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The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival (ABTF) hosts the nation's preeminent annual collaboration of Black theatre producers, writers, artists, and art lovers from around the globe---ALL UNDER ONE ROOF!
Our prime aim is to develop, promote, and present stories of the African diaspora while providing an authentic voice for and about the Black experience.
Our signature event includes world-class theatre, panels, music, workshops, short films, comedy, play readings, an awards gala, games, prizes, and more.
In 2020, we took our stories to a digital platform with the proud launch of BlackTheatre.TV. With innovative content and a hybrid of live and taped stage events, we streamed a virtual black theatre -at-home experience second to none to thousands of viewers.
We're just getting started! Stay tuned for more and...
Also known as the "Festival of 40 Plays in Four Days", the Atlanta Black Theatre Fesival is more like a family reunion than an art festival. The event schedule is a marathon of curated events that include: world-class live theatre, masterclasses, panels, parties, live music, short films, staged readings, a Black Expo vendors' market, and more!
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 digital platforms (tv/film/web). Each reading gives patrons a glimpse into the development process and an opportunity to give feedback.
CALLING ALL ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ENTREPRENEURS! Are you looking for an opportunity to network and share industry trends while learning in a supportive, collaborative environment? The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival's Creative Connections (CreativeCon) is a unique platform that intimately connects aspiring arts and entertainment entrepreneurs with influential experts and award-winning professionals through workshops, masterclasses, and panels.
Experience our version of "Black Friday"! Economic viability is a crucial pillar to building community. The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival's Afro-Expo Market and Art Gallery connects you with black owned businesses that offer a unique selection of visual, fine and wearable art. Start your holiday shopping early while keeping community based businesses in the "black"! Enjoy live entertainment, product demonstrations, food trucks and more! Admission is FREE with advanced registration. The ABTF Black Expo is sure to become one of your favorite things to do in Atlanta!
Spend all four power-packed days immersed in an incredible artistic experience which culminates into the closing gala, one of the hottest events in Atlanta theatre. Here we celebrate with a critically acclaimed performance. Then we pay 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 (party)! Its perfect for those looking for extraordinary things to do in Atlanta to celebrate our stories!
Each year the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is proud to present a prominent pioneer or introduce an emerging artist. Giving life to budding collectors and enthusiasts, the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Gallery Talks include tips on art investing, history, and art appreciation.
Join us each day for an invigorating discussion of blacks in art across the African Diaspora. Admission is FREE with registration!
All the magic happens under one roof at the
Atlanta Black Theatre Festival!
3181 Rainbow Drive * Decatur, GA 30034
About the Venue: The Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art performance venue on acres of sprawling landscape. This center has grown to become a favorite venue space for those looking for things to do in Atlanta. Named in honor of Porter Sanford III, the first African-American Presiding Officer of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners for his relentless commitment to civic and public service.
The Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center is located right in the heart of historic Decatur, GA. The venue hosts over 500,000 visitors per year and has welcomed the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival as one of its signature events in Atlanta!
Beyond the Return: An ABTF Arts and Cultural Pilgrimage
to Ghana - December 3 - 11, 2021
"It took two journeys and 52 days in Ghana, working tirelessly with arts and cultural leaders to carefully curate an incredible insider experience. You don't want to miss this pilgrimage!"
~Toni Simmons Henson
The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival collaborates with universities like South Carolina State, Fort Valley State and Georgia State. We provide hands on experiences, workshops and master classes for the next generation of African-American students seeking opportunities in creative careers. Several student are pictured here after a Tools of the Trade - Master Class with award winning artist, T'Keyah Crystal Keymah.
Macon the Stage is the place to enjoy, learn, and celebrate the arts; while paying tribute to legendary artist who helped pave the way. Proceeds provide summer camp scholarships. Everything happens at the Historic Douglass Theatre in Macon, GA!
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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. Tickets are subsidized for students.
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