National Black Theatre Festival

Larry Leon Hamlin, the late founder of the National Black Theatre Festival®) (NBTF), created the word “marvtastic”, a portmanteau of “marvelous” and “fantastic”, to define, “there is nothing greater or better than”; this especially applies in describing his festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  

Held biennially, the NBTF has drawn thousands of visitors since its inception 17 years ago. It showcases the ultimate in Black theatre over a 6-day span.  This festival, according to its website, “ … illuminates the powerful theatrical spirit and extraordinary talent of performers, designers, directors, producers and technicians from across the country and abroad … features more than a hundred theatrical performances by more than 50 respected celebrities, an Opening Night Gala, the Readers’ Theatre of New Works, the Youth/Celebrity Project, International Colloquia, the International Vendor’s Market, a poetry slam, and various workshops and seminars.”