New Black Plays | Department of Pan-African Studies | Kent State University

New Black Plays

African Community Theatre room 230 Oscar Ritchie Hall

The Pan-African Theatre Ensemble invites playwrights, theatre artists, and enthusiasts to write and produce new plays about “the Black experience”  for the upcoming New Black Plays Event.   Production dates are April 12-15, 2018, during the Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference. Deadline to submit scripts and proposals is Monday, January 22, 2018.

New Black Plays is an open invitation to all playwrights, theatre artist, and enthusiasts - regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability and other intersectional identities – to write and produce plays about Black issues, themes, or cultures - during the Pan-African Festival and Conference, Spring 2018 – April 12-15, 2018.  Play categories can be as follows: monologues, 10-minute plays, spoken-word poetry, one-act and full length plays.

The goals and objectives of New Black Plays are:

·    To create a panorama of Black experience in theatre, nationally and globally.

·    To encourage all playwrights, theatre artists, and enthusiasts - regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability and other intersections - to showcase their craft by providing a space for new works in the African Community Theatre.

·    To provide outlets for playwrights and theatre artists to create socially engaged, conscious, and equitable communities through theatre and performance.

·    To produce theatre about intersectionality – race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, nationality, disability and other intersections.

·    To encourage and sustain community engagement with local communities, African descent communities, and Indigenous peoples in the Americas.

·    To promote a hub for theatre arts in the African Community Theatre by opening the way for the arts community to be fully involved in the Department of Pan-African Studies, Kent State University.

Preliminary Rules and Guidelines

·    All participants will present their plays at the African Community Theatre from April 12-15, 2018, during the Pan-African Festival and Conference, 2018.

·    Playwrights/writers will oversee their productions from start to finish, including the casting, directing, stage management, and other considerations.

·    The African Community Theatre will not be providing budgets to produce plays for New Black Plays.

·    Upon request, some set and costume pieces are available on loan for participants to share in their productions.

·    The African Community Theatre will provide the space for technical rehearsals a week before show times, including the stage, control room, dressing rooms, and workshop spaces.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. D. Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson
Department of Pan-African Studies
Kent State University
Tel:(330) 672-0082
Email: dforbese@kent.edu
 

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