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Barbara Ann Teer and the National Black Theatre : Transformational Forces in Harlem - Lundeana Marie Thomas

Barbara Ann Teer and the National Black Theatre

Transformational Forces in Harlem

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Published: 1st October 1997
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While chronicling the development of Teer's National Black Theatre of Harlem, this study explores the National Black Theatre's quest to develop a new black theory of acting. Teer's theory of performance was realized in a theater that combined elements of Pentacostal worship and African ritual, melding spontaneity from the performers, percussive music, singing, dancing, emotional expression from both actors and audience, and spectacle. The National Black Theatre's major achievement is the creation of an original art form that helps African Americans identify with their roots and invites spontaneous audience interaction. The study offers the National Black Theatre as a model African American community theater with valuable lessons for other theaters. The innovative methods of the National Black Theatre provide a model for enlightening and sensitizing audiences to cultural diversity. A pioneering institution, the National Black Theatre has proven itself over its 25 year history to be a cultural treasure and the quintessential theater in Harlem. Also includes maps.(Bibliography, and index; foreword by Dr. Winona Fletcher, Professor Emeritus of Theater and Drama and Afro-American Studies; Founder of the National Black Theatre)

Before the National Black Theatre
Barbara Ann Teer: Background Black Pentecostalism African Analogues to Pentecostal Rituals Yoruba Ritualistic Practices
The National Black Theatre: The Beginning
Self-Affirmation
Cooperation
Education
Spirituality
Values
Liberation
Training at the National Black Theatre
Evolutionary Movement and Dance Course
Meditation and Spiritual Release Courses
Liberation Theory Classes
Black Cultural Resources
Pentecostal Church Black Cultural Resources
The Apollo Theatre
The Cycles Community Involvement
Current Classes Identity, Dignity, and Trust Course
The Power in You Writer's Course
The Entrepreneurial Course
Graduation Ceremonies
Summary
The NBT: The Quintessential Black Theatre of Harlem
Critical Response to Selected
Productions Black Theatrical
Elements in NBT Productions
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ISBN: 9780815329206
ISBN-10: 0815329202
Series: Studies in African American History and Culture
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st October 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1