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Black Theatre Day, is a collective effort launched in 2021 by The International Black Theatre Summit, which is led by Dr. Monica White Ndounou, Associate Professor of Theater at Dartmouth College and founding Executive Director of The CRAFT Institute, with additional support from WACO Theatre Center, Project1Voice, and Plowshares Theatre Company with regional planning committees that include Support Black Theatre, African-American Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Black Theatre Collective, the Hansberry Project, the Black Theatre Network, and The St. Louis Black Repertory Company. Cohorts and allies throughout the Black Theatre field include numerous participating organizations and supporters over the past two years.


"No single person, organization, or generation can save Black Theatre. 

We all have a role to play. So when I first conceived of Black Theatre Day, it emerged from a shared desire to raise public awareness of the importance of Black theatres, standing together, anchored by a shared history that celebrates Black theatres' ongoing efforts to create and sustain safe spaces to develop our craft and tell our stories.

Black Theatre Day  is part of a continuum spanning centuries; a collective effort and emerging model, that when combined with the various efforts of multiple change agents, can benefit the entire Black theatre field.

The Black Theatre Day planning committee along with countless participants and change agents throughout the field are taking Black Theatre Day to the next level this year and every year! It takes all of us to secure the future of Black Theatre Forever.

Happy Black Theatre Day!"

- Dr. Ndounou

The Black Theatre Day 2023

National Committee 


 Dr. Monica White NdounouThe CRAFT Institute, The International Black Theatre Summit, Create Ensemble, Dartmouth College

Shay WaferWACO Theatre Company

Erich McMillan-McCallProject1 Voice

Gary AndersonPlowshares Theatre Company, Black Theatre Network

Regional Committees

Carlton V Bell IIBirmingham Black Theatre Collective

Sophina BrownSupport Black Theatre

Sherri YoungAfrican-American Shakespeare Company 

Valerie Curtis-NewtonThe Hansberry Project

Ron HimesThe St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre

David ParkerBirmingham Black Theatre Collective

Aija PenixBirmingham Black Theatre Collective

K. Zaheerah SultanBlack Theatre Network



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