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"Eight Countries and dozens of festivals. This is, by far, the BEST!"

 ~Manuel Ortiz, 

Latin American Theater Corridor

the home of the atlanta black theatre festival!

PORTER SANFORD III PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Home of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center AtlantaBTF.org

All the magic at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival happens under one roof!

October 2 - 5, 2019

3181 Rainbow Drive * Decatur, GA 30034


  • 42,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art theatre space!
  • Conveniently located off Hwy 20 & 285. Just 10 miles from downtown Atlanta in historic Decatur! 
  • Fully accessible with free parking! 

Fall Festival programs

LIVE PERFORMANCES

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2017

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is the home of the nation's largest selection of Afro-centric urban and traditional plays under one roof. The ABTF was recently named among the five "top theatre festivals to visit around the world" by TopTenZilla.com. More like a family reunion than a festival, the event schedule is a full marathon of plays, master classes, parties, musical performances, vendors' market and more. 

STAGED READINGS

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2016

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival's popular staged reading series features original works from the minds of some of the most  prolific wordsmiths of our time!  Writers have a rare opportunity to test or share original content for live stage and/or digital platforms.  Each reading  gives patrons a rare glimpse into the development process. Staged readings are followed with an audience "talk back"! 

CREATIVECON: MASTER CLASSES

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2016

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!  It takes more than talent to make it in this industry. Are you looking for an opportunity to network, share industry trends, tips and tricks in a supportive, collaborative environment?  Atlanta Black Theatre Festival's Creative Connections for Artists is a just that.  A unique platform that intimately connects aspiring artists with influential entertainment experts, professors, and award-winning professionals. 

VENDORS' MKT & GALLERY

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2017

Experience our version of "Black Friday"!  Economic viability is a crucial pillar to building community. The  Atlanta Black Theatre Festival's International Vendors' Market and Art Gallery connects you with proprietors that offer a unique selection of visual, fine and wearable art.  Start your holiday shopping early while keeping community based businesses in the "black"!  This event is free and open to the public. Gallery talks require registration (due to limited space).  


CELEBRITY GALA AWARDS

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2012

Spend one or all four power packed days immersed in an incredible artistic experience. This star studded event closes with a Gala that includes a critically acclaimed performance and tribute to celebrity legends who have  paved the way for the next generation. This red carpet event is immediately followed by the reveal of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Favorite Award winners and a VIP After Glow!  Perfect for those looking for extraordinary things to do in Atlanta!

ACOUSTIC ACCENTS

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2018

The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is proudly expanding this platform to provide LIVE musical entertainment every night in the Backstage Cafe'. This post show entertainment treat is our commitment to host curated quality talent from the community.  So grab a beverage and a bite and savor the sounds of underground Atlanta! 

community and youth

ABTF ENCORE!

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2012

The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival brings you the best of the fest with  ABTF Encore!  We select your Festival Favorite and bring it back for a full-run.   Dates: April 10 - 14, 2019

Venue: Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center


INTERNSHIPS

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2018

Reaching our youth... 

The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival collaborates with universities like South Carolina State, Fort Valley State and Georgia State, to provide hands on experiences to the next generation of African-American students seeking opportunities in creative careers. 

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2014

Common Core Standards come alive at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival! Thanks to strong pARTnerships with corporations like  PNC Bank, we present curriculum centered, historically themed plays. Each play is presented with a socially responsible message to students in public, private, charter and home schools. 

YOUTH TRAINING

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival  STEAM Camp 2016

S.T.A.R.T. TEEN CAMP:  A summer art and technology S.T.E.A.M. camp that provides educational and internship training for teens interested in creative careers in theatre and the digital arts (tv, film).   


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