Creative Connections: Master Classes

Wed. Oct. 3 @ 10:15am - 11:45pm

Session 1: Mock Audition with Celebrity/Experts 

w/ DeEtta West: Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008) Preacher's Kid (2010); Greenleaf  (OWN 2018).  Keith Arthur Bolden:  Greenleaf  (OWN 2016), Have and Have Nots (OWN 2016), Underground (WGN 2017). Taurean Blacque: Emmy Nominee, NAACP Image Award 

Facilitated by: Andre' Minkins, MFA. Tenured Professor at Winston-Salem State and prominent  theatre/film festival expert.  Come prepared with an audition monologue. 

Wed. Oct. 3 @ 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Session 2: Networking at Noon

 Ask the Experts! This is your opportunity to take a lunch break, make connections and learn from each other in a collaborative environment.  Lunch provided. 


Wed. Oct. 3 @ 1:15pm - 2:45pm

Session 3: Master Class

Acting Techniques with award-winning Actor, Director and Producer, Keith Franklin of the renowned New African Grove Theatre Co.

Thu. Oct. 4 @ 9:30am

Town Hall Breakfast: It's Time to Celebrate! 

Theatre (especially Black theatre) has been "dying" for decades. What has sustained us? How do we prepare for the future in a booming digital world?  Featuring: Chicken & Waffles!

Breakfast provided. 

Thu. Oct. 4 @ 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Session 3: Master Class

How to Recognize a Good Script - Brand building is all about affiliation. Before your put your name on it, learn the best practices from Andre' Minkins, MFA. Tenured Professor at Winston-Salem State and prominent  theatre/film festival expert. 

Thu. Oct. 4 @ 1:30am - 2:45pm

Session 4: Master Class

Coming Home -Incorporating African Characters into Plays with playwright and producer, Ciatta-Mae Stubblefield 

Fri. Oct. 5 @ 10:30am - 11:45pm

Session 6: Master class

Succeed! 

Clarify values. Define success. Design a strategy to achieve it. A healthy ego is as necessary 

as competence in creating art. Society fosters fear that failure is likely for artists in general, 

and virtually inevitable for theatre artists of color. Support is seen as promoting strategies 

to cope with failure – “Brace yourself to fail” OR “plan to succeed” with the legendary Dr. Carlton Molette!

Fri. Oct. 5 @ 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Session 7: Networking at Noon 

Meet the Producers of the ABTF! 

Lunch provided.


Fri. Oct. 5 @ 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Session 8: Ask the Experts!  Attendees will have the opportunity to ask experts in various fields of expertise questions about their individual situations, about insights and trends in the industry, and hear from other professionals in the room. Industry Connector/Facilitator: Ronn Greene