Virtual 2022 National Black Theatre Festival

Virtual 2022 National Black Theatre Festival

Holy Ground in your home! All roads lead to Winston-Salem, North Carolina August 1-6 for the 2022 National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF), but if you can’t make the trip, we’re bringing the celebration to you. For the first time in NBTF history, select NBTF events will be available virtually through Artarie.com. Experience the excitement of the opening day press conference with celebrity guests and highlights of the upcoming week. Tune in for readings of new plays by Regina Taylor, Lamman Rucker, Ted Lange, and Tony winner Tonya Pinkns. Don’t miss new programming like our Out on Holy Ground: A Celebration of the LGBTQ+ Community with panels featuring the likes of Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Michael R. Jackson, Tony nominee Christina Anderson, GLAAD Media Award winner Harrison David Rivers, and Jeff Augustin. Check out Dr. Derek Suite’s Therapetuic Power of Theatre worshops with celebrity guests Stephen Hill (Magum PI) and T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (That’s So Raven, In Living Color, Cosby). For a full schedule and descritpion of events, please visit: NC Black Rep
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Enjoy all 20 events for only $20! Events will be live-streamed but available virtually for the entire month of August. Don’t miss the chance to experience our International Celebration and Reunion of Spirit on Black Theatre Holy Ground. Order your Virtual NBTF 2022 pass today.

Virtual 2022 National Black Theatre Festival
  • National Black Theatre Festival *Trailer*

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  • 2022 NBTF Opening Press Conference

    The NBTF 2022 kick-off press conference featuring celebrity guests, honorees, and information on highlights for the coming week.

  • Get to Know the National Endowment for the Arts

    Ever wonder what the largest funder of the arts and arts education in communities nationwide has to offer? During this workshop, Ian-Julian Williams, Theater & Musical Theater Specialist, will introduce funding opportunities and special initiatives available through the agency. Later, Ian w...

  • Dark Knights & Silent Nights w/ Stephen Hill (Magnum PI)

    This workshop explores how the constructs of "identity" and "masculinity" influence the male psyche, and men's mental wellbeing. Special attention will be given to culturally sensitive, holistic strategies for maintaining mental health, wellbeing, and peak performance in the context of historic...

  • Celebrity Reading: Jeffrey Manor by Tony winner Tonya Pinkins

    In JEFFREY MANOR, three generations of Chicago women juggle the vagaries of being Black and female in America. All of them laughing through the tears as the matriarch Bessie wields a mother's love to keep her family from falling apart.

  • African Diaspora Network with Dr. Monica White Ndounou - Part 1

    This workshop will serve as one of The International Black Theatre Summit's satellite summit events and think tanks. IBTS convenes practitioners and scholars in theatre, film, television and related media to strategize sustainable, empowering pathways for Black storytelling across platforms. This...

  • African Diaspora Network with Dr. Monica White Ndounou - Part 2

    This workshop will serve as one of The International Black Theatre Summit's satellite summit events and think tanks. IBTS convenes practitioners and scholars in theatre, film, television and related media to strategize sustainable, empowering pathways for Black storytelling across platforms. This...

  • Hannibal of the Alps by Michael Dinwiddie and directed by Dr. John Shévin Foster

    Synopsis: Paris, 1924. A 22-year-old Langston Hughes is living his dream life, struggling to make sense of the Jazz Age and the poetry swirling in his brain.

  • Panel-Representation Matters: Moderated by Marcia Pendelton

    Out on Holy Ground LGBTQ+ Panel-Representation Matters: Moderated by Marcia Pendelton, Producer & host of Backstage Stories, WBAI New York, 99.5 FM.

    Overview: The Black LGBTQIA+ playwrights panel will focus on the creative process, influences, challenges, triumphs, and the importance of repr...

  • Navigating the Mental Health Stage w/ Darcel Dillard-Suite, M.S.

    Dr. Derek Suite's Therapeutic Power of Theater-Navigating the Mental Health Stage: A conversation with Darcel Dillard- Suite, M.S., special guest T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (That's so Raven, In Living Color, Cosby)

    At a time when stress, fear and anxiety easily collide when women are daily trying to...

  • International Colloquium Keynote Address by Obi Egbuna, Jr.

    International Colloquium Keynote Address by Obi Egbuna, Jr.
    The theme for the 2022 Colloquium is The Art of Liberation.

  • Celebrity Reading of #NWord by Christian Elder

    Celebrity Reading of #NWord by Christian Elder

    #NWORD is a play about relationship under the spectre of racism. It begins when a video of an eight-year old white girl calling an eight-year-old Black boy the "n-word" on the school bus appears online; and the mothers of the children, Vaughn and Ma...

  • Reading: Voices From The Black : LGBTQIA+, Directed by Keith Arthur Bolden

    Reading: Voices From The Black : LGBTQIA+, Directed by Keith Arthur Bolden

    Synopsis: Voices from the Black: LGBTQIA+ is a celebration of plays and scenes created by nationally recognized and emerging gay and trans artists/advocates.

  • Celebrity Reading of Traces (The Movie) by Lamman Rucker

    Celebrity Reading of Traces (The Movie) by Lamman Rucker

    Best friends, Matt Anderson and Sterling Gamble have been virtually inseparable since their teen years until one fateful day that changes everything. Will corporate espionage ruin the Gamble family legacy? Do brotherly bonds survive when t...

  • Panel - Telling our Stories: Black Queer Voices in Winston-Salem

    Out on Holy Ground LGBTQ+ Panel-Telling our Stories: Black Queer Voices in Winston-Salem, Moderated by Nayasia Coleman: WFU Assistant Director, LGBTQ+ Center

    Overview: Theater gives us a window into other people’s lives and experiences. In this panel we will hear from members of Winston-Salem’s ...

  • How to Become Friends with Your Worst Enemy : Managing High Performance Stress

    Dr. Derek Suite's Therapeutic Power of Theater--How to Become Friends with Your Worst Enemy: Managing High Performance Stress

    This interactive workshop explores some of the hidden causes and global effects of unmanaged stress and anxiety on those who regularly navigate the performance space. Par...

  • Celebrity Reading of Blues in My Coffee by Ted Lange

    Celebrity Reading of Blues in My Coffee by Ted Lange

    Two black guys have just ordered their favorite coffees in Starbucks. Walker Castile is a comic book geek and desires all things blonde including his Blonde Vanilla Latte, a vanilla creation through and through. Alonzo T. Sterling is only a fe...

  • Reading : GWENEVERE by Isiah Reaves, Directed by Hillda Willis

    Out on Holy Ground LGBTQ+ Reading: GWENEVERE by Isiah Reaves, Directed by Hillda Willis

    Synopsis: Tensions rise as Eric and Raquel confront their own biases about masculinity and race when their young son plays with a doll...but nobody knows that the ghosts of history are watching and will prote...

  • Shakespeare at Sunset : Romeo y Julieta by Matias De La Flor

    Shakespeare at Sunset : Romeo y Julieta by Matias De La Flor

    Description/Synopsis: A new bilingual adaptation (English/Spanish) of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Romeo y Julieta are stove-crossed lovers who challenge their family’s predominant culinary empires until the world knows their love...

  • Staged Reading of The Ghostmans by Jeannine Foster-McKelvia

    Staged Reading of The Ghostmans by Jeannine Foster-McKelvia

    When two young men, being pursued by the Klan, leave a small town in Mississippi for the big city in the North, everyone's life changes. Segregation, dreams, disappointments, criminal justice, and a Mother's love.

  • Public Conversation with Dr. James Pope and Obi Egbuna, Jr.

    International Colloquium - Public Conversation with Dr. James Pope and Obi Egbuna, Jr.

    A participatory conversation focused on The Art of Liberation