Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-06-09
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Black Ensemble Theater, African American theater companies across country form new national alliance
--From a press release
2021-06-01

This article shared 434 times since Tue Jun 1, 2021
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


[CHICAGO, IL] — In an effort to share knowledge, resources and strengthen the infrastructure of the Black theatre landscape in the United States, the country's independent Black theatre building owners, including Black Ensemble Theater, have forged a new alliance. The National Association of Black Theatre Building Owners (NABTBO) will work together to ensure the sustainability, longevity, and growth of the Black Theater Movement in the United States.

The National Association of Black Theatre Building Owners (NABTBO) will share knowledge, resources, increase awareness of the vital importance of African American Theater to the cultural fabric of our country and work together to insure the sustainability and growth of the Black theatre national landscape.

NABTBO honors, respects, and supports all Black Theater companies, collegiate, store fronts, and church theaters across the nation that continue to amplify our voices, and is proud to a part of this important community. Black theaters are all playing in the same field and there is room and a need for all. Members of NABTBO only differ in that we have built property on the playing field, which creates a different perspective and responsibility as landowners.

To date, the members of NABTBO include: Westcoast Black Theater Troupe (wbtt.org) in Sarasota,The Arena Players in Baltimore (arenaplayersinc.com), Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago (blackensembletheater.org), The Ensemble Theatre in Houston (ensemblehouston.com), ETA in Chicago (etacreativearts.org), Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis (hattiloo.org), and National Black Theatre in New York City (nationalblacktheatre.org).

These entities were first brought together by Chuck Smith, celebrated and award winning national theater director, who urged them to start working together, and so the leaders of these theaters have committed to being a conduit for creating strategies and building platforms to benefit Black Theater as a holistic community. The companies are increasing their interaction and communication while developing and implementing strategies that will affect positive change resulting in strengthening the Black Theater community on a national level.

The membership of NABTBO believes that "In owning our buildings we are an indestructible force that stand together to ensure that these 'homes' will continue to remain a birthplace for our playwrights, actors, designers, musicians and artists. We offer permanent shelter and an opportunity live, grow, and thrive while moving forward in our commitment to perpetuate the importance of Black Theater to the growth and development of American culture.

Every family has or had a storyteller like August Wilson's character "Aunt Ester." Entrepreneurial siblings like those in Dominique Morisseau's play Detroit 67 continue to keep Black American communities exciting and innovative. The journeys taken in Pearl Cleage's Flyin' West and Jiréh Breon Holder's Too Heavy for Your Pocket are important to travel over and again. NABTBO is committed to writers such as these so that we may be a conduit to increase their longevity and put in place initiatives that will help their careers to flourish while working to spread their voices to audiences across the United States.

In the 1960s, the Black Arts Movement prompted the need for culturally specific institutions dedicated to providing consistent employment and internship opportunities for Black artists. Today, the member-theatres of NABTBO are moving forward, ensuring that the Black Arts Movement is alive and well and living in their 'houses' while spotlighting, maintaining, and strengthening the Black aesthetic of then, now and tomorrow.

The Black Ensemble Theater

Founded in 1976, by the phenomenal producer, playwright and actress Jackie Taylor, Black Ensemble Theater is the only African American theater located in the culturally, racially and ethnically diverse north side Uptown community. Through its Five Play Season of Excellence, The Black Ensemble Theater dazzles audiences locally, nationally and internationally with outstanding original musicals that are entertaining, educational and uplifting. The Black Ensemble Theater has produced more than 100 productions and employed over 5,000 artists.

The mission of the Black Ensemble Theater Company is to eradicate racism and its devastating effects upon society through the theater arts. For more information on the Black Ensemble Theater Company, visit www.BlackEnsembleTheater.org or call 773-769-4451.


This article shared 434 times since Tue Jun 1, 2021
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Black Ensemble Theater receives $5M grant from MacKenzie Scott 2021-06-17
- Black Ensemble Theater founder, Executive Director and CEO Jackie Taylor announced that the theater has received a $5 million grant from MacKenzie Scott. Taylor said she hopes that this gift will motivate other philanthropists and funders ...


Gay News

Blue Man Group returning Aug. 18 2021-06-16
- Blue Man Group will return to Chicago's Briar Street Theatre on Wed., Aug. 18. A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, Blue Man Group encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child ...


Gay News

Wizard World Chicago returning Oct. 15-17 2021-06-16
- Wizard Brands, Inc. announced that its flagship event, Wizard World Chicago, will officially make its triumphant return Oct. 15-17 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. All tickets purchased for the originally scheduled event ...


Gay News

Mercury Theater Chicago open house July 10-11; Honey West new Venus Cabaret director 2021-06-14
--From a press release - Chicago (June 14, 2021)— Mercury Theater Chicago will celebrate its reopening plans at an Open House at the Venus Cabaret, 3745 N. Southport Ave, on July 10 and 11, 2021. The Open House will be a ...


Gay News

Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce more summer cultural events across Chicago 2021-06-14
--From a press release - CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced even more returning, new and reimagined summer cultural events across Chicago — plus artist lineups and other details ...


Gay News

Dennis Watkins' The Magic Parlour reopens at Palmer House Hilton on Aug. 6 2021-06-10
- Third-generation magician and mind reader Dennis Watkins announced that Dennis Watkins' The Magic Parlour will return to Chicago's Palmer House Hilton for in-person performances beginning Friday, Aug. 6. Watkins will ...


Gay News

2021-22 Season at Goodman Theatre announced 2021-06-09
--From a press release - (Chicago, IL) It's a summer "homecoming" for Goodman Theatre audiences! On July 30, Chicago's theater since 1925 resumes live, in-person performances following a 16-month COVID-19 pandemic period of darkened stages. ...


Gay News

About Face Theatre announces recipients of playwriting grants 2021-06-09
--From a press release - CHICAGO (June 3, 2021) - About Face Theatre announced today that it is awarding grants to two local LGBTQ+ playwrights to support their creative work. Playwrights Hannah Ii-Epstein (she/her) and ...


Gay News

Actor/artist creates huge mural for new Steppenwolf center 2021-06-07
- Chicago-based artist/actor Tony Fitzpatrick has created a massive mural for the exterior of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's new Arts and Education Center, 1646 N. Halsted St. Commissioned by Steppenwolf as a highly visible public-art installation for th ...


Gay News

Jay Españo named Artistic Director of PrideArts, planning 2021-22 season 2021-06-03
--From a press release - CHICAGO — Jay Espano, a Chicago actor, director, and filmmaker whose theater training includes education in The Philippines as well as an MFA from Chicago's Columbia College, has been named Artistic Director of PrideArts. Cheri Tatar, ...


Gay News

VIRTUAL CONCERT Lyric Opera airing 'The New Classics' on June 10 2021-06-02
- On Thursday, June 10, The Lyric Opera will air airtual cabaret featuring Broadway and Lyric artists in "The New Classics: Songs from the New Golden Age of Musical Theater." The event will start at 7 p.m ...


Gay News

Billy Masters 2021-05-31
- "I will never trust pants again!"—Lil Nas X on his wardrobe malfunction on Saturday Night Live. To see the incident—and Lil's commentary—check out BillyMasters.com. We have a Memorial Day tradition ...


Gay News

Oak Park Festival Theatre holding June 15 talk on James Baldwin 2021-05-29
- Oak Park Festival Theatre is hosting the free online event "James Baldwin: His Impact on the Theatre Then, Now, and in the Future," on Tuesday, June 15, at 7-8 p.m., that will feature scholar/author Dr. Eddie ...


Gay News

Northlight Theatre to open its 2021-2022 season in September 2021-05-25
--From a press release - Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces its 2021-2022 season, opening with the tour-de-force musical Songs for Nobodies, by Joanna ...


Gay News

ARTS 'Teatro ZinZanni' returning July 8 2021-05-25
- Teatro ZinZanni is returning to the Chicago Loop with new acts and a unique, immersive dining and live entertainment experience. Its brand-new show begins July 8 in the Spiegeltent ZaZou, located on the 14th floor in ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.