The African Community Theatre (ACT)
ACT promotes exposure to and knowledge of the theatrical heritage of peoples of African descent and encourages the participation of students and area residents in the production of Pan-African theatre events. Black theatre came into existence with the advent of the IAAA (now the Department of Pan-African Studies) in 169-70 and the development of the Black Drama Workshop (1973) . In 1981, the workshop took a new direction and evolved into a major theatrical component of DPAS which is now referred to as the African Community Theatre. Nucleus groups are Mbari Mbayo Players who are supported by the offering of the African Theatre Arts and Black Dramatic Literature classes, workshops, and touring performances in schools, community centers, conferences, and professional theatres.