The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival offers the nation's largest selection of world-class, Afro-centric theatre under one roof!
Each year the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival presents a curated selection of world-class theatre sharing heartwarming stories of Africans from across the diaspora.
The event schedule is filled with plays, shopping, dining, parties, a gallery exhibit and more. Popularly known as the festival of "40 plays in four days", the ABTF recently ranked among the "Top Theatre Festivals to Visit Around the World" by TopTenZilla.com, "Best Fall Festivals" by MyAJC.com and "Can't Miss Fall Festivals" by the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Many say, it feels more like attending a family reunion than an arts festival.
In just seven short years, the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival has presented over 300 live events to thousands of art enthusiasts. Over 1,800 artists have performed on its stages and over 125 playwrights have found a platform to present their works.
All the magic happens, under one roof, at the magnificent Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center located at 3181 Rainbow Drive in historic Decatur, GA (just seven miles from Atlanta)!
Our diverse line-up of artists are drawn from around the corner to around the globe. The ABTF platform has provided performance opportunities for over 1,800 of the most prolific literary, visual and performing artists of our time. Many have graced our stages with classic revivals and original works and moved on to win awards and receive career changing recognition.
The Festival is held annually on the first holiday weekend in October. Experience the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival once and it's sure to become one of your favorite things to do in Atlanta!
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 and directed by himself. Later that evening, he received the ABTF Theatre Legend Award. Listen and enjoy!
The mission of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is to connect people and build communities through rich artistic experiences.