to the 2015 Black Theatre Festival;  a 10 day festival celebrating extraordinary stories told by people of African descent.  This year’s has  an exciting menu of more than 150 provocative and ground breaking theatrical performances, by local and national artists, writers, producers, and theatre companies. DC Black Theatre Festival is also the first theatre festival of its kind to recognize the importance of both urban and traditional theatre.


Join us this year as we celebrate the Family!

Featuring the awarding winning Camden Repertory Theatre and the Unity Community African Dance Ensemble, under the leadership of Desi Seck and Jamal Dickerson. For the past 5 years this Company has brought both unique and outstanding work to the festival. Never have we seen such a professional group of young people dedicated to telling their story.


Camden Repertory Theater & Unity Community African Dance Ensemble is dedicated to providing opportunities for urban communities to discover the power of performing arts through theater arts training and performance. Join us for a new telling of an old story with a new twist; Rapunzel, Rapunzel Let Down Your Locks: A New Musical Libretto by Desi P. Seck, Music & Lyrics by JP Dickerson, Choreography by Lamar R Baylor, Costume Design by Marci Rodgers.


Washington DC is home to one of the largest deaf and hard of hearing populations in all of the United States. Within that community are a myriad of incredibly talented performing artists and writers. This year, the DCBTF has the honor of collaborating with some of these artists to bring to our stages a series of unique productions that give our, until now, 100% hearing audiences, an inside look into deaf culture. We are seeking to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing communities through the the Arts. Featuring the work of Award-winning artists Michelle A. Banks, Fred Michael Beam and CJ Jones.


DC  Black Theatre Festival will also offer a wide array of Visual Presentations, Celebrity Workshops, Monologue Competition and the  ever famous   One-Act  Battle;   a   nightly   one-act competition that concludes at the end of the week with the winners of each  night  battling  for  the  titled  “Best of the Best.” Hosted by Petri Hawkins Byrd










 After the last performance, don’t miss the nightly After Party, featuring live music and entertainment, and lively discussions with audience members and performers. You do not want to miss this chance of being among the  first  to  say,   “I was there when the DC Black Theatre Festival changed the way theatre was done!”