Mandela unveils the gripping untold story of Nelson Mandela in a world forever changed by apartheid. Confrontational and uncompromising in their pursuit for freedom of oppression in South Africa, Mandela, Winnie, and The ANC (African National Congress) fearlessly battle enormous odds while maintaining their dignity and compassion. The show depicts highly sensitive subjects, but also evokes laughter and moments of joy. Mandela is a timely, relevant, moving experience for all.
The Last Block Association captures, with realism and humor, the day-to-day drama and issues that most urban block associations face in 21st century America. Enter Pauline, a no-nonsense Black leader with a heart of gold, who struggles to keep her block together despite crime, squabbles, changing demographics, hookups, and mysterious new neighbors.
Known for her raw sense of humor and even more crass personality, Millie Jackson is an icon in the R&B genre. Not afraid to speak her mind or tell it like it is, Ms. Jackson continues to set strides for women everywhere with hit songs such as "A Child of God," "All the Way Lover," and "Feelin' Bitchy." A Conversation With Millie Jackson Live & Uncensored! is a tremendous opportunity to enter her world of music, publishing, and where she is now. Check it out!
Twas the Night Before Kwanzaa is an original holiday fantasy play for the entire family about three newly hired African-American elves who find that Santa Claus diverted to Africa to learn about Kwanzaa. Filled with lovable characters, unforgettable songs, and plenty of positive and uplifting messages about the holidays, 'Twas the Night Before Kwanzaa is a must-see.
Nurturing a New Generation of Artists for the 21st Century
A Living Theater & Performance Space
With a rich history of community-based theater, The Black Spectrum Theater is geared toward nurturing a new generation of artists in the 21st century. With 15–20 live events a year (ranging from theatre to music), we offer an exciting full season of programming, and our summer camps and after-school programs are geared to helping our youth explore the magic of the performance arts. Contact us today to learn more or to purchase tickets.
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Writer, producer, filmmaker, and visionary Carl Clay founded Black Spectrum Theatre in 1970 to provide the community with African-American cultural expression through contemporary theater and film. To this end, we produce and present theatre, films, and videos examining issues of social significance to the African-American community. At our 325-seat state-of-art theatre, we serve more than 20,000 audience members annually—and we reach many thousands more through our nationally distributed films for urban teens series, mobile stage, and school residency programs.
Based in Jamaica, NY, Black Spectrum is the only professional theatre company reaching out to people of African descent in the area. Our programs for children and youth include our Youth and Children's Theatre Company, Summer Theatre Camp, Children's and Youth Theatre Institute, and E-CAP After School Program.
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Phone (718) 723-1800
Hours of Operation Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Address 177-01 Baisley Boulevard Jamaica, NY 11434
Service Area Serving Jamaica, NY, and the Surrounding 50-Mile Radius
BSTC is funded in part by NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs; NY Community Trust; National Endowment for the Arts; NYC Parks & Recreation; NYC Black, Hispanic & Asian Caucus; NYC Councilman Daneek Miller; Queens Borough President Donovan Richards; President of NYC Councilwoman Adrienne Adams; New York City Council Member Natasha Williams ; New York City Councilwoman Selvena Brooks-Powers ; Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman; New York State Senator Leroy Comrie; NYC Dept. of Youth & Community Development; NYC Transit Authority Donations Committee; Carver Bank; Local Union 1199; and NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs Coalitions of Theatre of Color, NYC Cultural Immigrant, and Anti-Gun Violence Initiatives.
Black Spectrum Theatre is the recipient of ten AUDELCO Awards and three National Black Theatre Festival Awards for excellence in African-American theatre.