Our mission is to provide opportunities for theatre and performing artists to develop, present, and preserve, in an authentic voice, multi-disciplinary art for and about the pan-African experience.
Our vision is to develop programs that provide safe and strong community connections as we discover, present, and preserve the true history and contributions of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) people to the arts and cultural landscape of our global civilization.
Since 2012, the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival has hosted over 3,000 artists via live and virtual events, entertaining and educating art enthusiasts from all over the world. Over 145 self-producing playwrights have found a platform to present their original works during close to 400 events.
The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival's prime aim is to:
1. CHANGE the narrative by revealing the truth of our history and contributions to civilization;
2. ENGAGE, encourage, and enlighten the next generation;
3. BUILD a sustainable institution that preserves Black culture through theatre, literature, art, across the diaspora.
4. ENTERTAIN while creating whole and healthy communities.
The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is a marathon of curated events that celebrate the contributions and cultural heritage of people from across the African diaspora. We support and promote artists that tell our stories.
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 develop, test or share original content for live and digital platforms.
A conference that brings together the world's foremost innovative thinkers and creative entrepreneurs passionate about art and technology. This event includes staged readings, panel discussions, networking, master classes, live performances, and film screenings.
Bring Black History and the Common Core curriculum standards alive with historical-based themes and stories that celebrate our heroes and sheroes from the Civil War to Civil Rights. Virtual Field Trip: March 11, 2022
Harriet Tubman: A Bicentenial Theatrical Tribute
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, ABTF Gallery Talks include tips on art investing, history, and art appreciation. The critically acclaimed Gilbert Young is regularly featured.
This online course traces a writers' journey from written words to its realization on the theatrical stage, and finally, to its cinematic interpretation. Upon successful completion, the participant is awarded a certificate and priority placement in the ABTF Staged Reading Series.
The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival collaborates with universities to provide hands on experiences, workshops and master classes for the next generation of African-American students seeking opportunities in creative careers.
Dr. Doris Derby Collegiate Monologue Competition (DCMC) is aimed to develop a formal pipeline to help facilitate supportive relationships with students and industry practitioners. We provide scholarships and mentoring to BIPOC students.
Experience our version of "Black Friday"! Economic viability is a crucial pillar to building community. The ABTF Black-Expo Market and Art Gallery connects you with black owned businesses that offer a unique selection of visual, fine and wearable art.
Our NEW Black Theatre TV channel offers high-quality streaming entertainment for all audiences. Whether you're an independent artist looking for a professional streaming platform or you want to host private digital event for virtual field trip.? CONTACT US
ABTF Travels was launched in 2020 and hosts a delegation of artists and art enthusiasts for spectacularly immersive arts and cultural experiences abroad. These insider pilgrimages are so extraordinary, they sell out within weeks each year!
The producers of the ABTF are proud to present Black Family Table Talk. A "kitchen table style" podcast and blog created to candidly share and discover ways to build a strong family. We are the voice for Black families. Join the family...it's FREE!
The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival (ABTF) is a gathering of the world's preeminent theatre producers, writers, artists, and art lovers to present creative work for and about the Black experience.
Please, if you care about Black Theatre...
A rare interview with the American Theatre Hall of Fame Inductee, Woodie King, Jr. by Itz Black Theatre Magazine reporter, Calvin Anderson.
Mr. King was on location at the 2014 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival. He was headed to an early morning rehearsal of The Dutchman by Amira Baraka, directed by himself. Later that evening, he received the ABTF Theatre Legend Award. Listen and enjoy!
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