Black Spectrum Theatre

Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

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Def Poetry Jam

Danny Simmons' Def Poetry Jam is a form of poetry typically based on urban culture and themes often with an expressed focus on the African American experience. While diverse, there is certainly a precedent for African American poets in this art form. This type of poetry typically serves to illustrate the experiences and lifestyle of those who grow up in urban environments. Def Poetry can take a number of different forms, depending on the poet, though it typically expresses personal opinions and life stories.

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Symposium on Reparations

This symposium brings together leading scholars, community organizers, and policymakers to grapple with the challenging questions of how to redress centuries of anti-Black racism and discrimination, and how to ensure that any move forward is designed with the long-term health of Black communities and individuals in mind.

Spring Theatre Workshop & Celebrity Masterclass


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ECAP


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BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Play-Reading Series returns to the Black Spectrum Theatre, Co. Inc. This event showcases excerpts of plays from talented local and national writers. The lineup includes Class of ‘68; Class Project; The Healing Zone; and Black Spurs.

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Walking in the Rain


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Natural Woman: An Aretha Story

Natural Woman: An Aretha Story is a theatrical tribute to the legendary Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, as never told before. Experience her iconic songs all over again including such hits as "Chain of Fools," "Never Loved a Man," "Ain't No Way," "Respect," and more.

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The Last Block Association

Back by popular demand is The Last Block Association. This story 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.

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Mother's Day

Black Spectrum Theatre Co., Inc. presents A Mother's Day Doo-Wop Brunch & Concert. Performing live are the T.S.T. (The Spinners Tribute); The Heartbeats; and The Miracles Revue. Plus, an Afro-Centric fashion show. Come and celebrate the most precious and beloved gift on the planet...MOTHERS!

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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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(718) 723-1800

About Us

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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Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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

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