"The ABTF proves that black theater is alive and thriving!!! An amazing group of actors, producers, authors and theater lovers. I enjoyed every minute of the two days I attended!!! Keep up the great work....see you next year." ~D. Sappy
Experience our version of "Black Friday" during the ABTF, Oct. 3-6. Our International Art and Vendors' Market connects you with proprietors that offer the most unique selection of fine and wearable art. Start your holiday shopping early while keeping community based businesses in the "black"!
The ABTF proudly presents pop-up performances of ATL's most talented artists. We call it a pre (or post) performance appetizer! Grab a bite and a cocktail at the Backstage Cafe' and savor the sounds and rhythms of Atlanta's underground current. Spoken word, musicians and and singers. A daily performance daily, 5:30pm until... during the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival! FREE with reservation.
Town Hall Breakfast: It's Time to Celebrate! Thu. Oct. 4 @ 9:30am
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! Town Hall Moderated by Kiplyn Primus, Host of The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Atlanta’s Jazz Station. (Proceeds benefit the ABTF)
Location: Back Stage Cafe
To check out the incredible panel
Fri. Oct. 5 @ 11:00pm - ABTF Comedy Theatre (NEW!) presents a laugh-out-loud late night comedy show with Boss'See and friends. It's like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get! READ MORE
Location: Black Box
Attire: Gon' wit your bad self, 1960's cocktail party style. So make it funky!
Location: Main Stage READ MORE
About the Closing Performance:
The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at the Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years
"[S]ure stage wizardry, immensely funny!" ~D.L. Groover, Houston Press
The Nacirema ("American" spelled backwards) Society of Montgomery, Alabama introduces a refined group of debutantes during their 100th anniversary cotillion. Every detail has been perfectly planned until aristocrat "Grace Dunbar", a pillar of the community, becomes entangled in a... READ MORE
Location: Main Stage