African American Theatre Program

Ladies and Gentlemen, The University of Louisville African American Theatre Program Presents the 30th Anniversary Black Light Gala on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 6-10 pm. 

Join us for a night of excellence, live performers, vendors, plated catering, and recognizing black arts.  Hosted by Sherlene Shanklin.

This year, our keynote speaker is Brandon McCall, Simba in The Lion King on Broadway in New York City.  Broadway actor and vocalist Brandon A. McCall--a native son of Birmingham, Alabama --received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Alabama State University. Last year, he was inducted into the 2022 Class of ASU’s 50 Under 50. Mr. McCall is a proud member of the Beta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 

Brandon’s professional credits include Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Smokey Joe's Café, Disney’s The Little Mermaid as Sebastian, and Schoolhouse Rock, He has been in the films Woodlawn and The Deadliest Lie among others.

Support the Black Arts and get your ticket today: BlackLightsGala or scan the QR code on the flyer.  If your department is interested in buying a table, let us know.  We hope to see you there!

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Founded in 1993, the African American Theatre Program is the first (and only accredited) graduate program in African American Theatre in the nation. Our program offers a unique opportunity for students to study African American Theatre and earn a graduate certificate in African American Theatre (attainable in various focuses) or an undergraduate minor in Black Performance Studies. We offer an in-depth curriculum that focuses on the theory and craft of acting, directing, and designing for Black theatre. Here, you will learn about the history, literature, and aesthetics that make African American theatre so rich and culturally essential to our society. 

The AATP is committed to staging two works each academic year by new and established Black dramatists. We are excited to offer Louisville audiences the chance to see an array of classic and cutting edge African diasporic performances. In addition to our campus performances, our student artists have been seen on national stages, including the National Black Theatre Festival and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.


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Black Performance Studies Minor

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UofL's AATP Production of Detroit 67' (2020) by Dominique Morisseau, photo by Tom Fougeroussee

Graduate Certificate in African American Theatre

UofL's AATP Production of Fairview (2023) by Jackie Sibblies Drury, photo by Tom Fougeroussee

Recent African American Theatre Productions

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UofL’s AATP Production of King Hedley II (2019) by August Wilson, photo by Tom Fougerousse