N.Y.I. Productions is a theater and film entertainment company focused on producing independent films and theater that will encourage, Educate, illuminate and entertain diverse audiences, by fusing the art of storytellinG.


Naima Yetunde INCe-nyi

"It is confidence. It is certainty. It is passion. It is also the gift of knowing. I know this is what I am supposed to be doing. It is purpose.” READ MORE...



Men Always Leave is a published one-act stage play and has since evolved into an 8-episode film series. Both the stage play and film are the companies two main productions. READ MORE


N.Y.I Productions are highly active in the theater and arts community. Click here to READ MORE about our best moments.

About the Founder

Naima Yetunde Ince has been taking the Triangle area by storm. Naima Yetunde Ince, also known as NYI has significant accomplishments within the New York City area as a performance poet and produces and directs theatrical works. Originally from Brooklyn NY, a recent resident, of Raleigh North Carolina, NYI has already left her signature mark at various spoken word venues. Some highlights include; directing an original one act play entitled Men Always Leave; at the first annual Women’s Theater Festival NC in the summer of 2016. The one-act stage play was published by Writers Block Publishing in June 2016. Men Always Leave Returns to Stage at The Cary Theater; the first weekend in February 2019, adapted Men Always Leave from stage to screen. The pilot episode, "Maya's Secret" of the series drama; is available on social media platforms,Youtube and Facebook.The new development of her work, quickly ignited the fuel to her desires to develop her own production company.  Therefore, Naima Yetunde Ince founded N.Y.I Productions LLC. and her name gives precedence to the entity that is N.Y.I Productions LLC. She has been a feature reader with the Main Street Rag Writers Group. Released the limited edition of her 3rd book entitled "Ghost Load" in winter of 2017 and was featured in the Indy week March 13,2017 issue. NYI’S books can be found at the local So & So Bookstore on Person Street in Raleigh. So and So Bookstore. NYI lead the Theater Cafe discussion; Women of color:Powerful Playwrights, sponsored by the Town of Cary March 2018. Naima's Ghost Load Second Edition is now available. The Limited Edition Ghost Load is now a collectors item among her other published titles. 

NYI, active in theater for over 10 years. One of the most exciting highlights of her career was working alongside Mr. Melvin Van Peebles on the adaptation of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song-directed by Melvin Van Peebles. NYI, tripled as a production assistant, stage manager and actress and traveled with the company to Paris, France in the winter of 2010. Ince says, my goal is to reach my community and beyond. Sky's the limit. 

Bachelors of Arts in Drama Studies from SUNY Purchase College
Masters of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute



Naima Yetunde Ince

Set your dreams high and do not be afraid to reach them!

Men Always Leave Nominated for 7 awards;By the Cary Players-Annual Peitzsch Awards Nominee- Nominated July 26,2019

Annual Peitzsch Awards Ceremony September 8, 2019

Achi Magazine awards NOMINEE Recognized as Playwright of the year July 29,2019


Women's Theater Festival- Summer Festival 2019 Panelist for WTFCon I can’t, I have kids! How to make art while parenting Taking the Scenic Route

Men Always Leave-One Act Stage Play Written and Directed By: Naima Yetunde Ince Produced by the Cary Players 2018-2019 Season The Cary Theater February 1st-3rd 2019

3rd Annual African American Theater Preview Triangle Friends of African American Arts January 20,2019 Appearance as a Playwright Performed Monologue(Poem)"Men Always Leave" Which is the foundation for the stage play.

Quarantine Enterpris presents Quarantine Radio

Web-Interview N.Y.I Productions LLC Naima Yetunde Ince December 18, 2018

Artist Soapbox Podcast Interview with Tamara Kissane How do we evolve as artists?

Director, performer, writer Naima Yetunde Ince.

Debuted August 22, 2018

Shut The Door Naima Yetunde Ince-FT. Ethan Taylor Single Released in May 2018 Available on all music streaming platforms https://open.spotify.com/artist/61u6fxEJuH4KmFJejjTVXT?si=QWamN4qiRqOXe5dJS7athQ

Book Signing & ART!(Men Always Leave-Book) In Collaboration with Authors and Art Studio
June 23,2018
Hosted By: N.Y.I Productions LLC
Location: Authors And Art Studio-Raleigh NC

Special Guest Performer Jobstart Program Graduation
June 14, 2018
Hosted By: Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women
Location: First Presbyterian Church(Memorial Hall)-Raleigh

Published: Ghost Load Second Edition-Spring of 2018

The talk show Docuseries-NYI Speaks by: N.Y.I Productions LLC Consisted of 5 interviews centered around: Topic- Cry, Pray and Put On Lipstick. The title of the new full-length stage play- NYI is currently crafting. The docuseries kicked off March 18, 2018

Women of Color: Powerful Playwrights
Theater Cafe
March 6, 2018
Hosted By: The Town of Cary
Location: The Cary Theater-Cary NC

Feature Performer
Press Play Vol. 1 Showcase
January 12, 2018
Hosted By: Press Play Poetz
Location: Author’s and Arts Studio

Adapted Men Always Leave from stage to screen. The pilot episode, "Maya's Secret" Youtube with over 12,000 views.

Dessert & Wine Preview Screening December 14, 2017 World Premiere-December 22, 2017

Feature Reader
Main Street Rag Writers Group
October 18, 2017
Coordinated by: Suzanne Miller
Hosted by: So & So Bookstore- Raleigh NC

Released the Limited Edition “Ghost Load."
Book release event at So & So Bookstore March 2017. 
Featured in the Indy Week: March 13th issue.

State Wide Commercial - Brasco Marketing and Design
October 2016-Raleigh NC

Writer & Director- Men Always Leave-Original One Act Stage Play
Produced by: The First Annual Women’s Theater Festival
Raleigh, NC - 2016

Poetic-prelude for Men Always Leave
Women's Theater Festival
Raleigh, NC - 2016

Feature Playwright
NC Women Playwrights, Out Loud - So & So Books
Raleigh, NC

Published: Men Always Leave One Act Play-June 2016

Actress Ensemble
Paramount Production Company, Big River
Burlington, NC - June 2015

Stage Manger
Gallery Players: Tarzan
Burlington, NC - April 2015

Stage Manager
Teen 2 Teen: Peter Pan
Burlington, NC - September 2014

Published: I Hate Men-Poetic Graphic Novel-February 2012
Co-authored by Cecelia Adams

Stage Manager
Theater Workshop: Fish
May, 2011

Actress Ensemble
Caligula Maximus Directed by: Alfred Preisser
April 2010

Production Assistant /Stage Manager/ Actress
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Hood Opera: Directed by Melvin Van Peebles
February 2010

Stage Manager
Rabbit Hole with Hudson Stage Company
November 2009


Naima Y

etunde Ince

"My goal is to reach my community and beyond. Sky's the limit"


Books & Productions


Naima has her own collection of books, a published author who crafts her voice covering a broad spectrum. Follow the link to learn more about each title and to purchase. 



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