BTN Conferences

A national forum for the exchange of ideas
between professionals, educators and students of Black Theatre

BTN CONFERENCES are annual conferences which serve as a national forum for the exchange of ideas between professionals, educators and students of Black Theatre. During odd-numbered years, BTN holds smaller, more focused and planning-based conferences in Winston-Salem, NC. These conferences immediately precede the National Black Theatre Festival, where BTN co-sponsors the International Colloquium with NBTF. In even-numbered years, BTN hosts larger conferences in locations across the country, giving voice and representation to Black Theatre in each city we visit.

Conference themes are recommended by our members and selected by the Vice President of the BTN Executive Board. The Winona Lee Fletcher and Lifetime Membership awards and honors bestowed upon Black Theatre leaders are chosen by BTN's President, with approval of the Executive Board.

BTN Conferences are our Annual Black Theatre Family Reunion!

2019 BTN Conference

Black Theatre: Unapologetically Black

July 25th – July 29th 2019

Winston-Salem North Carolina

at the historic brookstown inn

I am still overwhelmed and full from my first BTN Conference. I wasn’t very sure what to expect once I agreed to accompany my sister, Kemati Porter from eta, to the conference. Her assurances of what I would experience far exceeded my expectations. It was simply wonderful to be in the space with “my people” in the theatre. I openly thank everyone that took the time to welcome me, exchange dialogue and most of all I am blessed with new friendship, especially my fellow costume designers in “the struggle”.
— Andrea Brown
I wish that I stayed more than two days. I can’t wait to go next year.
— -Kellita Wooten
I really enjoyed the focus and attention that each member brought to this year’s conference. It was exciting to see so many people interested in outlining goals and ideas for the coming future of the organization, and not only voicing their opinions on these goals, but also thinking aloud in practical steps to achieve them. That really impressed me, and helped me to start thinking similarly.
— Craig Cleveland