The African Continuum Theatre Company is an artistic and cultural leader in the Washington Metropolitan Region celebrated for its cultivation of African-American theatre practitioners and education programs both nationally and abroad.
1. Heritage – We believe that theater is an essential tool in the exploration and perpetuation of African-American history and culture. The rich legacy of African-American theater is a vital component of our national culture, and this legacy must be maintained and protected.
2. Knowledge – We believe that presenting theatrical productions driven by African-American stories expands the public’s awareness of African-American experiences and educates the community about the significance of African-Americans in our society.
3. Incubation – We believe that nurturing emerging and mid-career African-American playwrights and developing original works driven by African-American experiences will broaden and enhance the African-American theatrical canon, thereby engaging new and enduring audiences.
Theatre that illuminates African-American experiences, examines multiple facets of identity, and explores our connections to the African Diaspora.
The African Continuum Theatre Coalition was created in 1989 as a service organization to assist the dozen or more small black community theatres in the improvement of the quality and visibility of their work. In 1995, the Coalition transitioned into a theatre company, with a primary mission to produce professional, high-quality programming for the general public that preserves and highlights African-American history and culture.
The African Continuum Theatre Company has presented over 35 fully-produced, main-stage plays, seven of which were world premieres, along with numerous public readings of new works by playwrights of color. The African Continuum Theatre Company is committed to providing new and traditional performing art forms from main-stage productions to community engagement programs. Its focus and strength is engaging the community with exciting and meaningful theatrical productions, educational programs, partnerships, and volunteer opportunities that bring us to the larger community.
African Continuum has garnered recognition for its artistic endeavors and leadership from the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington and other agencies, including 16 Helen Hayes Awards nominations, 3 Helen Hayes Awards, the Washington Post Award for Distinguished Service to the Community, and the Mayor’s Arts Award.
Fresh Flavas New Play Reading Festival • African Continuum’s 20th Anniversary Celebration • The Legend of Buster Neal by Jackie Alexander
Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage • The Mojo and the Says
African Continuum Theatre Company presents high-quality productions, workshops, and programs that illuminate African-American experiences, examine multiple facets of identity, and explore the connections of African-Americans to the African Diaspora.
Arts & Entertainment
African Continuum Theatre Company Presents The World Premiere of Gypsy & The Bully Door by Nina Angela Mercer Directed by Eric Ruffin March 14-29 — Atlas Performing...