A 2012 dress rehearsal of "The Invisible Man" at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.

A 2012 dress rehearsal of "The Invisible Man" at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Playwright August Wilson once said: “Black theater in America is alive. It is vital. It just isn’t funded.”

Indeed, black theater is alive and has deep roots in the Washington region, as many locals have contributed to its thriving culture. But even so, the theater world –often expensive and leaning on the work of white playwrights– hasn’t always been accessible.

Though great strides have been made to expand theater’s reach to the black community in particular, those doing the work on-stage and behind-the-scenes maintain there’s still work to be done.

We hear from local theater luminaries on the history and future of Washington’s black theater scene.


  • Jennifer Nelson Senior Programming Advisor, Ford's Theater
  • Courtney Baker-Oliver Founder, Restoration Stage
  • Lyn Dyson Alumnus, D.C. Black Repertory Alumni Association
  • Robert Hooks Founder, Black Repertory Theatre

Topics + Tags


comments powered by Disqus
Most Recent Shows

The Politics Hour: July 10, 2020

Friday, Jul 10 2020Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld talks about the future of WMATA and what reopening will look like. And D.C. Councilmember Vincent Gray walks us through city budget and gives us an update on building a hospital east of the Anacostia River.

D.C. Police Reform, Past And Present

Wednesday, Jul 08 2020The D.C. Council's emergency police reform bans chokeholds and the use of pepper spray on peaceful protesters. But D.C. Auditor Kathy Patterson says these and other proposed measures are already on the books.