CRAFT Courses are courses, classes, and programs, designed and taught in alignment with The CRAFT Institute's Mission.
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Featuring (in order of appearance): Mauricio Salgado, Eve Graves, Esther Armah, nicHi douglas, Stephen Buescher, John Cornelius, Michael Bobbitt, and Monica Ndounou. Music by Tuânminh Đỗ

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Feb 6th 12pm EST

Feb 20th 12pm EST

March 6th 12pm EST

March 20th 1pm EST

April 3rd 12pm EDT

May 1st 2pm EDT

May 15th 12pm EDT

June 5th 12pm EDT


Word Play with 

nicHi douglas

In word play, we finna take a real close lewk at the way language stay changin’ for Black folx. we gonna read texts, talmbout slang, and we finna write our own stuff.  Join us!

Dates: Saturdays, October 17th, October 24th, October 31st, and November 7th

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm EST

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Emotional Justice: Truth & Accountability Session 

with Esther Armah

In this interactive course, specifically designed for Black participants, we will explore the four pillars of the Emotional Framework. Explore our understanding of how trauma shapes our daily lives while developing a truth and accountability tool that can become a part of your practice as an artist.

Date: Sunday October 25

12:00pm-1:30pm EST

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Negotiating - Getting Paid What You're Worth with 

Stephen Buescher

What is negotiation? - what sort of strategies and tactics can you use to get more out of the situation? What are some tips to make sure that you are always on top? Workshop led by Stephen Buescher in partnership with the Craft Institute

Date: Sunday November 8th

3:00pm-4:30pm EST


How to Write a Black Joy Musical Without Sacrificing the Tension and Truth of Black History? with

Michael J. Bobbitt

Look forward to celebrating the contributions of Black people to the canon of musical theatre in this country.

Date: Saturday November 21st

12:00pm EST

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Digging Into Black Life and the Black Archive: Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel with Dr. Marta


This course will use Lynn Nottage's play, Intimate Apparel, to raise questions about Black life in turn of century New York. We will center Black women experiences in the city and examine how archival materials relate to race, gender, and class

Date: Saturday December 5th

12pm EST


In this course, Kathy will explore her inspiration for her designs and explain how her research as a historian and world traveler informs the work creates on the stage. 

Come explore the magic of light!

Date: Saturday December 19th

12pm EST



"The Making of 21st Century Exhibits: Curating a National Black Theater Museum/Institution"

     Dr. Monica White Ndounou | Dartmouth College Department of Theater and the African and African American Studies Program in collaboration with Hattiloo Theatre's National Black Theatre Museum project

"This class provided seventeen students an opportunity to learn about black theatre history, scholarship and practice in the U.S. and abroad. In the process, students helped develop ideas and curated exhibits that represented a range of formats and platforms. The DCAL-funded course was designed and taught by Ndounou in Spring 2019, which included a collaboration with IBTS Executive Committee member, Ekundayo Bandele, the Founder and CEO of Hattiloo Theatre, who conceived and developed the National Black Theatre Museum (NBTM) project in Memphis, TN.  Through the course, the project engaged Dartmouth students in the ever-evolving NBTM curation process.  Other experiential learning opportunities included activities with the local community’s regional black theatre, JAG Productions, and events featuring choreographer Camille A. Brown during her spring 2019 Dartmouth residency[. . .] "

Follow the links below to read the articles published by Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth Library, 

'Experiencing Black Theater in America'

'Curating a National Black Theater Museum'

NOTE: This video does not include all of the elements of the course  

Additional information about the course and collaborators will be shared through The CRAFT Institute