Black Theatre Symposium

Black Theatre Symposium

Saturday, March 1, 2014 . 9:30AM
Black Theatre Symposium
Special Announcement: 

Expect parking and traffic delays from 10AM to 4PM due to a lacrosse game at the stadium.

How does Black theatre fit into the framework of our nation’s history and culture? Who are the dominant voices in Black theatre today? What can we expect from Black theatre in the 21st century?

This symposium will challenge assumptions about the boundaries of race and allow a diverse collective of students, scholars and professionals to engage in a spirited dialogue about the past, present and future of Black theatre.

Sessions will include panel discussions, workshops, performances and explorations of the Black theatre canon from the 19th century through the present day.

Lunch is included in registration fee.


9:30AM: Free Continental Breakfast
10:00AM: Welcome and Overview

Gildenhorn Recital Hall

With Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill, Dean of UMD Arts and Humanities

11:15AM: Breakout session #1
Musical Theatre

Facilitated by Michael Bobbitt, Producing Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre


Facilitated by Caleen Sinnette Jennings, Professor of Theatre at American University

Theatre and Hip-Hop Culture

Facilitated by Goldie Deane, Executive Director/Founder of FRESHH, Inc

12:45PM: Catered Lunch
Business and Branding Chat-N-Chew

Facilitated by Dionne Audain

2PM: Breakout Session #2
Producing Black Theatre

Facilitated by Imani Drayton-Hill, Senior Consultant and Co-Founder JoMa Arts and Consulting, LLC

Black Dance and Performance

Facilitated by Alvin Mayes, Director of Undergraduate Dance at University of Maryland


Facilitated by Tim Jones, Prop Shop Manager at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

3:45PM: Breakout Session #3
Theatre for Young Audiences

Facilitated by Kim Peter Kovak, Senior Program Director of the Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences Program

Education: Inclusion and Diversity

Facilitated by Sheri L. Parks, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland


Facilitated by Faedra Carpenter, Assistant Professor of Theatre at University of Maryland

5:15PM: Dinner Break
7:30PM: Final Performances

Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Please join us for showings from our community’s talented students. Performances will include students from the University of Maryland, and other local institutions.

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Preview by WAMU

'We don't expect at the end of this symposium to have some sort of magic solution to some societal or racial problem,' [symposium co-organizer Thembi Duncan] continues. 'This is about us coming together, having a conversation and listening to each other.'

— REBECCA SHEIR, WAMU, February 21, 2014

Preview by Broadway World

"This is one of the first times in my memory the community of Black theatre artists in DC has truly united its creative talent in a single space," said [Scot] Reese. "The Symposium is our chance to examine the gamut of Black theatre in this region and define its direction."

Broadway World, February 25, 2014