On Monday evening, guests of Walker International Communications and New Heritage Theatre Group jammed into the performance space of the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue, to see an encore performance by Denise Flemming of her riveting production Winterkill. “Ms.Flemming’s performance was intimate and powerful and touched the senses in all who attended in a personal way,” said to Donna Walker Kuehne, President of Walker International.
After the performance and discussion with audience members Norma Jean Darden, founder of Spoonbread Caterers, treated the guests to “Winter Supper”, a dinner package which included a delectable buffet of entrée and dessert.
“This was the first time that New Heritage provided a sit-down dinner experience after a dramatic presentation in the culturally beautiful Dwyer Center. I looked at the guests and the art galleries and said that this experience needs to be repeated again very soon,” remarked Voza Rivers, Executive Producer of NHTG and co-director of the Dwyer Cultural Center.
New Heritage Theatre Group (NHTG), the oldest Black nonprofit theater company in New York City, was established in 1964 under the name New Heritage Repertory Theatre by the late Roger Furman. In 1983, under the direction of Executive Producer Voza Rivers, an award winning music and theatre producer, and Executive Artistic Director Jamal Joseph, an award-winning writer, director, documentary filmmaker and educator, the company became known as New Heritage Theatre Group. It serves the community through presentations of entertaining, informative and quality productions of performing arts events, stage readings, and documentary shorts and films. Through its umbrella organizations Impact Repertory Theatre, Furman Theatre Rep and New Heritage Films, they provide training, exposure and experience to new and emerging artists and have transformed into a leading New York City nonprofit arts organization serving tens of thousands of community members and youth.
Owned and operated by former Wilhelmina model Norma Jean Darden,Spoonbread Catering is renowned for its cutting edge “multi-cultural” cuisine. NY Magazine named Spoonbread one of New York “Hottest Caterers”. Spoonbread’s diverse and impressive client list includes Fortune 500 major companies, some of New York’s landmark institutions, celebrities, and they serve as a menu consultant to Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Donna Walker Kuhne, President, Walker International Communications, provides services for commercial and non-profit performing and visual arts entities in the area of audience development, marketing, and advertising in print, radio, television and internet. Among their clients are major multicultural performing arts organizations including, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Opera, Three Mo’ Tenors, The Montclair Art Museum, The Cherry Lane Theater, Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, Otis Salid, Intar Carlota Santana Flamenco Vivo, Caribbean Cultural Center, The Apollo Theater, WNYC Radio, the Arts and Business Council, and Dance USA.