Black Theatre Network 33rd Annual Conference – 2019

Black Theatre: Unapologetically Black  

July 25th – July 29th 2019 ~Winston-Salem North Carolina 

Black Theatre Network (BTN) is seeking panel/roundtable proposals, papers, workshops and presentations from scholars and professionals based on this year’s theme, Black Theatre: Unapologetically Black. A celebration of theatre that addresses black joy, black empowerment and black perseverance without succumbing or yielding to oppression. Presentations should highlight (but are not limited to) the most current practices, challenges, concepts and works in the following areas:

  • Black Theatre in Black Communities 

  • Black Ensemble-Driven Theatre 

  • Black Devised Theatre 

  • Black Theatre and Social Justice (Black Lives Matter)

  • Missions and Curations of black theatre companies (Selections and special events for current seasons).

  • Empowering the Black Community through black theatre

  • New practices in design and staging and technical applications

  • Pedagogy and curricula 

  • Contemporary approaches as a playwright, director, actor, etc. 

  • Black Theatre Production at HBCU’s 

  • Hip-Hop Theatre 

  • Black Theatre and social media

  • New forms of performance

  • New Works (Page-to-stage, development, presentations, readings, etc.) 

Submission info:

  • Applicants should submit abstracts and panel proposals no later than Monday April 1st 2019   

  • Please submit your proposal through the following link:

Only questions should be submitted to Chris Berry, Vice President and Conference Coordinator at


In honor of a pioneering black theater scholar and in the interest of encouraging research and scholarship in Black Theatre, BTN has sponsored The S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition since 1988. The submitted papers are adjudicated by a panel of BTN's published scholars, and the award winning writers are invited to present their work at the annual conference.

For details & submission information for the 2018 32nd Annual S. Randolph Edmonds competition, click here


The Black Theatre Network established this award in 1996 in honored of pioneering costume designer Judy Dearing to encourage African American students focused on elements of theatrical design. The awards are presented every other year with the other major awards.

For details & submission information for the 2018 Judy Dearing Design competition, click here.

International Colloquium

The International Colloquium is a collaborative effort between the National Black Theatre Festival, Winston-Salem State University and the Black Theatre Network. The theme for the 2019 International Colloquium is “The Future of Black Creative/Performing Arts as Liberatory Practice”. Click here to download the Call for Papers & Guidelines for Submission.