Atlanta Black Theatre Festival

The Festival of "40 Plays in Four Days"!

October 2-5, 2019

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LIVE PERFORMANCES

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Atlanta Black Theatre Festival offers the nation's largest selection of Afro-centric theatrical performances 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

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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 (tv/film).  Each reading  gives patrons a glimpse into the development process and an opportunity to give feedback.

CREATIVECON FOR ARTISTS

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2016

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 is a unique platform that intimately connects aspiring arts and entertainment entrepreneurs with influential experts and award-winning professionals through workshops, master classes and panels. 

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

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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 (party)!  Perfect for those looking for extraordinary things to do in Atlanta!

LIVE MUSIC

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2018

The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is proud to present "Acoustic Accents". We're bringing back this popular event for a second year! Held every night in the Backstage Cafe', this pre and post show entertainment treat is our commitment to host curated talent from the community.  So grab a beverage and a bite and savor the sounds of underground Atlanta! 

all the magic happens under one rooF!

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 theater space!
  • Conveniently located off Hwy 20 & 285. 
  • Less than 10 miles from downtown Atlanta in historic Decatur! 
  • Fully accessible with free parking! 


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 was made possible through the relentless commitment to civic and public service by Porter Sanford III, the first African-American Presiding Officer of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners. 


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.

year round community events

MACON THE STAGE

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 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!

Save the Date: June 2020 


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COLLEGE INTERNSHIPS

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2018

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. 

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ABTF ENCORE!

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The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival brings you the "best of the fest" for an ABTF Encore.  Save the Dates:

Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in Decatur - April 2020

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SCHOOL PERFORMANCES

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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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