NBTF Overview 2017-09-02T16:21:26+00:00

“My experience attending the NBTF for the very first time was beyond anything I could have anticipated and imagined. The networking, attendees, and the awesome number of quality plays and musicals were impressive and extraordinary.
I cannot wait to return in 2019.”

“It’s so difficult to get noticed in this industry, which made my experience at NBTF so exhilarating. Producers, directors, playwrights, want to shake hands and talk about their love of theatre; people really want to connect. Following my performance at NBTF, my information was requested by a Broadway producer and I was contacted by and am working with a new manager in NYC; that’s getting noticed!”

2017 Full Schedule

Scenes from the 2017 NBTF

What 2017 NBTF Attendees are Saying…


I have been coming to the NBTF since 1992. I am so glad that it just keeps getting better and better. Keep up the good work!


I must admit.  My mom had to drag me to come to a play.  I thought theatre was for an older generation.  I loved it and even cried during the performance it was so moving.  I didn’t want my mother to know I was crying because I wouldn’t hear the end of it.  I can’t wait to go to another play and she won’t have to drag me next time!


This was my first time attending the National Black Theatre Festival.  I attended three plays and was blown away by the powerful performances!  The actors and the direction were excellent.  I will definitely be back in 2019!