Written by Elizabeth Ann Foster

Anyone considering making a donation to the theater world please take a look at these historic black theater companies. These are some of the hardest hit in the industry. The first four are based here in NYC. Penumbra theater is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. These are pulled from an article appearing in Theatermania by David Gordon click here to read.

We are making donating easy just click on theater company name and it will bring you to their donation page and you can see their current offerings and research their financials and missions in determining which you choose to support. This is a way to make a peaceful statement and sustain the neighborhoods hit the hardest.

National Black Theatre

Longest owned and operated by a woman of color. Founded by the late Dr. Barbara Ann Teer in 1968. Based on 5th Avenue in Harlem.

The Classical Theatre of Harlem

Based and serving the Harlem community since 2000.

Harlem Stage

Based in Harlem and presenting works since 1985.

The Billie Holliday Theatre

Brooklyn based serving the community since 1972.

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center

Based in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.

Black Ensemble Theatre

Chicago based company, founded in 1976.

Penumbra Theatre

Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Pyramid Theatre Company

Based in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company

Atlanta-based and founded in 2002.

Ebony Repertory Theatre

The first and only professional African-American theater company in Los Angeles.