16th Biennial National Black Theatre Festival® Opening Night

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Welcome to the 16th Biennial National Black Theatre Festival®

Connect with the Marvtastic passion, splendor and valor of the African and the African American cultures as Black Theatre takes center stage in Winston-Salem, NC over six exciting days. Take advantage of our free workshops, FilmFest, Readers’ Theatre, the International Colloquium, the Youth Celebrity Project and TeenTastic activities. Also, purchase cultural garments and artwork at the International Vendors’ Market. Don’t forget to buy a 2019 Souvenir Journal and learn more about the participating companies, our distinguished NBTF honorees, a map of the performance venues and much more.

Call 336-723-2266 to reserve your Gala tickets today!


5:30pm – OPENING NIGHT GALA – $265 (#1)
Make reservations for this glamorous event.
Tickets $265 per person, $2,650 table seating 10.

With NBTF Co-Chairs, Margaret Avery and Chester Gregory.


 9:00pm – JELLY’S LAST JAM – $100 (#1A) – Performance only (BALCONY SEAT)
Ebony Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

The Tony award-winning musical that tells the true story of Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, a.k.a. Jelly Roll Morton, the self-proclaimed “inventor of Jazz.” Featuring explosive dance and an original score inspired by the best musical traditions of New Orleans, Jelly’s Last Jam explores the complexities of African-American life, while celebrating its creative genius. Book by George C. Wolfe, Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, Music by Jelly Roll Morton. Music adaptation and additional music composed by Luther Henderson. Directed by Jackie Alexander. (Musical – General Audience)


Mix and mingle with the honorees, celebrity guests and other theatre patrons.
(Marriott Hotel)