Karamu: America's National Black Theatre

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As the oldest continuously operating African American theatre in the United States, Karamu House has been both a major player in African American theatre and a fixture of the Cleveland community. Langston Hughes, whose plays were produced there, said that Karamu was the "nearest thing" to a national African American theatre, and indeed, Karamu's history has both shaped and mirrored the larger history of black theatre in the U.S. I seek papers on any aspect of Karamu's theatrical past and present, from both scholars and practitioners. I particularly welcome papers that engage with the theme of this year's Mid-America Theatre Conference, "revision." Please submit a 250-word abstract to j.m.burrell@csuohio.edu by Sunday, October 13, 2013. Include your name, job title, professional affiliation, and a brief biography.

The 35th Annual Mid-America Theatre Conference will take place in Cleveland, OH from March 6-9, 2014. See http://matc.us/ for more information.