John Leguizamo: Live for One Night Only from the Great Hall

Monday, June 21, 2021, 7 - 8:30pm

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Watch John Leguizamo share a monologue entitled, "Ghetto Nerd Power," live from the Great Hall streaming for free for one-night only on The Cooper Union's YouTube channel.

Limited in-person tickets are available. Attendees must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken on Monday, June 21, within six hours of the 7 pm event start time.

A multi-faceted creator, Mr. Leguizamo has established a career that defies categorization. With boundless energy and creativity, his work in film, theatre, television, and literature covers a variety of genres, continually threatening to create a few of its own. He has garnered numerous other accolades throughout his career including an Emmy Award, a Drama Desk Award, as well as nominations for Tony Awards and Golden Globes.  

Mr. Leguizamo received a Special Tony Award at the 2018 Tony Awards after wrapping an extended Broadway run of Latin History for Morons, his latest one-man show, delivering his take on 500 years of Latin History spanning the Aztec and Incan Empires to World War II. His Ghetto Klown, a graphic novel adaptation of his Broadway one-man show of the same name, was nominated for an Eisner award. He also released a comic book, Freak, based on his solo show of the same name.

Recently, Mr. Leguizamo earned both a Critic’s Choice and Emmy Award nomination for his role as Raymond Santana Sr. in the Netflix series When They See Us, and an Emmy nomination for his role in the Paramount Network television series Waco alongside Taylor Kitsch and Michael Shannon. His directorial debut, Critical Thinking, was selected to premiere at SXSW Film Festival. He will also appear in Barry Levinson’s upcoming film, Harry Haft, alongside Ben Foster and Danny Devito. 

His film credits include, but are not limited to: Carlito’s Way, To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar, Romeo + Juliet, The Pest, Moulin Rouge!, Summer of Sam, The Lincoln Lawyer, and The Ice Age franchise.


Fully vaccinated attendees (meaning they are 14 days out after their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine) will need to show proof of vaccine at the door, either through the Excelsior App or a valid ID vaccination card plus government issued ID. A section for fully vaccinated guests will be reserved in the Great Hall and masks will not be required. Children under 16 who are not vaccinated may sit with family who are vaccinated provided they provide proof of a negative Covid test taken on June 21 within six hours of the 7 pm event start time and wear a mask.

Attendees who are not vaccinated will need to bring proof of a negative rapid test (antigen test) taken on June 21 within six hours of the 7 pm event start time. Attendees who provide a negative rapid test will be seated in a separate section from the vaccinated attendees and will be socially distanced and required to wear masks.

Attendees will enter at The Cooper Union's Astor Place entrance.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.