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4/15/2009

Negro Ensemble Company (NEC)

Founded in NYC by Douglas Turner Ward in 1968

Produced plays meaningful to African Americans, but not necessarily written by African Americans

Declined during the 1990s and ceased to offer plays

African American Theatre

African American Companies include:

Crossroads Theatre Company: New Brunswick, New Jersey Lorraine Hansberry: San Francisco, California St. Louis Black Repertory Company: St. Louis, Missouri Penumbra Theatre Company: St. Paul, Minnesota New Federal Theatre: New York, New York Jomandi Productions:Atlanta, Georgia Providence Black Repertory Company: Providence, Rhode Island

African American Theatre

African American Theatre

Lloyd Richards (1916-2006)

  • Directed original Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun

  • Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre & Dean of Yale University School of Drama (1979-1991)

  • Artistic Director of National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Center (1968-1999)

  • Helped emerging playwrights develop including August Wilson

African American Theatre

George C. Wolfe

  • Wrote The Colored Museum

  • Conceived and directed popular musical Bring on ‘Da Noise,

Bring on ‘Da Funk

  • Directed Angels in America

  • Headed New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre (1993-

2005)

Suzan-Lori Parks

  • Playwright: works include:

    • The American Play

    • TopDog/Underdog (Pulitzer Prize)

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