Oct 7, 2020

LiveTalks: Take 12

Justin Hicks, Stacey Karen Robinson, Leah Ogawa

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La MaMa presents La MaMa LiveTalks, conversations with artists, activists and thought leaders from around the country and around the world who join in discussions about art and life in times of crisis.

Join us for the first LiveTalks of the 59th Season and meet with three resident artists. La MaMa’s 59th Season, “Breaking It Open,” will explore how new works are created, performed, and experienced during a pandemic. The season revolves around development residencies that are customized to the specific needs and processes of each artist. Each residency is customized to suit the artist, their unique vision, and where they are at in their creative work.

Justin Hicks, Stacey Karen Robinson, Leah Ogawa

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Headshot of Justin Hicks

Justin Hicks is a multidisciplinary artist and performer who uses music and sound to investigate identity and value. As a composer and performer, his work has been featured at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Performance Space New York, The Public Theater, JACK, Paisley Park, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Highline, The Institute for Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), and The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, among many others. Hicks has collaborated with notable visual artists, musicians, and theater-makers including Abigail DeVille, Kaneza Schaal, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Cauleen Smith, Helga Davis, and is a member of The HawtPlates. In 2018, he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his work as the composer of Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage (The Public Theater, dir. Jo Bonney). Hicks was born in Cincinnati, OH, and is based in the Bronx, NY. Photo by Robert Granoff.

Headshot of Leah Ogawa

Leah Ogawa is a puppeteer, director, self-detective, and model based in New York City. Raised in Yamanashi, Japan, Leah has worked with puppeteers, artists, and companies including The Metropolitan Opera, Phantom Limb, Dan Hurlin, Tom Lee, Nami Yamamoto, Loco 7, and others. She has performed across the US as well as at the Quay Branly in Paris and across Asia. Leah is a recipient of the Queens Council on the Arts’ New Work Grant for her original piece, Molting. She is currently in residency at New Victory LabWorks and La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club.

Headshot of Stacey Karen Robinson

Stacey Karen Robinson is a multidisciplinary theater artist. Her experimental solo works investigate trauma, joy & transcendence in the lives of Black folx. She performed her show, You Never Can Always Sometimes Tell, at JACK (NYC) and Salvage Vanguard Theater (TX). The work was developed with support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Foundation of Contemporary Arts. She received an Art Matters Grant (2019) and the BRIO Award for Playwriting (2009). Her previous monodrama, Quiet Frenzy, is published in solo / black / woman: scripts, interviews, and essays, Northwestern University Press (2014). As an actor she has appeared on numerous stages, including: BAM, NY Live Arts, Walker Art Center, REDCAT, Soho Rep. and P.S. 122.  She is a proud Bronx native.

La MaMa LiveTalks


La MaMa LiveTalks are conversations with artists, activists and thought leaders from around the country and around the world who join in discussions about art and life in time of crisis. La MaMa will continue to use emerging technologies to create a new venue for artistic expression that questions how art can function and how we as a society can survive challenging periods of history.

Online Happenings


Presented by La MaMa and CultureHub, La MaMa is exploring ways to respond creatively to a situation that is potentially changing how we gather as a community in our theatres. La MaMa is working with CultureHub to provide online streaming of select productions and events on Howlround Theatre Commons.

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