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.

  The One Act Battle

is a 5-day competition divided into 4-categories; Drama, Comedy Adult Theme and Anything Goes. Each night the audience cast their votes to select the best plays of the evening. The winning play from each evening advances to the final round of the competition for the championship title. All plays in the One Act Battle are under strict guidelines and must be under 20 minutes in length.

The Monologue Competition

The DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival is super thrilled to announce the return of our “Monologue Competition.” A 3-minute tour de force of words, actions and a little creativity! Join the hottest actors from around the country as they deliver intimate and electrifying performances and battle for the title “The DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival - Monologue Champion!”

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.