Founder's Month
A Letter to the Future

Join us in the future! Help ground, fortify and imagine NBT’s mission into the next century.

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A month-long celebration in honor of Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, NBT's founder!

Founder's Month launched NBT's VISION Forward Campaign, and featured a four-part conversation series that occurred on Thursdays at 5:30 PM, ET. Browse below to watch the conversations!


Liberation of a People: The Ritual of Resilience

June 25, 2020

Disrupting norms, forging new paths, and honoring your roots — these are the core principles of NBT’s original Liberators who founded the National Black Theatre company and set the mission for the next generation of Black artists. Join us as we connect our legacy to our future. ⁣ ⁣ Featuring inaugural SOUL Directing Resident and director of 125th&FREEdom, Ebony Noelle Golden, cast members Alec Stephens III and SheShe Dance, as well as two of NBT’s original Liberators, Ayodele Moore and Adé Faison. ⁣


Black To The Future: Building a Tomorrow

July 2, 2020

Join us as we talk with former I AM SOUL residents about envisioning a new future and exploring how to create radically free black spaces. Featuring former I AM SOUL Playwrights ⁣Angelica Chéri, Lee Edward Colston II, and Mfoniso Udofia, former SOUL Producing resident Ngozi Anyanwu, and current SOUL Directing resident Dominique Rider. Moderated by ChelseaDee, NBT Co-Curator.


The Revival is Coming

July 9, 2020

Join us for a symposium of queer Black community leaders who are dedicated to radical healing through communal acts of jubilation. Featuring writer and social justice facilitator adrienne maree brown, singer, composer, and musician Toshi Reagon, and founding Executive Director of The HOPE Center, Pastor Kyndra Frazier.


The Download

July 16, 2020

Join the creative team of NBT as we "download” and talk about current events, uplift the legacy of NBT, reflect on Founder’s Month programming, and share visions for the future.⁣ ⁣ Featuring CEO Sade Lythcott, Artistic Director Jonathan McCrory, Co-Curator ChelseaDee, and Interactive Social Media Manager Nia Farrell. This is the final conversation of NBT @ HOME: Founder’s Month Edition, a four-part conversations series with artists and NBT Family around Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's legacy. ⁣

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's

National Black Theatre
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