Winston Salem, NC : 2013 National Black Theatre Festival July 29 to Aug. 3rd

There's No Better Place to Be on the Planet During This Week
There’s No Better Place to Be on the Planet During This Week

The biennial, National Black Theatre Festival founded in 1989 by the late Larry Leon Hamlin is a marvelous and fantastic (Marv-tastic) week long “reunion of the spirit” of black theatre producers, companies, artists and patrons featuring college students, professional actors and stage, film and television celebrities in productions at every possible public and commercial venue across the City of Winston Salem, NC.

When you go you have stepped out on a true vacation. You will be in another world. It’s artzy, intellectual, conversational and fun. Your vacation days… are spent shopping, eating breakfast, lunch and dinner with friends and in FREE creative and industry workshops with actors, producers, writers and investors. Evenings… are spent dressed for theatre and attending parades, celebrity receptions and then changing clothes again for late night cabaret performances that you might participate in with performers after these musicians and dancers and singers finish their scheduled shows.

It’s like an artistic, cultural, educational, career and business dream-come-true that is integrated with the up-to-the-second muse of literary and musical treasure in the humanities for all people with African American and international English Language Arts appetites. When the National Black Theatre Festival is happening I say, “there is no better place to be on the planet”. Thanks Larry Leon Hamlin for organizing such a foundation for theatre, we miss you!

News About the Festival


National Black Theatre Festival Teaser


Form more information:


National Black Theatre Festival/North Carolina Black Repertory Office

Week long schedule

Youth Schedule:

  1. National Black Theater Festival – Theater

    An estimated 60000 people, nearly all of them black, descended on Winston- Salem this week for the six-day National Black Theater Festival.

    August 6, 2005 – By SHAILA DEWAN – Theater / News & Features – Print Headline: “A Six-Day Bash Celebrates Black Theater”
  2. Festival Sets Goal For Black Theater: New Togetherness – New York

    August Wilson was sitting in the lounge of a downtown hotel the other night talking about the 1989 National Black Theater Festival under way …

    August 17, 1989 – Arts – Article
  3. CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK; Black Theater: Beyond Definition – New York

    Maybe it’s the obvious question here this week, during the semiannual National Black Theater Festival, which continues through Saturday at …

    August 08, 2003 – Movies – Article
  4. Daniel Beaty – Emergence-See – Public TheaterTheater – New

    at the National Black Theater festival last year. “I believe him thoroughly when he’s a little girl and when he’s an African prince,” Ms. Dee said in …

    October 1, 2006 – By FELICIA R. LEE – Theater – Print Headline: “A One-Man Rhyming History Slam”
  5. Reviews/Dance; Harlem Ground Is Broken For National Black Theater

    Reviews/Dance; Harlem Ground Is Broken For National Black TheaterFestival Sets Goal For Black Theater: New Togetherness

    May 21, 1989 – Arts – Article
  6. ‘Seed’ Opens at National Black Theater – Review

    chance in “Seed,” a play by Radha Blank at the National Black Theater. …by the Classical Theater of Harlem and Hip-Hop Theater Festival, …

    September 29, 2011 – By ANITA GATES – Theater / Theater Reviews – Article – Print Headline: “Kindness, Again by Strangers

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