Black Spectrum Theatre Co. Inc.
119-07 Merrick Blvd. mailing address
177th St. & Baisley Blvd. - Roy Wilkins Park -
BSTC's mission is to expand access to innovative, educational and relevant theatre and film that is refective of the Black experience. To advance our mission, we: 1) produce and present works by established and emerging Black playwrights and other performing artists of color; 2) deliver free and /or affordable theatre and performing arts events to underserved communities across New York City and nationwide, and 3)provide theatre education to youth and other diverse audiences to foster cultural and personal enrichment. What has distinguished BSTC's work over the years has been its Theatre and Film projects that have broken new ground on issues that In many cases have been years ahead of national diaoloque on issues affecting the African American Community. Anthem to that has been one of our first films on Teen pregnancy- Babies Making Babies-1979, or plays like, Deadwood Dick, legend of the West, on hero's of the wild west or Enlightenment, about Black inventors-1980, Let's Get busy- on urban youth getting involved in the political process-1995. T'was the Night Before Kwanzaa, questioning traditional holidays and proposing new ways of celebrating them 2005. The Healing Zone-1998,on the growing conflict between Alternative and Traditional medicine. And Urban Encounters 2002, the film that instructs youth on how to have positive encounters with the police at a time of growing frustrations in communities of Color. Additionally, BSTC's Summer outdoor Theatre on Wheels program and its new performing Arts after-school program ( E-CAP) has also distinguished our programming. Now celebrating our 47th Theatre Season, Black spectrum Theatre is among the oldest and longest operating professional African-American Theaters in New York city. Since our inception, BSTC has produced over 400 Theatre productions, 25 social justice films, 1 feature length movie and presented over 5,000 performances as well as won over 20 prestigious Theatre and film awards, including 10 Audelco Awards ( honoring excellence in African-American Theatre)