African American Theatre Program

Above photo: UofL's AATP Production of Baltimore (2017) by Kirsten Greenidge, Photo by Aukram Burton

Founded in 1993, the African American Theatre Program is the first (and only) graduate program in African American Theatre in the region.  The 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.

Characters from Monsieur Baptiste, the Con Man production.
Monsieur Baptiste, the Con Man

Characters from Monsieur Baptiste, the Con Man production.
Monsieur Baptiste, the Con Man

Man in blue robe walking away from woman in red/pink robeEdá (Everyman)


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.

Collaboration with famous theatre talents

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

Characters from The Tempest production.
The Tempest

Megan Kubac, Shaleen Cholera, and Travis Stolp in William Shakespeare's OTHELLO.

Scene from the production of Bloodline
Bloodline Rumba

Learn more about the Program's academic requirements

Black Performance Studies Undergraduate Minor

Graduate Certificate in African American Theatre