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Students And Stars To Gather At National Black Theatre Festival

The National Black Theatre Festival is an international celebration and reunion of spirit. It is produced by the North Carolina Black Repertory Inc. and will be held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina August 3-8. This year’s co-chairs are Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams.

Founded by Larry Leon Hamlin with the support of Dr. Maya Angelou in 1989, the National Black Theatre Festival has become the most significant event in Black American theatre history. NBTF is held biennially and attracts more than 65,000 people during the week long event. Throughout the six days there is an Opening Night Gala, Celebrity Receptions, Readers’ Theatre of New Works, National Black Film Fest, the Youth Celebrity Project, Midnight Poetry Jam, TeenTastic (Collaborative Teen Initiative), International Colloquium, International Vendor’s Market, NBTF Fringe, Author’s Pavilion, Artists Networking Showcase, Workshops and Seminars, the Larry Leon Hamlin Solo Performance Series, and 35 Black Theatre Companies from across the country and abroad offering over 100 performances.

This is sure to be an incredible event for the world of Black Theatre! You have to go at least once and this is your year. You can’t be a part of the community and have never gone to the National Black Theatre Festival For more information on the National Black Theatre Festival and its history visit

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