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  • Open to the Public

Hollywood legends Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, and Ossie Davis began their careers as founding members of The American Negro Theatre (ANT), an influential Black theater company in Harlem that paved the way for Black artists in the 1940s. But have you heard about the founder and actor Frederick O'Neal and the contributions of the founding ensemble members Earle Hyman, Helen Martin, Hilda Sims, and Osceola Archer to American Theater? We are delighted to invite you to an inspiring exhibition curated by the students of the "Reclamation: Restoring the Black Legacy in American Theater" course, "ANT: In Search of the People’s Theatre." The exhibition showcases the student-led genealogical research on ANT's rich history, pioneering contributions, and the often-overlooked ensemble members. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to be inspired by these pioneering figures and their impact on American theater.

Light refreshments will be provided.


Curated by:

Bea Agbi

Mel Arthur

Camille Creusaton

Awa Diop

Kemit Fisher

Jaden Garrett

Soliyana Gebremedhin

Nylah Lee

Kaothara Morakinyo

Ris Paulino

Annika Paylor

Quincy Smith

Annez Smith

​​Rosa Smith-Ortiz

Tiernee Pitts

Prof. Raffeal Sears

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Raffeal Sears
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