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"Decades of research show strong and consistent links between high-quality arts education and a wide range of educational outcomes." ~The President's Committee on Arts and Humanities 

The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival delivers the highest quality arts in technology educational experiences  From youth performances to internship training to STEAM Camps, we are making a difference and changing 

the lives of our youth. 


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school performances


2018 PNC Bank School Performance - Wed. Oct. 3, 2018 @ 10am

We bring Common Core to life with thought provoking dramas that students LOVE! Our prime aim is to ignite and sustain life long learners and creatives who are critical problem-solvers and community builders. 

We are proud to introduce this year's School Performance sponsored by PNC Bank:


The Meeting by Jeff Stetson

Winner of the Louis B. Mayer Award and eight 1987 NAACP Theatre Awards!

Synopsis: The Meeting is a 1987 play by Jeff Stetson about an imaginary meeting between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in 1965 in a hotel in Harlem during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.  This play is well crafted and highly plausible as it contains actual quotes from both Martin Luther King and Malcom X. 

"The play by American author Jeff Stetson has the two men arguing about their opposing ways of fighting rampant racism, in a lively and intelligent clash of ideals. Their robust and sometimes poetic exchange of ideas is interspersed with entertaining bouts of arm wrestling, a physical metaphor to show that the men are equally powerful and neither has chosen his particular path through weakness."

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want to make it a great summer?

S.T.A.R.T. with Summer Training in Art and Technology

Dates: June 24-27, 2019

We will cover:

>How to Get an Internship

>Mock Auditions and Interviews

>Photography and Filmography

>Dramatic Writing

>Lighting and Sound Engineering

>An AMAZING Field Trip 

...And more! 

S.T.A.R.T. is a summer camp that provides educational and internship training for students interested in creative careers in theatre and the digital arts (tv film). 



Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center

3181 Rainbow Drive

Decatur, GA 30034



The ABTF has partnered with area professors and industry experts of theatre and the digital arts to host a summer camp for students. Our prime aim is to expose female and students of color to career opportunities and internships in these grossly under-represented careers. 

This program is funded by Micah 6-8 Media, LLC and Friends of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, a 501(c)3 company. It is designed to introduce students to experts in the industry as well as the basic technology and craftsmanship needed for careers in theatre and the digital arts (tv film). 

The institute is divided into two seminars:

Seminar 1: Educational Training

June 25 - 29, 2018; 9am - 3pm

Seminar 2: Internship 

A 25-hour professional development internship opportunity spent in practical experiential learning as a Production Assistant. Dates are flexible. (Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Seminar 1)

Enrollment Criteria

The institute will accept rising 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. No one will be denied enrollment based on gender, race or ethnicity. 


Tuition and Transportation

The tuition is $225 plus a $25 registration fee for a total of $250. This covers tuition, registration, supplies and the field trip. Transportation to/from the Porter Sanford and lunch is the responsibility of the participant. Partial scholarships are available. 


A registration and deposit of $75 will hold your space. The balance of $175 will be billed and is due BEFORE the first day of class.   All fees are non-refundable. Enrollment forms and waivers will be emailed separately. 



The goal of the summer training is to engage and spark interest in the fields of theatre, art technology and the business of creativity for high school students. The seminars are led by distinguished faculty from area universities and professional theatre, film and tv producers.  Our prime aim is to provide quality, art-integrated learning opportunities for female and minority students. We will also prepare students for 25-hours of dynamic hands-on learning as interns with theatre or digital arts companies in the Atlanta area. 


Learning Objectives

  • Have a working knowledge of all areas of personnel and operations of theatre and film/tv production as a collaborative effort.
  • Identify and practice safety precautions and procedures in theatre and film/tv production.
  • Understand the basic chemical and physical properties of theatre and film/tv such as light, color, paint, electricity and make-up; and introduce how science and technology serve the artistic quality of theatre production and filmmaking.
  • Introduction the basics of light and sound board operations in theatre and film/tv.
  • Understand and conceptualize scene designs (lighting, sound, set) for the realization of artistic interpretations of theatrical and film/tv productions.
  • Learn about professional careers in design and engineering with specializations in sound, lighting, set design, make-up, costume design, stage management, house management, grip, electrician, production, etc.
  • Acquire the competencies needed to serve as an intern in a theatre or film/tv production setting.



If you'd like to schedule a time to speak with the Program Director, Toni Henson, please email or schedule a call by clicking the red button below. 

Otherwise, you may proceed by by clicking the white button below. Make your reservation early. Space is extremely limited to ensure accelerated learning.

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