Acting Beyond the Lines 

The focus of this workshop is to expand the actor’s creative thinking, ability to live moment to moment and break free from his or her dependency on the lines to tell the story. The text is the road map, not the journey. Presenter: Javon Johnson
July 30 @ 10 a.m.-Noon, Marriott, Knollwood A

Advancing Your Stagecraft!
An overview of the Stage Craft discipline and a practical and interdisciplinary approach to “show productions” through interactive dialogue and case scenarios. Learn how to elevate your professionalism and diversify your skill sets. Presenter: Janeen Johnson
July 30-31 @ 10 a.m.-Noon, Embassy Ardmore 1


African American Village Consciousness
Are our ancestors still speaking to us?  Are we listening to hear the voice of the God of our ancestors?  How do we celebrate our past, honor our present victories and struggles and yet affirm our legacy of spirituality for future generations?  African American Village Consciousness is the anchor of our souls, empowering us to survive the storms of life, to love ourselves, and cause us to triumph by recognizing the righteousness and the victory of our struggle as a people.  Get ready to sing, read affirmations, engage in truth-telling and interpretive movements that remind us how to follow the drinking gourd to wisdom and freedom.
Presenters: Dr. Felecia Piggott-Long & Baba Joseph Anderson
July 30, Aug 1 @ 10 a.m.-Noon, Embassy Ardmore 2


Ancestral Communal Kinship thru Genealogy
Communal kinship exchange and engagement, discussing the importance of Ancestral remembrance and how that revitalizes are Cultural Arts Community. Recognizing Artists as natural mediums for service, discover how their own Ancestral sojourn may incite creative projects and presentation. Presenter: Regina “Califa” Calloway
July 30-31 @12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Embassy Suites Ardmore 1


Anti-Racist Theatre (ART)
This workshop is specifically for people who are working in or partnering with predominantly white organizations. Using data and terminology blended with social justice facilitation techniques, participants learn how to advocate for the development and implementation of an anti-racist theatre ethos that creates a pathway towards real equity, inclusion and diversity. Presenter: Nicole Brewer
Aug. 2-3 @ 10 a.m.-Noon., Embassy Suites Ardmore 2


The American Theatre Critics Association will present a Living History panel discussion with Nigel Alston, executive director of North Carolina Black Repertory Company (MCBRC); Sylvia Sprinkle Hamlin, president of the board of NCBRC, executive producer of the National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) and widow of the founder of NCBRC and NBTF Larry Leon Hamlin; Jackie Alexander, artistic director of NCBRC; and Lawrence Evans, theater professional and longtime NCBRC and NBTF supporter. Moderator Lynn Felder, arts reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal.
Aug. 1 @ 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Marriott Hearn A&B


Artists Career Networking Showcase
This showcase provides an opportunity for artists, including actors, directors, playwrights, and designers (costume, lights, set, sound) to audition and interview with arts presenters, casting directors and theatre companies from across the United States. The showcase will be held on Thursday and Friday, August 1–2.  Sign-up begins on Tuesday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m., Marriott Piedmont Room Facilitator/Curator: Darsell Brittingham


Becoming An Artpreneur
The how-to’s in launching your art career, marketing yourself, finding stability in the entertainment industry and how to successfully merge art and business.
Presenter: M.Michelle Ingram
Aug. 2-3 @ 10 a.m.-Noon, Embassy Gaines Ballroom


Behind the Scenes
Technicians talk about the ‘nuts and bolts’ required to mount a story on stage or create a film.
Panel of presenters.
July 30, Aug. 2 @ 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Marriott Hearn C

Black Acting Methods- Mapping the Movement

This interactive discussion highlights a collection of methodologies that locate themselves in a revelatory field called “Black acting methods.” This field and the recent book (Black Acting Methods), in many ways, answers the “how” and “why” to the current conversations about diversifying actor training. Presenter: Dr. Sharrell D. Luckett
July 30-31 @ 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Marriott, Lower Level, Knollwood A


Breaking into Film
Presented by actor Lamman Rucker. Explore and discuss emotional preparation, technical skills, professional expectations and proven tricks of the trade as they apply to acting. There will also be a focus on television and film technique. Rucker has performed in daytime soap operas As the World Turns and All My Children, several Tyler Perry films, including Why Did I Get Married? and in Greenleaf on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Johnson’s short, After the Rose, is screening at the 2019 NBTF FilmFest.   
Aug. 1 @ 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Marriott Hearn D

Cold Reading
Professor Vera Katz shows you how to effectively decode a script on the spot and deliver a compelling read. Learn real world techniques. Prof. Katz has coached Debbie Allen, Anthony Anderson, Chadwick Boseman, Corey Hawkins, Taraji P. Henson, Phylicia Rashad, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Isaiah Washington and Lynn Whitfield.
July 30 @ 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Marriott Hearn A&B


Congolese Dance
Low to medium impact dance rooted in cultural ritual songs and dances from Brazilleville, Congo of the Bakongo tribes and dances throughout the African diaspora. Participants will learn African dance techniques, mini routines and songs.  A fun-filled exhilarating experience.  Presenter: Donna McCraney & Otasha Drummers
July 30-31 @ 8 a.m.-9:15 a.m., Marriott Hearn A&B


Dance Masters
Experience jazz, contemporary dance, hip hop and heels. FREE master dance classes and showcase event. Open to participants as young as 6 years of age and all levels of experience from beginner to industry professionals are welcome. Presenter: Tiffany Murray
Aug. 3 @ 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Marriott Hearn A&B


Everyone’s A Critic
Changes in media have led to the elimination of theater critic jobs yet the demand for critics who document, analyze, and contextualize the work is greater than ever. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of critical writing, watch a performance, and do a writing activity. Presenter: Kelundra Smith
Aug. 2-3 @ 12:15-2:15 p.m., ARDMORE 1, EMBASSY



Film Talk
Hear from independent filmmakers who have successfully navigated the many difficulties of indy film production to create riveting stories. Panel of presenters.
Aug. 1-3 @ 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Embassy Ardmore 1


Free Your Mind
Enhance your ego’s health; embrace your culture’s idioms; challenge myths that diminish your culture’s significance; clarify values; define success; plan to succeed. Learning to question effectively increases the urge to collaborate, learn, think, discover, devise solutions. Presenter: Dr. Carlton Molette
Aug. 1 @ 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Marriott Hearn C


From Classroom to Career
“I just graduated, I don’t know what to do?!” “I have an audition, can you help me? And what do I need to bring?” Using my experience as a professional theater actor and director as well as my experience as a theater professor, students will learn tips, lessons, and encouragement as they began their careers into the business. I want to help them learn how to “Step Into Their Light”.
Presenter: Eric J. Little
Aug. 1-2 @ 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Embassy Gaines Ballroom


Get Your Film to Market
Learn about the different types of film distribution and how to market your film.
Larry “Syid” Wright
July 31 @ 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.   Marriott Hearn C


Getting Butts in the Seat
Learn how to penetrate the “noise” and build an audience of loyal patrons in today’s fast paced marketplace. The session will cover:
*How to identify your target.
*Breaking through the noise.
*The most powerful marketing tactic.
Presenter: Toni Simmons Henson, Founder/Producing Director of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival (ABTF) and Micah 6-8 Media, LLC.
Aug. 1-2 @ 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Embassy Ardmore 2

Guerilla Producing in the Arts Jungle
It is great to have an amazing production idea. But getting it onto the stage and an audience to see it is complicated. Traditional marketing strategies are becoming obsolete.  Learn proven skills to market and mount your production with low or no budget.  Presenter: Jiles King
July 30-31 @ 10 a.m.-Noon, Marriott Hearn D


Gospel Groove
Soulful movement and dance to uplifting music. Taught by certified fitness and wellness professional Sharon Cunningham.
Aug. 1-3 @ 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Marriott Hearn A&B


Improv Ensemble
Learn to build an ensemble and an audience for instant comedy. Second City alum Rico Bruce Wade will lead a lively workshop on the nuts and bolts of improvisational theater.  Play till it’s perfect. Presenter: Rico Bruce Wade
July 30-31 @ 10 a.m.-Noon, Marriott Hearn A&B

International Colloquium
A collaborative effort between the NBTF, Winston-Salem State University’s Office of International Programs, and Black Theatre Network (BTN). The theme for the 2019 Colloquium is “The Future of Black Creative/Performing Arts as Liberatory Practice.” Dr. Aku Kadogo will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday, July 30. The four-day forum (July 30 – August 2) is facilitated by international theatre professionals and academicians. Coordinated by Dr. James Pope & Dr. Olasopé Oyelaran
July 30-Aug. 2 @ 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Benton Convention Center Conference Rm. 2


Man Talk
A component of the Youth Celebrity Project and sponsored by Maximum Enterprise, invites males age 11 and up to participate in a “man talk” dialogue with male celebrities who are positive role models.  Celebrities Lamann Rucker (Why Did I Get Married? and Greenleaf), Petri Hawkins Byrd (Judge Judy) and Mike Anderson (Give Us This Day) will moderate this event.
Aug. 1 @ 10 a.m.-Noon, Benton Convention Center Piedmont 2


Master Acting/Auditioning
Professor Vera Katz helps participants tap into their dynamic talents to shape and bring to life characters in a script. Professor Vera Katz shows you how to effectively decode a script on the spot and deliver a compelling read. Learn real world techniques. Prof. Katz has coached Debbie Allen, Anthony Anderson, Chadwick Boseman, Corey Hawkins, Taraji P. Henson, Phylicia Rashad, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Isaiah Washington and Lynn Whitfield. Bring at least 2 monologues.
July 31 @ 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Marriott Hearn A&B 


Readers’ Theatre
Over 30 original works written by renowned and aspiring playwrights are showcased. Professional actors will read for an audience of theatre professionals, scholars and the general public. The first component, New Plays at High Noon, runs 11:00am – 2:00pm Wednesday– Saturday. The original component of the series, Theatre Conversations at Midnight will run Tuesday–Friday beginning at 11:30pm. Seating is limited at midnight readings.
July 30-Aug. 3, Marriott Hearn Hallway & Knollwood B Coordinated by Garland Lee Thompson, Jr., Executive Director of the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop.


Recreating Black Wall Street
During this interactive workshop, “Egypt” teaches audiences the “Basic Five” ways to recreate Black wealth nationwide. Presenter: “Egypt”
Aug. 2-3 @ 10 a.m.-Noon, Marriott Hearn C

A dynamic, comprehensive line memorization system that makes learning scripts MUCH faster, easier, and more fun with precise accuracy to take your work to the next level.  Combining the latest scientific memory research with motivation, time-honored techniques and secrets from a lifetime in theatre, Jerry Sipp’s method will save you huge amounts of time and make you a more confident and castable performer. Presenter: Jerry Sipp
Aug. 2 @ 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Marriott Hearn A&B


Social Media: Moving from Friends to Funding
This session teaches how to go beyond getting fans, friends and connections to making meaningful engagement via social media. Learn skills and tools to monetize and leverage your social media capital. Presenter: Jiles King
July 30-31 @ 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Marriott Hearn D


Teen Talk
A component of the Youth Celebrity Project and sponsored by the Winston/Salem Urban League, provides a forum for young people to “speak out” on issues affecting teens today.  Five youth celebrities will participate in this activity.
July 31 @ 10 a.m.-Noon, Benton Convention Center Piedmont 2


The N-Word
Join playwright Korinn Annette Jefferies for an excerpt of her play, ‘Nigger!’ and a panel discussion about otherness and the censorship of Blackness in the theatrical world.
July 30-31 @ 12:15-2:15 p.m., Embassy Suites Ardmore 2


The Silent World of Autism Through the Creative Art
A closer look into the world of autism and special needs through the performing arts. Presenter Deborah Harris’ son is autistic. Through art, this 27-year-old connects to the world and communicates his ideas, feelings, dreams.
Aug. 1-2 @ 10 a.m.-Noon, Embassy Suites Ardmore 1


Youth Celebrity Project
More than 10,000 youth of all ages from across the country interact with celebrities and theatre professionals. Additions to the Youth/Celebrity Project will be a children’s talent show, a storytelling festival and selected productions. Coordinated by Cleopatra Solomon.
July 30-Aug. 2 @ 10 a.m.-Noon, Embassy Garden Terrace