The African American Theatre Directory, 1816-1960: A Comprehensive Guide to Early Black Theatre Organizations, Companies, Theatres, and Performing Groups

The African American Theatre Directory, 1816-1960: A Comprehensive Guide to Early Black Theatre Organizations, Companies, Theatres, and Performing Groups

by Lena McPhatter Gore

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Overview

A comprehensive directory of more than 600 entries, this detailed ready reference features professional, semi-professional, and academic stage organizations and theatres that have been in the forefront in pioneering most of the advances that African Americans have made in the theatre. It includes groups from the early 19th century to the dawn of the revolutionary Black theatre movement of the 1960s. It is an effort to bring together into one volume information that has hitherto been scattered throughout a number of different sources. The volume begins with an illuminating foreword by Errol Hill, a noted critic, playwright, scholar and Willard Professor of Drama Emeritus, Dartmouth College.

A comprehensive directory of more than 600 entries, this detailed ready reference features professional, semi-professional, and academic stage organizations and theatres that have been in the forefront in pioneering most of the advances that African Americans have made in the theatre. It includes groups from the early 19th century to the dawn of the revolutionary Black theatre movement of the 1960s. It is an effort to bring together into one volume information that has hitherto been scattered throughout a number of different sources. The volume begins with an illuminating foreword by Errol Hill, a noted critic, playwright, scholar and Willard Professor of Drama Emeritus, Dartmouth College.

Included in the volume are the earliest organizations that existed before the Civil War, Black minstrel troupes, pioneer musical show companies, selected vaudeville and road show troupes, professional theatrical associations, booking agencies, stock companies, significant amateur and little theatre groups, Black units of the WPA Federal Theatre, and semi-professional groups in Harlem after the Federal Theatre. The A-Z entries are supplemented with a classified appendix that also includes additional organizations not listed in the main directory, a bibliography, and three indexes for shows, showpeople, and general subjects. Cross referencing makes related information easy to find.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313295379
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/28/1997
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 1250L (what's this?)

About the Author

BERNARD L. PETERSON, JR., is Professor Emeritus of English and Drama at Elizabeth City State University. He is the author of Contemporary Black American Playwrights and Their Plays (1988), Early Black American Playwrights and Dramatic Writers (1990), and A Century of Musicals in Black and White (1993), all of which were published by Greenwood Press. He is currently completing a directory of African Americans in the theatre, 1820-1960s (forthcoming from Greenwood Press).

Table of Contents

Foreword by Errol Hill

Preface

Contributors and Research Consultants

The African American Theatre Directory

Appendix A: Alphabetical List of Black-Oriented and Black-Controlled Theatres, Halls, and Performance Spaces

Appendix B: Classification of Black Theatre Organizations, Companies, and Performing Groups by Type

Information Sources

Index of Names

Index of Organizations and Theatres

Index of Show Titles

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