The National Black Theater
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about National Black Theatre
Located in the heart of Harlem, National Black Theatre (NBT) was founded in 1968 by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, the late award winning visionary artist and entrepreneur. With a distinguished 48-year history of innovative work in both the national theatrical field and in the Harlem community, NBT is the first revenue-generating Black art complex in the country and also the oldest Black theatre company that has been continuously led by a woman of color.
NBT’s cultural arts complex acts as an essential hub, laboratory and pipeline for artists of color to experiment, develop, and present new work to advance social engagement and change within the community. In addition to creating a platform for cultural education through artistic performance, throughout its history, NBT has been committed to addressing issues that affect its community by providing a culturally conscious safe space for local artists, community organizations and residents to conduct educational programming through community meetings, symposia and workshops.