National Black Box Performing Arts Festival

The National Black Box Performing Arts Festival promotes social activism through three performing art forms: theatre, music, and dance. The festival commissions the creation of a multi-disciplined performance that demonstrate the historical connection between protest and art.

The theme for the 2018 (March 28 - April 1, 2018) Festival is ‘Civil Rights and Performance Art.’

Just as most art is inspired by an era, person, or event, the Festival will commission a choreographer, a singer/songwriter/ and a playwright, to each create a 15-minute work inspired by a specially selected social activist who, in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., has preserved despite risk. These three performance art pieces will braid into a 45-minute show.

An HBCU Performance Art Conference is a key element of the festival. The conference is comprised of three, three-hour workshops in each of the performance art disciplines. Students from 10 HBCUs will learn how to marry performance art to highlight the festival’s social justice theme.


Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 7:30p
Saturday Matinees: 2p
Sunday Matinees 3p
No late seating. Plays run 4 - 5 weeks.

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