Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop performance image Heather Harvey in scene by Mieko Gavia

Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop

As seen in:BRTW featured in Time Out

“The Revolutionary Theatre is shaped by the world, and moves to reshape the world,”- Amiri Baraka, The Revolutionary Theatre

Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop, LLC (BRTW)

BRTW exists to explore, create, and produce art-as-revolution. While our members craft original work, we celebrate our mission and aesthetic as part of an artistic heritage. We stand on the shoulders of giants like Amiri Baraka, from whom we borrowed our namesake, to build a Revolutionary Theatre. Since Revolutionary Theatre cannot only be fulfilled in response, we seek to inspire and inform active change for the significant advancement of oppressed groups.

Our work centers on intersectional Black experiences, so we can reflect this rich community in its diverse truth. Blackness is not a monolith, so we strive to create compelling narratives featuring identities and experiences in beautiful, complex honesty. While we understand that it is impossible for our work to be entirely representative, we aim to be reflective.

Our lives begin to die the day we are silent about the things that matter.
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Who We Are

We are a collective of Black artists based in Brooklyn, NY, so most of our work takes plan in and around the tristate area. Founded shortly after the 2015 massacre at Mother Emanuel AME, we began to identify the social and artistic trends that both elevate and silence Black culture. As a result, our work explores the impact of oppression on our community while unearthing the freedom to explore unabashed Blackness onstage. Today, we bring our work to stages at home in NYC and on tour in the Northeast.

Why Workshop?

We have performed original pieces at colleges, universities, and community organizations throughout the Northeast. While we often work on a commission, we are exploring more flexible and creative means to share our work and mission. As a result, all of our work is evolving, so each piece grows as the collective grows. Our identity as a workshop incorporates the spirit of growth, while reminding our members that art- most especially our art- is living and evolving.

Support BRTW!

Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop is a small collective, but we have big dreams. Your support could provide the essential resources to help us share our work with wide-ranging and more diverse audiences. Fortunately, there are a number of effective ways to help BRTW reach its aims:

We hope to expand our artistic and community outreach, workshops, and programs nationwide and internationally. If you are interested in bringing BRTW to your organization, let us know!

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Testimonials

  • “It reaches into the audience and slams them on the ground. It’s a spiritual powerhouse – with an intellectual punch to match.”

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