The nation's largest selection of world-class Afro-centric theatre under one roof!

Atlanta Black Theatre FestivaL

October 3 - 6, 2018

WHERE BLACK THEATRE THRIVES!

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PORTER SANFORD III PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

3181 Rainbow Drive * Decatur, GA 30034

  • Forty-two thousand square feet of state-of-the-art magnificence!
  • 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

The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is popularly known as the festival of "40 plays in four days".  The home the nation's largest selection of world-class, Afro-centric theatre under one roof!   Whether you're a fan of Tyler Perry or August Wilson, this curated selection will envelop you until it feels more like a family reunion than a black arts festival. 



READER'S THEATRE SERIES

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival

Our popular Readers' Theatre 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 by an audience "talk back" with the opportunity to share feedback! 

CREATIVE CONNECTIONS

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival

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? 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' MARKET & ART GALLERY

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival

Experience our version of "Black Friday"!  Economic viability is a crucial pillar to building community. Our International Art and 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

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's paved the way for the next generation. This red carpet event is immediately followed by the reveal of the Festival Favorite Award winners and a VIP After Glow!  This year's theme: "Black is Beautiful" is perfect for those looking for extraordinary things to do in Atlanta!

AUTHORS' CAFE / BOOK SIGNING

The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is proudly expanding the platform to provide opportunities for self-published authors! We've partnered with Divine Garden Press, LLC a black owned publishing firm to expand and entertain your literary palette by connecting you with community griots. The Author's Cafe will give you an opportunity engage with phenomenal authors who dare to share their stories. The book signings are free and open to the public with registration (due to limited seating).

year round CALENDAR

ABTF ENCORE!

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: TBA




ABTF COMEDY THEATRE

NEW! We're launching the most unique brand of comedy theatre ever seen in Atlanta. The first show premieres on Oct. 6, 2018 during the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival. We guarantee you'll laugh all the way home. 



SCHOOL PERFORMANCES

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. 

INTERNSHIPS

Reaching our youth... 

We collaborate with universities like South Carolina State and Georgia State, to provide hands on experiences to the next generation of African-American students seeking opportunities in creative careers. 

ABTF CHILDREN'S PLAYFEST

 The nation's only Afro-centric play festival solely devoted to youth ages 5-12. We're focused on promoting positive images and building dreams through the arts.  Ideal for youth groups, reunions or family fun. This memorable event is filled with high energy and excitement! Date: TBA in 2019

YOUTH TRAINING

S.T.A.R.T. TEEN CAMP:  A summer art and technology training camp that provides educational and internship training for teens interested in creative careers in theatre and the digital arts (tv, film).  Save the Dates: June 24-28, 2019.


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