Our History

Our History

The New York Black Arts Festival is a musical theatre troupe dedicated to bringing fresh and unique live African American and multi-cultural theatre designed for the entire family! Our theatrical focus is on urban fairy tales and myths. But not your mother's fairy tales. We present fairy tales that is a reflection of modern pop culture presented in the vaudevillian style, which is an early style of African-American touring theatre that incorporates larger than life characters, big voices, improvisation, various styes of street dance mixed with modern, jazz, ballet and direct audience involvement all in one. Our performances are audience interactive and the kids are integrated into every performance, making them feel uniquely important in this theatrical experience. Ultimately, our goal is to produce and present artistic performances that bring people of all cultures and backgrounds together, provoke thought, inspire hope, spread joy and create understanding.

SEASON 2016 - 2017

Season 2015 -2016 is about to commence we endeavor to bring the best from the world ofBroadway and professional children's theater to our stage. The New York Black Arts Student Matinee and Family Series will feature professional adult actors in full scale productions. It's going to be a busy and exciting year, we suspect. But, as usual, a great deal of fun for everyone. Let yourself be carried away this season. You'll be glad you made the trip!


Our mission is to enlighten, empower, educate , entertain, engage as well as preserve and promote African American Theater Art and Culture on the national stage touring abroad with quality creative expression in classic, contemporary, and original literary works of the rich tradition of diversity with a twenty first century multicultural theater with the highest standards of artistic excellence and contemporary relevance. The New York Black Arts Festival produces and presents artistic performances that bring people of all cultures and backgrounds together, provoke thought, inspire hope, and create understanding.


"The Best Shows for Schools...Period!"

THE NEW YORK BLACK ARTS meets a multitude of community needs through its arts in education programs and community outreach efforts. Thousands of youth have attended our shows, discovering their talents through musical theater. We provide opportunities for participants to learn about their heritage and see positive, non-violent images of urban life. Our student matinee theatrical performances equip girls and boys with the opportunity to explore the connections and similarities of a variety of cultures and their traditions through theater and performance art. Year after year, our performances for school groups, organizations, and family and friends demonstrate the need for expanded arts opportunities where children participate in meaningful and productive activity engaged through the lively art of theater! Come and bring your students and experience the joy of theater and be magically transformed into students who excel, young people who can become our future leaders.



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