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A Message from the Director of the Program,
Dr. Lundeana M. Thomas




Dr. Lundeana Thomas


We appreciate your interest in African American Theatre and our Program.  We are excited to offer Louisville audiences the chance to see an array of classic and cutting edge African American performances.
  We offer an incredibly unique opportunity for students to study African American Theatre; its history, literature, aesthetics as well as the crafts of acting and directing.  Here you will learn training not only for William Shakespeare and Tony Kushner but also August Wilson, Pearl Cleage and Wole Soyinka.

If you have any questions, please call me at 502-852-8442.


To reserve your tickets to Carolyn Gage's Mason-Dixon please call 502-852-8443.


AATP 20th Anniversary (1993-2013) Celebrations

Please join us for our 20th Anniversary African American Theatre Program productions



Monsieur Baptiste, the Con Man
By Roger Furman
Directed by Lundeana Thomas
 Monsieur Baptiste
November 20-24
The Playhouse
Gem of the Ocean
By August Wilson
Directed by Clinton Turner Davis
Gem of the Ocean 
April 9-13
at The Playhouse

Please join us for these upcoming AATP 20th Anniversary events


The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, January 20 1:00 pm at The Playhouse, Free

Theme: Kentucky African American Women in Civil Rights

Keynote Speaker: Betty Baye

Performance: African American Theatre Program Company

Mason-Dixon by Carolyn Gage, March 27-29 8:00pm at The Thrust Theatre, $10

Dr. Lundeana Thomas and Dr. Rinda Frye will be performing to raise funds for a Spring Singapore, China cultural exchange trip.


A Hip-Hop version of The Orphan of Chao, April 18-20 at The Thrust Theatre, $10

The AATP will be previewing their Hip-Hop version of The Orphan of Chao to raise funds for a Spring Singapore, China cultural exchange trip, where they will also perform this production of The Orphan of Chao.


The African American Theatre Program Mission


Founded in 1993, the African American Theatre Program is committed to staging works by new and established African American dramatists, developing a broad audience for African American theatre, and offering an in-depth curriculum that focuses on the theory and craft of acting, directing, and designing for Black Theatre.


AATP students have had the chance to see, work with, and learn from such industry luminaries and legends:


Cicely Tyson, Glynn Turman, Woodie King Jr., Larry Leon Hamlin, Myrna Colley-Lee, Delroy Lindo, Judi Ann Mason, Paul Tazwell, Joyce Sylvester, Felix Cochren, Shirley Pendergast, Dr. Tonea Stewart, Clinton Turner Davis, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, Hattie Winston, Kathryn Ervin, John O'Neal, Paul Carter Harrison, Dr. Daryl Harris, Starletta DuPois, Rod Gailes, Michelle Wilson, Shauneille Perry, Jacque Edmonds-Cofer, Victoria Norman Brown, Dr. Daniel Banks, Jerry B. Cleveland, Dr. Floyd Gaffney, Darryl Goodner, Gregory Horton, Dr. Barbara J. Molette, Dr. Carlton W. Molette, Dr. Mikell Pinkney, Marvin l. Sims, Dr. Victor Leo Walker II, Dr. Charles Veraren, Dr. Kathy Perkins, Dr. Vernell Lillie


Steal Away Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
The Orphan of Chao

Steal Away

By Ramona King

Performed at the National Black Theatre Festival 

in Winston-Salem, North Carolina


By John Steptoe and Karen Abbot

Performed in Xiamen, China


AATP The Orphan of Chao

By Chi Chun-Hsing
African American Adaptation

Performed in Louisville, Kentucky


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