National Black Theatre

National Black Theatre, one of the oldest black theatres in the country, hosted two courses. A class on art, activism, and social justice during the Harlem Renaissance, taught by English professor Monica Miller, examined formal and informal theatre—from a 1917 “Silent Protest” parade along Fifth Avenue organized by W.E.B. Du Bois to the National Black Theatre’s production of Blood at the Root. In the second class, architecture students created proposals for a mixed-use facility for the theatre, which is considering a renovation and expansion, says adjunct assistant professor Irina Verona. The project prompted Joud Al Shdaifat ’17 to explore ways of “linking social, political, historical, and religious aspects of Harlem with the architectural concept of the design.”

 

(from left) Nabii Faison, director of the entrepreneurial arts program at the National Black Theatre (NBT); Irina Verona, adjunct assistant professor at Barnard; Monica Miller, an English professor at Barnard; Jonathan McCrory, director of NBT’s theatre arts program; and Sade Lythcott, NBT’s CEO.