ANITA BUSH PLAYERS

POSTED ONJANUARY 23, 2008 BY CONTRIBUTED BY: ANTHONY DUANE HILL The Anita Bush Players, also known as the Anita Bush All-Colored Dramatic Stock Company was organized by Actor Anita Bush in New York City in 1915. An actor, dancer, and producer, Anita Bush turned to drama after a back injury ended her dancing career in musical theatre … More ANITA BUSH PLAYERS

The 19th-Century African-American Actor Who Conquered Europe

And why you might never have heard of Ira Aldridge. BY NATASHA FROST AUGUST 7, 2017   In 1824, a young, black New Yorker named Ira Aldridge set sail for England. Within 10 years, he was performing Shakespeare in London’s Covent Garden. By the time 20 more had passed, he had performed for royalty across Europe, made audiences laugh … More The 19th-Century African-American Actor Who Conquered Europe

AFRICAN COMPANY / AFRICAN GROVE THEATRE

POSTED ON FEBRUARY 11, 2007 BY CONTRIBUTED BY: ANTHONY DUANE HILL The African Company was the first known black theatre troupe. In 1816, William Henry Brown (1815-1884), a retired West Indian steamship steward, acquired a house on Thomas Street in lower Manhattan, New York. He offered a variety of instrumental and vocal entertainments on Sunday afternoons in his tea garden, … More AFRICAN COMPANY / AFRICAN GROVE THEATRE

Characters of “You Can’t Take it With You”

Characters Penelope Sycamore Usually goes by Penny, Penelope is the mother of Essie and Alice, wife of Paul, and daughter of Martin. She writes plays and paints as hobbies because it makes her happy, but is terrible at both. Penny is a loving mother and wife who is constantly concerned with the welfare of her family. Her … More Characters of “You Can’t Take it With You”

THE BLACK PRESENCE IN THEATER THROUGH THE CENTURIES IN THE HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN THEATER

In the following account the authors Anthony D. Hill, associate professor of drama at The Ohio State University, and Douglas Q. Barnett, director, producer, and founder of Black Arts/West in Seattle, discuss why they created the Historical Dictionary of African American Theater, the first comprehensive compendium of two centuries of blacks on stage. African American Theatre … More THE BLACK PRESENCE IN THEATER THROUGH THE CENTURIES IN THE HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN THEATER