Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2017-06-05T02:42:30+00:00

The following list contains frequently asked questions regarding attendance at the National Black Theatre Festival:

When is the Festival?2017-05-25T22:30:22+00:00

The National Black Theatre Festival will take place in Winston-Salem, North Carolina from Monday, July 31-Saturday, August 5, 2017.

What is the Opening Night Gala? How much does it cost? What does it include?2017-05-25T22:30:22+00:00
  • The Opening Night Gala is a star-studded black-tie international formal event held at The Benton Convention Center (301 West 5th Street) on Monday, July 31, 2017.
  • Gala tickets are $265.00(entertainment tax is included in ticket price) per person or $2,650.00 for a table seating of 10.
  • The Opening Night Gala includes:

Opening Night Schedule

5:30 pm Awards banquet and dinner
6:30 pm Celebrity co-chairs will lead a royal processional
9:00 pm Opening Night Performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Stevens Center
10:30 pm Celebrity reception at Marriott Hotel. Save ticket stubs for admittance


Are tickets available for the opening night performance ONLY?2017-05-25T22:30:22+00:00
  • Yes, tickets are available for the opening night performance only.  Seating is available in the balcony.
  • The tickets are $100.00 (Entertainment tax included).
  • The Opening Night Performance begins at 9:00 pm.
What are the Productions?2017-05-25T22:30:22+00:00
  • Theatrical Productions – Approximately 120 performances are held during the six-day event.  A dynamic collection of new works and Black classics are performed by professional Black theatre companies from around the world. Collegiate theatre is also represented through the Festival’s Fringe component. The shows are presented at multiple venues throughout the City of Arts and Innovation, Winston-Salem., North Carolina.
  • General admission tickets generally range from $9-$50 (Entertainment tax included).  Tickets may be purchased online, by mail, and at the NBTF office.  They may also be purchased during the week of the Festival at the Benton Convention Center and at production venues.
  • Call (336) 723-2266 for group rate requests.
  • Tickets will be available June 5-August 5, 2017.
How can I purchase tickets?2017-05-25T22:30:22+00:00
  • –The cutoff date for online will call tickets is July 24, 2017.
  • By phone – (336)723-7907
  •  NCBRC Office – 610 Coliseum Drive Winston-Salem, NC  27106
  • Tickets are available June 5 – August 5, 2017 (In person).
  • Tickets will be available at the NCBRC Office during the week of the festival between the hours of 9:00am—4:00pm.  You can also purchase tickets at The Benton Convention Center (301 West 5th Street) between the hours of 9:00am-4:00pm.  Tickets may be purchased at the venues one hour prior to the performance depending on the availability.
What are Box Office hours?2017-05-25T22:30:22+00:00

The NBTF Box Office will be open at 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem, NC from 10:00 am -5:00 pm Monday through Friday; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays starting July 10, 2017.

Where should I pick up my Will-Call tickets in advance?2017-05-25T22:30:22+00:00

During the week of the festival, all Will-Call Tickets may be picked up between 9:00 am – 8:00 pm at the M. C. Benton Convention Center.

When will a 2017 schedule of events be available?2017-05-25T22:33:24+00:00

The schedule will be posted on June 5, 2017.

What are your FREE activities?2017-08-03T16:47:41+00:00
  • Readers’ Theatre of New Works – A showcase of original works written and read by renowned and aspiring artists for an audience of theatre professionals and the general public. There is no admission fee for this Festival component.
  • Youth/Celebrity Project – Children interact with celebrities and theatre professionals, attend age appropriate productions, and have the opportunity to perform.
  • TeenTastic (Collaborative Youth Initiative) – Focuses on providing teens ages 13-17 with Marvtastic experiences developed to capture the talent and creativity of this generation and motivate them to excel in their areas of interest.
  • Workshops and seminars facilitated by celebrities, academicians, and theatre professionals. Check information desks for workshop schedules.
  • National Black Film Fest – This is a showcase of work from independent filmmakers.
  • International Vendors Market – This is the place to be when the shows are over. Join vendors representing all corners of the globe juxtaposed with sponsor booths.  Live entertainment adds to personal shopping pleasure. The Vendors Market will be open August 2 – August 5 at the Benton Convention Center. Hours are as follows: Wednesday August 2 from 2-9pm, Thursday August 3 from 11am-11pm, Friday August 4 from 11am-Midnight, Saturday August 5 from 11am-Midnight. For more information, contact Vendor Coordinator, Rhonda Caldwell at (704) 332-5819.
  • The Collegiate OneAct Play Reading Marathon, coordinated by North Carolina Central University’s Department of Theatre and hosted by The National Black Theatre Festival®, aims to acknowledge and foster student playwrights through the recognition and exposure of their dramatic works.   
  • International Colloquium – This is a collaborative effort between NBTF, Winston-Salem State University and the Black Theatre Network.  The Black Theatre: Reflections of Citizenship, Access, Freedom and Criminal Justice is the theme for 2017.  The four-day forum (August 1 – August 4) is facilitated by international theatre professionals and academicians.
Where is the nearest airport?2017-05-25T06:35:05+00:00

Piedmont Triad International (GSO) – located approximately 17 miles from downtown Winston-Salem.

Are there other airports in the area?2017-05-25T06:35:05+00:00
Where is the nearest Amtrak train station?2017-05-25T06:35:36+00:00

High Point, NC. The Amtrak Service located approximately 24 miles from downtown Winston-Salem.  Amtrak Service has free shuttle service that transports to Winston-Salem from High Point.

What are the official NBTF hotels?2017-05-25T22:40:27+00:00

A list of NBTF hotels can be found by clicking here.

Does the NBTF provide transportation from the Airport to NBTF Hotels?2017-05-25T06:35:36+00:00

No, however the airport provides shuttles to hotels. Contact your hotel for more information regarding hotel shuttle service.

Is there transportation from the hotels to the performances?2017-05-25T22:38:52+00:00

Yes, transportation will be available to theatre venues from designated Festival hotels August 1 – 5, 2017. Bus schedules will be available at NBTF Hotel lobbies.

There is no cost for this transportation.

Are there any volunteer opportunities available?2017-05-25T22:33:35+00:00

Yes the NBTF utilizes over 1,500 volunteers. Click here to register online as a volunteer.

Where is the NBTF office?2017-05-25T06:35:36+00:00

The National Black Theatre Festival® office is located at 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. It is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm (EST), and will be open on Saturdays starting July 10, 2017 from 10:00 am – 2:00pm. For all other times, please call our office.