Chester Gregory, Art Evans, André De Shields, Michael Colyar, and Keith David at NBTF 2019

Chester Gregory, Art Evans, André De Shields, Michael Colyar, and Keith David at NBTF 2019


Founded in 1979 by Larry Leon Hamlin, the North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NC Black Rep) is the first professional Black theatre company in North Carolina. NC Black Rep is committed to exposing diverse audiences to Black theatre classics, the development and production of new works, and sustaining Black theatre internationally. This continues to be the benchmark by which all projects are measured. The Company is universally recognized for its celebrated outreach program, the International Black Theatre Festival ® (IBTF).

NC Black Rep is dedicated to producing one world premiere play each season, which assists in staying true to the company’s goal of discovering and nurturing the next generation of great African American writers. NC Black Rep’s Teen Theatre Ensemble (TTE) training program was created to provide professional theatre training for young emerging artists, between the ages of 13 – 19 who are serious about developing their craft. The company’s Living Room Theatre reading series is free to the public and targets underserved members of the community who may not otherwise have access or the means to enjoy live theatre, and whose stories are often marginalized by society.

NC Black Rep also produces an annual MLK Birthday Celebration, which doubles as a talent show for local aspiring artists to showcase their talents, and a food drive Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest, NC, with entry to the event being three nonperishable food items.

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To Engage, Enrich, and Entertain audiences with transformative programming that champions Black Theatre internationally.


COMMUNITY – a feeling of belonging.
NC Black Rep creates spaces where patrons, performers, designers, technicians, administrators, and all lovers of art and storytelling commune.  

FELLOWSHIP – a shared experience.
NC Black Rep brings people together to experience programming that celebrates and shares stories from the African Diaspora, while working to assure everyone has a sense of belonging.

PARTNERSHIP – working with others to achieve common goals.
NC Black Rep fosters partnerships with individuals, groups, and organizations in alignment with our mission and vision. We aim to uplift our audience, community, and world. 

IMPACT – a strong effect or influence on someone.
NC Black Rep’s programming empowers people to create the change they want to see in their lives, communities, and ultimately, the world. We strive to use theatre to positively impact society.

LEGACY – to maintain and protect.
NC Black Rep is committed to sustaining Black Theatre on a global scale.


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