Opening Night Gala

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Join us for the Opening Night Gala of the 2017 Black National Theatre Festival.  The Gala is a star-studded black-tie international event.

Please contact the NCBRC office to purchase ticket(s) for this event.

5:30 pm Opening Night Gala $265 (#1)
Tickets $265 per person, $2,650 per table seating (10)
6:30 pm Celebrity Procession

with NBTF Co-Chairs, Obba Babatunde and Anna Maria Horsford

6:45 pm Awards Presentation


Sidney Poitier Lifelong Achievement Award
Louis Gossett, Jr.

Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award
Ron Himes

Emerging Producer Award
Ron Simons

August Wilson Playwright Award
Dominique Morisseau

Lloyd Richards Director Award
Timothy Douglas

Living Legend Award
Thelma Pollard • Mabel Robinson
Ed Wheeler • Allie Woods

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design
Gregory Horton

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design
Antoinette Tynes

Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design
Chris Cumberbatch

Outstanding Achievement in Stage
Ed De Shae

Theatre Longevity Award
Paul Robeson Theatre, Buffalo, NY

Special Recognition Award
Stephen Byrd • Alia Jones-Harvey
Corey Mitchell • Cleopatra Solomon
The Negro Ensemble Company
The Late Walter Marshall (In Memoriam)

Marvtastic Philanthrophy Award
Wells Fargo

Theatre Arts & Humanitarian Award
Wilbert T. Jenkins

9:00 pm Five Guys Named Moe

An exuberant musical tribute celebrating “The King of the Jukebox,” singer and bandleader Louis Jordan. This exhilarating musical, set to Jordan’s iconic jump blues/jazz score is sure to “Let the good times roll!”

Location:  Steven Center at University of North Carolina School of the Arts

10:00 pm Celebrity Reception

Mix and mingle with the honorees, celebrity guests and other theatre patrons

Location:  Marriott Hotel