Save the Date: Oct
. 9-12,  2014

Join over 300 artists and thousands of theatre lover's for a HUGE celebration of theatre.

40 Plays in 4 Days...A Theatre Lover's Paradise!

Save the Date: October 9-12, 2014 (Columbus Day Weekend)
 Performances and events run daily from 11am - 12mdnt at the magnificent 41k sq' Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center!
Event schedule and tickets will be available online on JULY 5, 2014.

What are people saying about the ABTF?

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Kenee Maree
"VERY professional!  A vision for Black Theatre...I hope to see you all in 2014 supporting this GREATNESS!"

-Melba Moore
(Tony Award, Four Time Grammy Nominee, Oprah Legend)

"I started my career in theatre in Atlanta.  I am so proud of what's happening with the Atlanta Black Theatre very proud!"

-Taurean Blacque
(NAACP Image Award, Emmy Nominee)
"What a privilege to be here!  Anyone who can get people to line up for theatre tickets at 10:00 at night in Atlanta is doing something right!"

  -Pearl Cleage
(NY Times Bestselling Author,  NAACP Image Award, Oprah Legend)

"I was so impressed with the attention to detail.  Theatre is the only place, where black people can speak the [whole] truth. The [ABTF] festival culture surrounded me like a blanket.  See you in 2014!

-T'Keyah Crystal Keymah
(Actress, Author, Director, Producer; That's So Raven, Cosby Show, In Living Color)
"When it comes to... professionalism, work ethic and artistic wealth...The ABTF exceeds expectations thereby creating an exciting and celebrated theatre festival!

-Darryl Reuben Hall

 (Broadway Actor, Director and Producer of FRAT HOUSE)



All events are held UNDER ONE ROOF
at the
Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center
3181 Rainbow Drive * Decatur, GA * 30034

A magnificent 41,250 square ft, state-of-the -art entertainment complex located just 6 short miles
  from Atlanta in historic Decatur, GA with a FREE shuttle to/from the host hotel

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An ABTF special tribute to Amiri Baraka on October 11, 2014
Details coming soon.

AMIRI BARAKA (1934-2014): Obie Award winning dramatist, novelist and poet, and architect of the Black Arts Movement (BAM), Amiri Baraka is one of the most respected and widely published African-American writers. With the beginning of Black Civil Rights Movements during the sixties, Baraka explored the anger of African-Americans and used his writings as a weapon against racism. Also, he advocated scientific socialism with his revolutionary inclined poems and aimed at creating aesthetic through them.

Amiri Baraka’s writing career spans over nearly fifty years and has mostly focused on the subjects of Black Liberation and White Racism. Today, a number of well known poems, short stories, plays and commentaries on society, music and literature are associated with his name. A few of the famous ones include, ‘The Music: Reflection on Jazz and Blues’, ‘The Book of Monk’ and ‘New Music, New Poetry’ and The Dutchman. 

The literary world respects the playwright and poet, Amiri Baraka as one of the revolutionary provocateurs of African-American poetry. He is counted among the few influential political activists who have spent most of their life time fighting for the rights of African-Americans.

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