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Black Theatre Network 30th Anniversary Conference - 2016
Black Theatre Future Forward
August 7-10, 2016 
Chicago, IL
Honorary Chair: Forest Whitaker (Actor/Director)

Black Theatre Network (BTN) celebrates it’s 30th anniversary conference and is seeking panel/roundtable proposals, papers, workshops and presentations from scholars, artists and professionals based on this year’s theme: Black Theatre Future Forward. Presentations should celebrate, introduce, or examine, the works, concepts and challenges of contemporary innovators (playwrights, designers, companies, etc.), highlight/examine pivotal contributions (past and present), or, present scholarly/professional ideas towards the advancement of Black Theatre.    -   More Information

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WELCOME! For over 25 years, the Black Theatre Network has collected, processed and distributed information that supports the professional and personal development of its membership (comprised of representatives from all areas of theatre, community and professional organizations, and academic institutions).

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Appproaches to Teaching the Plays of August WilsonApproaches to Teaching the Plays of August Wilson , Edited by Sandra G. Shannon and Sandra L. Richards. Published by The Modern Language Association of America (February 1, 2016).

" In part 1 of this volume, 'Materials,' the editors survey sources on Wilson's biography, teachable texts of Wilson's plays, useful secondary readings, and compelling audiovisual and Web resources. The essays in part 2, 'Approaches,' look at a diverse set of issues in Wilson's work, including the importance of blues and jazz, intertextual connections to other playwrights, race in performance, Yoruban spirituality, and the role of women in the plays."

Sandra G. Shannon is professor of African American literature at Howard University.  Sandra L. Richards is professor of African American studies, theater, and performance studies at Northwestern University.

 Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Approaches-Teaching-August-Wilson-Literature/dp/1603292586

Contemporary Plays by African American WomenContemporary Plays by African American Women.  African American women have increasingly begun to see their plays performed from regional stages to Broadway. Yet many of these artists still struggle to gain attention. In this volume, Sandra Adell draws from the vital wellspring of works created by African American women in the twenty-first century to present ten plays by both prominent and up-and-coming writers. Taken together, the selections portray how these women engage with history as they delve into--and shake up--issues of gender and class to craft compelling stories of African American life. Gliding from gritty urbanism to rural landscapes, these works expand boundaries and boldly disrupt modes of theatrical representation.

Sandra Adell is professor of Afro-American Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Howard University Gallery of Art Presents ‘Reflections: African American Life’ from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection<<<

Howard University is pleased to announce Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection, an exhibition which honors the lives, traditions, and environments of African Americans in the 20th century. Featuring more than 50 pieces from the collection of renowned costume designer and arts patron, Myrna Colley-Lee, Reflections tells a story of heritage, community, and place. Reflections is on view at Howard University Gallery of Art from Aug. 17 through Oct. 27. The Gallery, located in Childers Hall, is open Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

 http://www.howard.edu/newsroom/releases/2013/20130809HowardUniversityGalleryofARtPresents%20ReflectionsAfricanAmericanLifefromteMyrnaColleyLeeCollection.html

Afrocentric Theatre Barbara and Carlton Molette, describes a framework for interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating theatre that is based in Afrocentric culture and values. It updates and expands the Molettes’ ground-breaking book, Black Theatre: Premise and Presentation, that has been required reading in Black theatre courses for over twenty-five years.   To contact the authors, for further information, or to order the book: www.afrocentrictheatre.com  (view book cover)

Selected Plays by Alice Childress Edited by Kathy A. Perkins.  As the first African American woman to have a play professionally produced in New York City (Gold Through the Trees, in 1952) and the first woman to win an Obie for Best Play (for Trouble in Mind, in 1956), Alice Childress occupies an important but surprisingly under-recognized place in American drama. . . . Read More

Theorizing Black Theatre: Art vs Protest in Critical Writings 1898 - 1965By Henry Miller.  Henry Miller brings the heart of a dramaturg over the role of Black Theatre--is it for the sake of building a set of aesthetically strong dramatic art . . . or for the sake of propagandizing a point of view? Read More

Say Word!  Voices from Hip Hop Theater.  An Anthology Edited and with an Introduction by Daniel Banks The phenomenon known as Hip Hop encompasses a global, multiethnic, grassroots culture committed to social justice and self-expression through performance. Hip Hop Theater emerged from that culture, mixing spoken-word performance with music and dance and marked by Hip Hop's strong sense of activism and resistance. . . Read More

Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 - by Koritha Mitchell.  Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890–1930 demonstrates that popular lynching plays were mechanisms through which African American communities survived actual and photographic mob violence. Often available in periodicals, lynching plays were read aloud or acted out by black church members, schoolchildren, and families.e.. . . Read More

 

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News from Von Washington - If you are looking for theatre scripts dealing with African American history and daily situations you might want to take a look at what Von Washington offers through Washington Productions.  Click here


 

Congratulations to Michael Connor whose play Project D has been selected for the National Black Theatre Festivals' Readers Theatre this summer.  Project D is part of a grant to help shed light on this debilitating disease that is now affecting major populations in the world.   Livingstone College, where Connor teaches, is working with Maya Angelou Center's for Health Equity at Wake Forest University to spread an awareness about diabetes. 


 Congratulations to BTN Presdient Michael Dinwiddie for receiving the Spirit Award (June 18) from the National Black Theatre in New York, along with Micki Grant, Michele Shay.


 Dear BTN Family and Friends: Congratulations to Kathy Perkins who will receive an award for “Outstanding Achievement” in lighting design and to Barbara and Carlton Molette who will be recognized as “Living Legends” at the Black Theatre Festival. Best wishes and continued success to all three! You are an inspiration to all of us!

Judy Stephens-Lorenz


I’ve written and produced my 2nd audio play, The Magic Orange Tree. It is part of the Atlanta Fringe Festival. You can listen to The Magic Orange Tree from now until June 30 at  http://official.fm/tracks/gxoF. It is an adaptation of a Haitian folktale. I hope you have as much fun listening to it as I had making it. ENJOY!    (View promo poster)

Jessica Bodiford.  Fringe Radio Director, Atlanta Fringe Festival.  http://www.atlantafringe.org/ 


NEW BOOK:  Afrocentric Theatre, By Barbara and Carlton Molette,  describes a framework for interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating theatre that is based in Afrocentric culture and values. It updates and expands the Molettes’ ground-breaking book, Black Theatre: Premise and Presentation, that has been required reading in Black theatre courses for over twenty-five years.   To contact the authors, for further information, or to order the book: www.afrocentrictheatre.com  (view book cover)


West Virginia State Opens Experimental Theatre for Student Productions

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – Theatre students at West Virginia State University (WVSU) now have a new venue for small-scale productions and educational opportunities.  The David Stephen Skeen Black Box Theatre opened in March and provides a safe, well-equipped place to explore and test the boundaries of theatre with no creative restrictions.  Read more

Dr. Donna M. Simon

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