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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Stage Director
Stage Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Chicken)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
We Can Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
5/14/1946
Birth Location:
Kokomo, Indiana

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Stage Director
Stage Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Chicken)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
We Can Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
5/14/1946
Birth Location:
Kokomo
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Biography

Theatre producer and director Marjorie Moon was born on May 14, 1946, in Kokomo, Indiana. For over thirty years, Moon served as the President and Executive Director of the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. Moon’s passion for theater began early as she spent time at the Karamu House Theater in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1964, Moon received her diploma from Collinwood High School; around the same time, she became one of the youngest members in the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra. In 1968, Moon earned her B.A. degree from Ohio University and went on to complete her studies at Temple University in 1970 with an M.A. degree.

Moon began her professional career teaching acting at Hampton University. Moving to New York in 1973, Moon became the Executive Director of the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, a theatre that has provided African American playwrights, set-builders, and other creative individuals an arena to work and nurture their talents.

As a director, Moon has worked on several plays, including Weldon Irvine’s Young, Gifted and Broke, which ran for eight months and won four prestigious AUDELCO Awards. Moon also directed a production of Over Forty at the New Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia. As a producer, Moon produced more than 150 productions. In 1981, Inacent Black, a play originally produced at the Billie Holiday Theatre, opened on Broadway, starring Melba Moore.

Moon received several awards for her work in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. In 2005, the Billie Holiday Theatre received a $900,000 grant for its line-up of new plays.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marjorie Moon describes her mother's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marjorie Moon describes her father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marjorie Moon describes her paternal aunt
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marjorie Moon talks about her parents' education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marjorie Moon describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Marjorie Moon recalls attending churches in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Marjorie Moon recalls attending churches in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marjorie Moon talks about her sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marjorie Moon describes her childhood holidays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marjorie Moon remembers her exposure to theater at Rosedale Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marjorie Moon describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marjorie Moon recalls the development of her racial identity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marjorie Moon remembers playing the double bass in junior high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marjorie Moon recalls playing double bass in the Cleveland Women's Orchestra
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marjorie Moon remembers Collinwood High School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Marjorie Moon remembers her bass audition for Ohio University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Marjorie Moon recalls the African American actors at Cleveland's Karamu House
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Marjorie Moon describes her interest in psychology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marjorie Moon recalls the image of Emmett Till in Jet magazine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marjorie Moon describes her experiences of discrimination in Athens, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marjorie Moon recalls the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marjorie Moon recalls her refusal to be cast in a stereotyped role at Ohio University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marjorie Moon remembers her aspiration to become an actress
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marjorie Moon recalls teaching at Hampton Institute
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Marjorie Moon remembers the murder of her brother-in-law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Marjorie Moon recalls her decision to move to New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Marjorie Moon remembers her auditions in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Marjorie Moon recalls becoming the director of the Billy Holiday Theatre
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Marjorie Moon recalls directing 'Sunshine Loving' at the Billie Holiday Theatre
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marjorie Moon talks about African American theater in the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marjorie Moon remembers directing 'Inacent Black and the Five Brothers'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marjorie Moon recalls her Broadway production of 'Inacent Black and the Five Brothers'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marjorie Moon remembers closing 'Inacent Black and the Five Brothers'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marjorie Moon describes New York City's African American theater companies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marjorie Moon describes the Coalition of Theaters of Color
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marjorie Moon describes actors who came out of the New York City theater community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marjorie Moon describes the role of the Billie Holiday Theatre
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Marjorie Moon talks about African American stage technicians
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Marjorie Moon reflects upon her mission at the Billie Holiday Theatre
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Marjorie Moon describes the planned renovations to the Billie Holiday Theatre
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Marjorie Moon talks about the name of the Billie Holiday Theatre
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Marjorie Moon talks about 'Free the Peoples'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Marjorie Moon talks about the playwrights whose work she staged
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Marjorie Moon describes the Billie Holiday Theatre's community programming
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Marjorie Moon talks about playwright T.R. Riggins
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Marjorie Moon talks about the community of Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Marjorie Moon describes the opportunities for African Americans on Broadway
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Marjorie Moon talks about Ramona King's play, 'Steal Away'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Marjorie Moon reflects upon her career at the Billie Holiday Theatre
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Marjorie Moon talks about nontraditional casting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Marjorie Moon shares her hopes for the Billie Holiday Theatre