African Community Theatre

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.

Kent State University | African Community Theatre
Oscar Ritchie Hall | Room 230
225 Terrace Drive | Kent, OH 44242
An Echo in the Bone

2018-2019 Production Schedule

This year's schedule includes three performances in the fall and three in the spring, including a collaboration with the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, a special guest who will perform and conduct a workshop, the Pan-African Theatre Ensemble's third season and more!

Vejigantes, photo by Sydney Sheets

Pan-African Theatre Ensemble

The goal of the Pan-African Theatre Ensemble is to produce engaging, inspiring, experimental, and eclectic theatre and performance styles from the Pan-African world, including the continent of Africa, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe.

Dr. Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson

African Community Theatre Director

Dr. D. Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson joins DPAS as the Director of the African Community Theatre and Assistant Professor.  She is a Jamaican born and raised theatre director, designer, scholar. Her expertise is in Pan-African theatre including African American, Caribbean, and African theatres and performances.