ART THAT AWAKENS
At Conch Shell Productions (CSP), our mission is to infuse new Caribbean-American and Caribbean Diaspora voices into the American theater and film industry. To do so, we create a space to develop, workshop and produce new plays and screenplays.
We believe that art can and should provoke social change. Our productions create an opportunity for diverse audiences to explore and celebrate the unique culturally diverse voices of our community of artists.
Our seasons include both readings and full productions of new short and full-length plays, as well as our annual film festival -Conch Shell International Film Fest. Our theatre presentations include Hear Her Call Caribbean-American Women's Theater Festival, Conch Shell New Works Series, Reset Series and #Bluelightseries.
Conch Shell Productions is a Queens, New York-based, fiscally sponsored organization, and a member of the Alliance of Residence Theatres/NY.
Magaly Colimon-Christopher is a first-generation Haitian-American actress/playwright/director/producer. She writes new works from a viewpoint heavily influenced by the stories her family members shared about the complexities and wonders of Haitian culture and history. She founded Conch Shell Productions to support/showcase new works by Caribbean Diaspora artists who have an expanded view of reality and a passion for innovative story telling.
A native New Yorker, she received a B.A. from Columbia University, an MBA from Binghamton University, and an MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama. Magaly is a member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, The Actors Center, The Dramatist Guild, The Actors Studio Playwrights & Directors' Unit. She is a two-time O'Neill National Playwright Conference Semi-Finalist.
Magaly plays "Antoinette Pierre" in Netflix original series GRAND ARMY
To learn more about Magaly, visit www.magalycolimon.com
To date, Conch Shell Productions' HEAR HER CALL, #BLUELIGHTSERIES, AND CSP NEW WORKS SERIES has showcased plays by Caribbean Diaspora playwrights from Haiti, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts/Nevis, Cuba, Guyana, Bahamas, and Trinidad & Tobago. Our Conch Shell International Film Fest has allowed us to create a platform for both Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora directors and screenwriters from Haiti, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Martinique, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Dominica, Puerto Rica, and Barbados.
Over the years, CSP's community of creative and production team members has grown. We treasure contributions of talented actors, stage managers, production managers, dramaturgs, industry experts moderating panels, directors, project manager, designers, volunteers, and interns who have contributed to the success of our events. Our event pages are proof positive that it "takes a village" to achieve the goals of Conch Shell Productions.
Partnering with arts organizations - MILTON G. BASSIN PAC at York College, HB STUDIO, KUMU KAHUA THEATRE, BRAATA PRODUCTIONS, TRILLVISION, BOWIE ENTERPRISES, CAFA, CARIBBEAN TALES FILM FESTIVAL and key collaborators like Literary manager/dramaturg Sergei Burbank (editor of our Conch Shell Press publication We're Not Neutral) has been integral to our success. We will continue seeking opportunities to partner with like-minded companies and artists committed producing/ presenting BIPOC voices. This is one of the ways Conch Shell Productions achieves our mission.
Conch Shell Productions would like to express our deepest gratitude for the generous support of ART/NY, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Seth Sprague Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation COVID Relief Fund, and Queens Council of the Arts for their generous support of our work during these challenging times.
Conch Shell Productions is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) charity. Contributions made payable to Fractured Atlas for the purposes of Conch Shell Productions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.