Dear family and friends,


For the past 11-years, the DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival has been at the forefront of bringing great stories to life. While we have certainly weathered our share of storms in the process, we are now clearly in challenging times. At this moment, we need to take a pause for a moment and reshape the way we share our stories. So, starting June 29, the DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival will be going VIRTUAL – with interviews, workshops, musical concerts, performances, and whenever possible, small, outdoor, well-spaced performances, as it becomes safe to do so.


The most important part of this reshaping is that the festival will also move from our 15-day schedule, to a schedule that celebrates our stories of color throughout year. That’s right, from June 29, 2020 until January 2021 the DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival will bring an incredible array of art to you. All you have to do is stay home, stay safe, turn on the computer and we will take care of the rest!


Our hearts go out to all of those who are affected by this pandemic and we salute the heroes who are working tirelessly to keep us safe and secure. This is a challenging time, however, we are looking forward to the day when we once again come together to experience the power of theatre, side by side.



Crys Brown, President

Glenn Alan, Executive Director


All About the Plays

The DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival’s full-length plays are divided into 3 groups; Traditional, Urban and Gospel Stage Plays. Over 300 plays were submitted for the Festival season, of which, only 100 full-length plays were selected.


The DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival holds fast in its commitment to provide quality theatre to all people, while maintaining a balance of richness and variety.  So whether you enjoy the works of August Wilson or Tyler Perry the DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival has something for you.

The New Works Reading Series

is designed to feature new and developing works by both emerging & established artists and serves as an incubator for dramatic works. The New Works Reading Series is a forum in which the artist can see their work on stage, collaborate with other professionals, & engage audiences in an open exchange of thoughts and ideas about their work. Attendance for this event is free, but attendees should register to reserve a seat.


 This Week's Featured Performance

Brave Soul Collective (BSC)

Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 7 PM

A Virtual performance addressing the brutalization and murders of black people by police, anti-blackness, systemic racism, transphobia and violence aimed at black trans women.  ​Join BSC in our new virtual black box theatre  for "Question Marks"  and bear witness the power of  artistry in the face of adversity.

Tickets are give what you can (donation based);however, registration is strongly encouraged.


During the evenings performances we'll be using the hashtags:

#Question Marks, #HowDidWeGetHere, #BraveSoulCollective, #WeAreBraveSouls,  #BlackLGBTQIAArt, #DCTheatre,  and #BSCvirtual.

Playwrights: Jared Shamberger, Josette Marina Murray, Thembi Duncan


Cast: Monte J. Wolfe, Josette Marina Murray and Thembi Duncan

festival workshops

The DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival Workshops are a great way to immerse yourself in the world of theatre. Learn to build your acting skills through hands-on instruction in classes designed for beginning, intermediate & professional. Gain new skills and improve on your current ones as you learn from talented instructors. Specialty workshops and activities include; Auditioning,  Acting For Film and Stage, Improv, Stage Makeup, Costumes and so much more.

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