An interview with the legendary Woodie King, Jr. by Itz Black Theatre Magazine (ABTF 2014)
The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is the largest festival in the nation solely devoted to presenting traditional, urban contemporary and classical Afro-centric theatre under one roof!
This annual event pays tribute to the most colorful tales of triumph and tragedy often with "laugh out loud" humor and salient humanity. Our diverse line-up of artists are drawn from around the corner to around the globe.
Although the ABTF is popularly known as the festival of "40 plays in 4 days", this is hardly enough time to preserve and appreciate all the fantastic stories rooted in the African diaspora. ("40 plays" includes Special Events)
In just six short years the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, has presented over 240 live events to thousands of art enthusiasts. Over 1,500 of the most prolific literary, visual and performing artists of our time have graced the stages with classic revivals and original works.
All the magic happens under one roof at the magnificent Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center located at 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034!
Whether you're a fan of Tyler Perry, August Wilson or just a lover of a world-class art festival, the amazing plays, international vendor and art market, and creative connections support the most prolific game-changers in Afro-centric storytelling.
It's an eclectic mix that creates an authentic celebration of community. This popular fall festival is sure to become one of your favorite things to do in Atlanta!
The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival was named among the top "Can't Miss Fall Festivals" in Atlanta metro by the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and "Best Fall Festivals" by MyAJC.com.
We're building community on play at a time telling our stories with our voices.
The mission of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is to connect people and build community through rich artistic experiences.
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(NAACP Image Award, Emmy Nominated Actor)
Associate Professor at New York University's Gallatin School, NYU's 2005 Distinguished Teaching Award, Walt Disney Fellow, National Endowment of the Arts Fellow (Playwriting), President (Emeritus) Black Theatre Network
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Associate Professor at Georgia State University, Lorraine Hansberry Scriptwriting Award, Nancy Dean Distinguished Playwriting Award, Kennedy Arts Center for the Arts Playwriting Residency.
Professor at Winston-Salem State University, Artistic Director at 7am Productions, Playwright (20+plays), Coordinating participant of National Black Arts Festival, National Black Theatre Festival, Tampa Bay Theatre Festival, DC Black Theatre Festival and national workshop facilitator.