Who we are.

New Renaissance is centered on producing and workshopping plays with a focus on representation for students of color and all minority groups. Our goal is to diversify the theatre community at Northeastern in a collaborative and friendly environment. We hope to bridge different artists and their communities into theatre at Northeastern, regardless of experience level. Everyone has a voice, and that voice should be heard.

Meet the Founders

Tarik Jones

He / Him

Tarik Jones was a theatre and interaction design major with a minor in psychology. His last co-op was at the Huntington Theatre Company, where he assisted in marketing, video, design, and publicity. His Northeastern acting credits include HAIREveryman, and The Three Sisters. Tarik took a hiatus from Boston life in Spring 2020 to study at the National Theatre Institute. tarikjones.co.

Ames Noble

They / Them

Ames was a political science major and theatre major. Their previous credits include Fellowship in Everyman, Hud in HAIR, and directing New Renaissance Theatre Company’s fall production, What Rough Beast.

History

New Renaissance Theatre Company was founded in December of 2018 by Tarik Jones and Ames Noble. They saw a lack of representation amongst students in the theatre community, and decided to make a change. New Renaissance aims to connect and inspire artists from all backgrounds. 

Tarik came to Ames with this idea after sharing similar experiences struggling with the perception of and lack of opportunity for students of color in the arts. 

In their first semester, New Renaissance Theatre Company established an audience of almost 200 people after presenting a nearly sold out run of Joker’s Wild, a play written and directed by Ames Noble. This play featured 7 actors, 6 of which were students of color, including 5 women of color and gave many students with limited or no experience in theatre a chance to express themselves through creativity on and behind the stage.

A cast and company photo from Joker’s Wild.