African Community Theatre
Director: D. Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson, PhD
The African Community Theatre (ACT), located in Oscar Ritchie Hall, was founded in 1973 as a part of the Center for Pan-African Culture. The African Community Theatre is an academic unit and a premier theatre facility, created to raise awareness about theatres and performances by African and African Diasporic peoples.
The African Community Theatre offers several Pan-African theatre courses and runs programs throughout the year including Dr. Forbes-Erickson’s research with the Pan-African Theatre Ensemble (PATE) theatre seasons, New Black Plays series, and the upcoming ACT Solo Performance Festival in fall 2018. Each year, the theater also showcases a production performed by youth ages 6-17 who participated in the Fulani Institute of Academics and Arts.
The theatre is open to students and local residents of all ages and encourages their participation in its theatrical productions. Students enhance communication skills and gain awareness and appreciation of the African-American heritage as depicted through theatre. If interested in poetry, costuming, acting or directing, the theatre would appreciate your participation.