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The week-long comprehensive review of the history of contemporary black theater will highlight key historical moments like the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Power Movement taught by veterans of Broadway and film

The Billie Holiday Theatre in collaboration with the renown Stella Adler Studio of Acting just announced the first Black Arts Theater Winter Immersion course led by Broadway and film veterans Stephen McKinley Henderson, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Phylicia Rashad and Michele Shay. The course marks the beginning of a partnership between the Stella Adler Studio and The Billie Holiday Theatre and will run from January 16 to January 20, 2018.

“What could be more important right now within the landscape of the American Theatre than ensuring that the next generation of theater artists step into the future with the fullest understanding of the critical significance and contributions of Black Theater institutions, works and pioneers,” said Dr. Indira Etwaroo, executive director at the Billie Holiday Theatre.

The week-long comprehensive review of the history of contemporary black theater will highlight key historical moments like the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Power Movement and the Negro Ensemble Company. The course aims to provide students with a deep understanding of the aesthetic, socio-cultural and historical components involved in bringing contemporary black theater to life.

“I’m deeply honored to have the opportunity to team up with the historic Billie Holiday Theatre and be of service to Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Michele Shay, Stephen McKinley Henderson and Phylicia Rashad on the Black Arts Theater Winter Immersion,” said Tom Oppenheim, artistic director at Stella Adler Studio. “The accumulated wisdom these four masters contain is frankly and truly unfathomable.”

The Black Arts Winter Immersion Course is the first of a series of collaborations between the Billie Holiday Theatre and the Stella Adler Studio; a five-week summer course will follow in July 2018

For more information and to apply, go here.

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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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