The Paul Robeson Theatre is the second oldest component of the African American Cultural Center.
It was founded in 1968 to nurture and showcase the talents of African American playwrights, producers, directors, actors and stage technicians in the City of Buffalo and the surrounding Western New York region.
Theater artists of every caliber have helped to shape the Paul Robeson Theatre. The illustrious Ossie Davis was an early artistic consultant. Other alumni directors, actors, playwrights and producers include Woodie King Jr., Reuben Santiago Hudson, Margaret Ford-Taylor, Phyllicia Allen Rashad, Richard Gant, Robert Stacker Thomas, P.J. Gibson, J.E. Franklin and Robert Earl Jones.
The PRT has also captured numerous awards since it began. Among these are the Governor’s Arts Award and several Artvoice Artie awards (the Buffalo equivalent of the Broadway Tony). Early in its history, Artvoice also recognized the Paul Robeson Theatre for “using the medium of theatre to promote social change, especially through their work with young children.”
The PRT periodically commissions out-of-town directors from other cities and collaborates with local companies that include the Irish Classical Theatre, Ujima Company, Inc., Shea’s Performing Arts Theatre and MusicalFare Theatre, among others. The 130-seat physical theater is housed inside of the African American Cultural Center at 350 Masten Avenue.
The Paul Robeson Theatre season runs from September to May, with an average of four productions that focus on the African American experience. Season subscriptions and group rates are available.
Performing Arts Training
Actor Isaac Fareed
Actress Zeruiah Shadwick
Fitness Saturday's at the AACC
$20.00 per month / $7.00 single class
fundraiser for the August Wilson Monologue Competition
Performing Arts Training
August Wilson Monologue Competition Coaching Classes
1-2pm (High School Participants only)
Adult Drama Seminar
Ages 16 – Adult - Tuition $25.00 Monthly
Students perform during the Anne Frank Project Festival Event "Tales From The Porch" with featured Artist Exhibitionist Aitina Fareed-Cooke
Scratch Night at the Robeson
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Every Month we host a Monday night event which showcases works-in-progress performances in theatre, dance, music, poetry, comedy, storytelling, indie-films most all disciplines by emerging artists who wish to present their ideas in a live environment. Each presentation is followed by a reflective exchange between the artist and audience, facilitated by the host. This opportunity provides valuable feedback for further development to the artist work. Every evening ends with networking opportunities among artist, audience and future collaborators. Vendors are welcome to setup.