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Photo by Tiffany Judkins. Dorian Missick and Nija Okoro in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running.

Mission

Support Black Theatre is a new, multigenerational grassroots organization dedicated to the development, enrichment and promotion of Black art, Black artists, Black theatres and Black audiences in Los Angeles. Our commitment is to our people, our stories, and our autonomy. We seek to create a support system which prioritizes artistic well-being, capacity building, and radical unity amongst theatre makers and the community we serve.

Photo by Craig Schwartz. Kevin T. Carroll and Deidrie Henry in Ebony Repertory Theatre’s A Raisin in the Sun.

See. Create. Invest.

See, Create, and Invest. We chose these three words because they are multifaceted, active, and essential to the core of our mission. They enhance and expound the various ways by which we can all Support Black Theatre and facilitate an ecosystem which is vital to its growth and sustainability. We define these terms, on our terms.

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See

1: to support through attendance, showing up for each other
2: to make visible one another’s stories and strengths
3: to represent and reflect our people through the full expression of our culture and humanity

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Create

1: to bring art and relationship into existence
2: to forge new paths, new ways, and new models
3: to engage in imaginative methods of cross-fertilization and collaboration within our community

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Invest

1: to sow into one another and our community
2: to seek connection and cultivate relationships
3: to share resources, information, and inspiration

Looking Ahead

As theatres gear up for reopening, Support Black Theatre will be in step. We look forward to unveiling the next phase of our website full of resources and useful content curated by and for our community. In the meantime, check out our Instagram page for more information or for a dose of artistic inspiration!

Terrell Tilford, photo by Tiffany Judkins.