OUR POLICY STATEMENT
The ABTF is committed to providing a platform for artists to present their artistic experiences with dignity and creativity. We welcome all artists with open arms and strive towards being an institutional "soft place to fall".
We will work diligently towards vigorously engaging the next generation with programming that expands their horizons. We will not use our gifts to teach our youth what to think, we will use them to teach our youth how to think---creatively.
We will continue to partner with companies and businesses that are invested in building community and promoting principles and practices that support family, equality, and peaceful coexistence.
We will continue our campaign to encourage love and appreciation of self and each other through the performing arts.
We make this moral declaration and appeal to higher level thinkers to join us in support of this movement towards healing and wholeness as an artistic community--a self-sustaining platform that builds bridges, not walls.
WILLIAM "BILL" HARRIS
Kresge Award Winner, Acclaimed Novelist, Poet, and Playwright
DRS. CARLTON AND BARBARA MOLETTE
NBTF Living Legend Award, BTN Lifetime Membership Award among many. Acclaimed playwrights and authors.
TAUREAN BLACQUE, LIFETIME HONORARY CHAIR
Emmy Nominated Actor, NAACP Image Award, ABTF Theatre Legend Award 2012
Associate Professor at New York University's Gallatin School, NYU's 2005 Distinguished Teaching Award, Walt Disney Fellow, National Endowment of the Arts Fellow (Playwriting), President (Emeritus) Black Theatre Network
Vice President, Community Development Banking, PNC Bank
CEO, Jeanette Hill Productions, multiple award winning playwright.
SHIRLENE HOLMES, PhD
Associate Professor at Georgia State University, Lorraine Hansberry Scriptwriting Award, Nancy Dean Distinguished Playwriting Award, Kennedy Arts Center for the Arts Playwriting Residency.
Professor at Winston-Salem State University, Artistic Director at 7am Productions, Playwright (20+plays), Coordinating participant of National Black Arts Festival, National Black Theatre Festival, Tampa Bay Theatre Festival, DC Black Theatre Festival and national workshop facilitator.
CEO, Primus Marketing Works. Global marketing strategist and consultant. Talk Radio Host of The Local Take with Kiplyn Primus WCLK 91.9 JAZZ
URSULA O. ROBINSON
Chair, South Carolina State University, Department of Drama, multiple award winning playwright.
Front Row Produtions, Four time Tony Award Nominee, Olivier Award, AUDELCO Award,
WOODIE KING, JR
American Theatre Hall of Fame Inductee, NAACP Image Award, AUDELCO Award, Obie Award
NAACP Image Award, New York Times & Essence Magazine Best Selling Author, Oprah Legend
Emmy Nominee, NAACP Image Award
Tony Award, Four Time Grammy Nominee, Oprah Legend
WHAT IS THE ATLANTA BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL?
A diverse line-up of artists drawn from around the corner to around the globe. The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival of "40 plays in 4 days" is hardly enough time to preserve and share the stories of the African diaspora.
In just six short years, the ABTF has presented over 200 live events while providing opportunities for over 1,300 of the most prolific literary, visual and performing artists of our time. This annual event pays tribute to the most colorful tales of triumph and tragedy with salient humor and humanity.
Whether you're a fan of Tyler Perry, August Wilson or just a lover of world class black art, the amazing shows plus the international vendors' market will make this popular fall festival one of your favorite things to do in Atlanta!
The mission of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is to connect people and build community through rich artistic experiences.
Our prime aim is to:
Our program of events consists of the following:
We search the globe to create the most intriguing line-up of original works. So whether you're a fan of August Wilson, Tyler Perry or Shakespeare, there's something good for you at the ABTF. We attract thousands of theatre lovers from around the world seeking cutting-edge live performances representing all genres of theatre.
Visit our international vendors market for a unique selection of fine and wearable art. This is not your typical retail experience. These vendors come by "invitation only". They are pre-screened and must meet our high standards for quality, variety, and uniqueness.
READER'S THEATRE SERIES...
This popular event has morphed into a "mini-festival" featuring emerging and seasoned playwrights for a marathon readings of original works. Audiences love to engage actors and authors to dissect meaning and interpret purpose from the minds of some of the most prolific wordsmiths of our time.
We offer a wide variety of educational workshops, speakers and professional development sessions for engaging social enrichment or skill enhancement. Witness our vigorously debated symposium panelists, artist workshops, master classes and speaker series. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity and freedom to engage in community conversations, while exploring solutions--unapologetically.
Nightly kickbacks offer unique networking opportunities for one of the largest gathering of game-changers in the performing arts arena. Capped off by celebrity gala where we pay homage to the legends that have shaped the storytelling landscape.
Yes! There's a HUGE celebration of the arts in Atlanta! Join us every year on Indigenous Peoples' (Columbus) Day weekend at the festival of 40 plays in 4 days. It's a performing arts marathon consisting of over 200 artists representing 18 states and 3 countries. We promise--this is like no other cultural experience!