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In 2018, our team embarked upon some incredible new tasks. Not only were we able to produce and present three of our best works for our 50th Anniversary Series (Nothin’ Nice, Dark Cowgirls, and Ce Nitram), we were also able to relaunch one of our intergral programs: the Homegrown Fellows program.
We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting at the 2018 International Black Theatre Summit this year. The 2018 International Black Theatre Summit, “Breaking New Ground Where We Stand,” will be held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH September 26-29, 2018. The summit is a reconvening and celebration of legendary playwright, August Wilson’s 1998 “On Golden Pond” black theatre summit which originally convened at Dartmouth to assess the state of black theatre funding, resources and opportunities.
Meet Ebony Golden, director for our upcoming play, Ce Nitram Sacul. Golden collaborates with community members, cultural institutions, and creatives to co-create and stage site-specific rituals and live art installations that profoundly explore the complexities of freedom in the time of now.
The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. is searching for new staff. The Development Director will be responsible for designing, implementing, and managing all fundraising activities including annual giving, endowment, and capital campaigns, special projects, fundraising for the continuation of new staff positions, and other related solicitation.
As we roll into our 50th year anniversary in 2019, we celebrate our vision through small things like t-shirts and new merchandise. We'd love for you to celebrate with us. Pre-order your t-shirt today.
This year marked the 29th Year of our annual Youth Theatre Festival. We were so blown away by the performances of groups such as Kuumba Watoto, Knoxville Children's Theatre, Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble, and individual youth artists such as Adun Henry, Denzel, The Dynamic Ray, Nayeema Hoffman, and Brooklyn.
Every Summer since 1989, we have worked closely with community artists and community organizations to provide quality theatre arts education that encourages and advises young people ages 5 - 18 on how to pursue viable and equitable careers in theatre and theatre technology.
Harry Bryce is guest director for our upcoming production, Nothin' Nice. Bryce has developed visionary works as a director, choreographer, writer, and arts educator for over thirty years. He has led dance companies in Richmond, VA and Atlanta, GA where his original concert ballet, Where the Cane Breaks: Moments in the Life of Harriet Tubman performed to sell-out crowds and received national and critical acclaim at the National Black Arts Festival.
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Awards Linda Parris-Bailey the Doris Duke Artist Award
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) today announced the 2015 class of Doris Duke Artists. Twenty remarkable performing artists will each receive $275,000 in flexible, multi-year funding as an investment in and celebration of their ongoing contributions to the fields of contemporary dance, theatre and jazz. With this year’s class, the foundation will have awarded $22 million among 80 Doris Duke Artists since the awards program’s inception.
The Carpetbag Theatre Inc. along with members of hip-hop collective, Good Guy Collective, and puppetry and theatre group, Cattywampus Puppet Council, will be facilitating a Story Circle to help gather stories for a collaborative theatre piece they will be writing this winter and performing in fall of 2019.
Homegrown Fellows is a high energy, theatre-centered immersive arts program for high-school students who demonstrate a concentrated interest in the performance arts. The program will cover all major facets of theatre production including playwriting, acting, directing, production, technical direction, stage design, lighting design, marketing, and fund sourcing.
SWOPERA (Spoken Word Opera) is the story of a family that re-establishes its roots by building a poetry cafe where a soul-food restaurant once was.
WWI ended in 1919. Black men who served felt they deserved the full rights of citizenship and higher social status in return for their patriotic service. Meanwhile, lunch mobs murdered 78 African-Americans, ten of whom were veterans. East Tennessee was a place where a trade group proclaimed: “There are no Ku Klux Klan outrages here. We are a distinct and peculiar people.” Red Summer is a drama based on events that occurred during the racially charged Summer of 1919. It tells the story of a model African American community unable to escape the horrors of mob violence. “In the early hours of Saturday morning, August 30, 1919, a young white woman, Bertie Lindsay, was shot and killed in the bedroom of her home. Before dawn, a black man had been arrested and charged with the crime.