, traditions and customs through the visual and performing arts. Braata also seeks to reach out to the wider non-Caribbean community, and act as a vehicle for artistic integration by promoting fellowship and increased cooperation amongst all who are engaged in the advancement of the arts as a tool for entertainment, education and social change.
Braata seeks to define its position as one of the leading theatre arts companies in New York City. It is also our intention to be a dynamic theatre arts company with strong ties to the community and a reputation for artistic excellence, educational innovation, and fiscal responsibility.
Our mission is to bring Caribbean folk culture, artists, music, stories, movement and theatre into prominent spaces while achieving greater recognition. We provide entertainment and education to our patrons, and give voice to our diverse issues, performers, writers and directors. We aim to represent with creative authenticity the folk culture of the Caribbean islands.
As a non-profit organization Braata Productions fosters and develops a greater interest in the understanding and appreciation for all things Caribbean by preserving and showcasing its history, lifestyles, traditions and customs through the visual and performing arts.
Braata Productions, Inc. now celebrating its 7th season was founded in 2009 by classically trained singer & actor Andrew Clarke. Braata Productions, Inc. was incorporated in 2010. Braata is a New York State, 501(c) 3 Professional Arts Corporation, dedicated to giving Caribbean and Caribbean-American artistes a platform through which to showcase their work and talents.
Since 2009, Braata Productions’ projects and programs have served over 175 artists, directors, designers, technicians and young entrepreneurial artists and has enjoyed many successes including the creation of Braata Education & Outreach titled Project BE, The Braata Folk Singers, Braata Theatre Workshop and The “Braata Award”. The company is a full-service professional production company, offering the highest quality theatrical and educational productions and programs to the tri-state area.
With eight years on the New York City theatre landscape, Braata Productions has staged – in collaboration with Banana Boat Productions and Nanadowa Productions – new plays in keeping with its aim of unearthing and showcasing new artistic talent as well as honoring the work of established playwrights within the Diaspora. These include staged readings of Trevor Rhone’s “Positive”, new playwright Pierre Thompson’s“Hortensia’s Recession”, and Karl O’Brian Williams’ “Not About Eve” all at the New Perspective Theatre There was, also, the mainstage production of Trevor Rhone’s Positive at The Spoon Theatre in December 2010. In 2011 we had a staged reading in collaboration with Banana Boat Productions of Karl Williams’ “Black That I Am”. This has since lead to the emergence of what is now called the Caribbean Reading Series, a bi annual weekend of reading of Caribbean writing representing the full spectrum of new, middle career and established playwrights.
We also produce a concert season for the Braata Folk Singers, the annual Ole Time Grand Market (A celebration of Caribbean Christmas traditions), the annual Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival in June and the SU CASA Senior center workshops among other workshops for the general public.