About NBTF

About NBTF 2017-08-23T16:12:33+00:00

Larry Leon Hamlin

National Black Theatre Festival®…It’s “Marvtastic

The founder of the National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF), Larry Leon Hamlin, coined the word “Marvtastic” which means there is nothing greater or better than. “Marvtastic” describes the 2017 NBTF.  This historic event illuminates the powerful theatrical spirit and extraordinary talent of performers, designers, directors, producers and technicians from across the country and abroad.

During six life-impacting days, you will experience electrifying performances, informative workshops, riveting films and insightful spoken word poetry that will open your eyes to the beauty and depth of African American artistic endeavors. Every evening culminates with a Celebrity Reception, Midnight Readers’ Theatre and the Midnight Poetry Jam.

The star-studded Opening Night Gala gets underway with a vibrant parade of powerful African drummers and dancers followed by a grand and royal procession of more than 50 celebrities of stage, television and film.

Enjoy a taste of Broadway in the second part of this exciting evening with the hit musical Five Guys Named Moe presented by the Ebony Repertory Theatre (Los Angeles) starring Obba Babatunde. Get your tickets now for this marvtastic show.

The evening concludes with festive dancing until the last beat of the African drums. Enjoy different genres of live music nightly at the Marriott Hotel and mingle with the stars following the evening performances.