2012

MELBA MOORE

Tony Award, Four Time Grammy Nominee, Oprah Legend

PAST Legendary Honorees

ABOUT US

(Board of Advisors in alphabetical order)


TAUREAN BLACQUE, HONORARY CHAIR

Emmy Nominated Actor, NAACP Image Award, ABTF Theatre Legend Award 2012


MICHAEL DINWIDDIE

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


ANTONIO HENSON

Vice President, Community Development Banking, PNC Bank


JEANETTE HILL

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. 


ANDRE' MINKINS

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.  


KIPLYN PRIMUS

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.

Board of Advisors

2013

PEARL CLEAGE

NAACP Image Award, New York Times & Essence Magazine Best Selling Author, Oprah Legend

2012

TAUREAN BLACQUE

Emmy Nominee, NAACP Image Award

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. 


2016

DRS. CARLTON AND BARBARA MOLETTE

NBTF Living Legend Award, BTN Lifetime Membership Award among many. Acclaimed playwrights and authors.

planning committee


2014

ALIA JONES-HARVEY

Front Row Produtions, Four time Tony Award Nominee,  Olivier Award, AUDELCO Award,

2014

WOODIE KING, JR

American Theatre Hall of Fame Inductee, NAACP Image Award,  AUDELCO Award, Obie Award



2015

WILLIAM "BILL" HARRIS

Kresge Award Winner, Acclaimed Novelist, Poet, and Playwright

 WHAT IS THE ATLANTA BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL?


The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival (ABTF) is a world class self-producing platform for playwrights and artists from all over the world to showcase their work in Atlanta! 

In just a few short years, over 1,300 literary, fine and performing artists have used this platform to present over 200 live events.  This is a truly a celebration of cultural diversity augmented with uplifting social engagement and top-notch entertainment.  All who enjoy performing as well as experiencing theatre and the arts are welcome to join in the celebration!


MISSION...

The mission of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is to connect people and build community through rich artistic experiences. 


Our prime aim is to:

  • to promote diversity by creating and expanding opportunities emerging and seasoned artists of color
  • engage and enlighten the next generation,
  • and contribute to the cultural and capital economies of the community 


Our program of events consists of the following:


LIVE PERFORMANCES...

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.


SHOPPING....

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.


CREATIVE CONFERENCE...

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.


A CELEBRATION...

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!