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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

Based in Harlem, Chesray’s work focuses on the intersection of creative storytelling and transformative arts and cultural initiatives that seek to humanize and center black joy. She has worked with some of New York City’s top art education institutions, such as the Theater Development Fund, St. Ann’s Warehouse and The Dream Center in Harlem. Currently, Chesray serves as Co-chair of the Taskforce on Equity and Inclusion for the New York City Arts In Education Roundtable. Most recently, Chesray served as Director of Theatre at Harlem School of the Arts. Before that she served as a full time Program Director with Urban Arts Partnership in New York City where she led federally funded art programming in a portfolio of 23 public schools in Brooklyn. She has also worked in maximum correctional facilities in New York State with Rehabilitation Through The Arts as their program manager and Curriculum specialist. Chesray also worked for the International Theatre Project as their Global Director and Producer where they devised and toured original theatre in South Africa.