The Providence Black Repertory Company
The Providence Black Repertory Company (Black Rep) produces and presents artistic performances that bring people together, provoke thought, inspire hope, and create understanding. The Black Rep is a 501c3 non profit arts organization that provides a unique experience inspired by the cultural traditions of the African Diaspora in three key areas: Theater, Education, and Public Programs. Founded in 1996 by Artistic/Executive Director Donald W. King, The Providence Black Repertory Company produced its very first stage production, The Island, on the third floor of an old print shop in Downcity Providence. As a native Rhode Islander, King was acutely aware of the need and responsibility to build a vital cultural institution dedicated to making an artistic, social, and political impact. Ten years later, in a brand new facility that includes performance and rehearsal space as well as a beautiful café and lounge, the Black Rep is still working towards that goal, with programming that ranges from a Latin Jazz series, to drumming workshops for youth, to premiers of new American plays, to Rhode Island’s most exciting summer music festival. Across the three program areas, there is an ongoing focus on contextualizing the artistic work through humanities panels, discussions, printed materials, and outreach.