Rooted theater company engages, challenges and inspires audiences through theatrical productions that range from the classics to new and emerging works; our programming encourages social consciousness through Real, Open, and Objective Theater Education. We celebrate the diversity of our community's roots, our present struggles and future successes through intentional theater.
Rooted is dedicated to producing socially relevant theater based on community experiences.
reintroduced the theatrical arts to a community with limited access
engaged more than 2500 community members within 5 yeARS
Built partnerships with community leaders & stakeholders
Crafted programming directly influenced by the community
Reinvigorated a passion for theater in east new york, brooklyn
Our Neighborhood - East New York, Brooklyn
East New York is a neighborhood in the easternmost section of the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. The neighborhood is part of Brooklyn Community District 5, covered by Brooklyn Community Board 5.
Its boundaries, starting from the north and moving clockwise are: Cypress Hills Cemetery to the north, the Borough of Queens to the east, Jamaica Bay to the south, and the Bay Ridge Branch railway tracks next to Van Sinderen Avenue to the west. Linden Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue are the primary thoroughfares through East New York. Its ZIP Codes include 11207, 11208, and 11239. The area is patrolled by the 75th Precinct. New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) property in the area is patrolled by P.S.A. 2.
During the latter part of the twentieth century, East New York came to be predominantly inhabited by African Americans and Latinos.
in 2013 the African Burial Ground Square was designated after remains were found between New Lots and Livonia Avenues from Barbey to Schenck Streets. It shares space with the New Lots branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. After months of community based efforts the burial ground was confirmed and formally recognized.