Anthony D. Hill is director, administrator, and associate professor of drama at The Ohio State University. Douglas Q. Barnett is a writer, play director, producer, and founder of Black Arts/West in Seattle, Washington.
The A to Z of African American Theaterby Anthony D. Hill, Douglas Q. Barnett
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African American Theater is a vibrant and unique entity enriched by ancient Egyptian rituals, West African folklore, and European theatrical practices. A continuum of African folk traditions, it combines storytelling, mythology, rituals, music, song, and dance with ancestor worship from ancient times to the present. It afforded black artists a cultural gold mine to celebrate what it was like to be an African American in The New World. The A to Z of African American Theater celebrates nearly 200 years of black theater in the United States, identifying representative African American theater-producing organizations and chronicling their contributions to the field from its birth in 1816 to the present. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries on actors, directors, playwrights, plays, theater producing organizations, themes, locations, and theater movements and awards.
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Superb. Dr Hill covers all key aspects of African American Theatre in this reference book.