Black theater groups in Charleston give a ‘voice and forum’ to African-American identity | Features


The Charleston area boasts more than a dozen active theater companies. One specializes in big-production musicals, another in smart ensemble pieces. One company likes to present cabaret shows, another quirky original works.

And then there is Arthur Gilliard’s Art Forms and Theatre Concepts, which has been active since 1995 presenting works by and about African Americans.

A few years ago, another enterprise emerged to highlight the black experience. Yvonne Broaddus started Charleston Black Theatre to create artistic opportunities to examine history.

But it has been difficult for the two groups to keep afloat financially and offer robust programming. Thankfully, the city of Charleston’s Office of…

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