About Going to the River

Going to the River was founded in 1999 at the Ensemble Studio Theatre by the late Curt Dempster and Elizabeth Van Dyke, the Producing Artistic Director. The Executive Producing Director is Jamie Richards. The primary goal of Going to the River is to provide a major New York City forum in which professional African-American female playwrights may develop, refine and present their work.

Going to the River has presented staged readings of full-length plays, a solo program entitled Down By the River All By Yo-Self, a River Poetry Slam JamRiverFest of ten-minute pieces, a writer’s unit, panels and distinguished guest speakers.