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Black Theater

By Stacy M. Brown, The Washington Informer.

From megastars like Sidney Poitier to the late Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, a host of African-American film stars have also mastered the black theater.

And, as the black theater, which some call an endangered species, struggles, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Maryland, will cap Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 28, with an introspective symposium beginning at 9 a.m.

Officials said the event, titled “Black Theatre Symposium,” explores the expansion of an inclusive presence and influence in the field of theater.

Produced by the University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, participants will focus on the exemplars of excellence in black theater, which institutions are cultivating black theater practitioners, how to facilitate inclusion and diversity in the technical and administrative aspects of the field and how black performers can expand their artistry and marketability.

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