Black Theatre Alliance

Black Theatre Alliance is an alliance of theater companies formed to nurture the growth and development of black theater in the United States. [1]


The BTA was formed in 1971 by Delano Stewart, Hazel Brant and Roger Furhman. [1] It initially comprised seven theater companies and made a newsletter to promote black theater. [2] By 1973, the number grew to 139 black theaters. [3] It holds an annual theater festival and also includes Dance companies. [4] In 1995 it started the Black Theater Alliance awards and has gone on till present day. [5]


  1. 1 2 Jaynes, Gerald D. (1 February 2005). "Encyclopedia of African American Society". SAGE Publications via Google Books.
  2. Appiah, Anthony; Jr, Henry Louis Gates (16 March 2005). "Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience". Oxford University Press via Google Books.
  3. Mayo, Sandra M.; Holt, Elvin (15 January 2016). "Stages of Struggle and Celebration: A Production History of Black Theatre in Texas". University of Texas Press via Google Books.
  4. Rubin, Don; Solorzano, Carlos (8 October 2013). "World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: The Americas". Routledge via Google Books.
  5. "Black Theater Alliance Awards announces nominations".


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