The Hansberry Project is a place for black plays to develop and find their place in the world. Named for activist-playwright Lorraine Hansberry, The Hansberry Project is a professional theatre lab that gives primacy to the African American voice and perspective. From initial sketches to fully-realized productions, the Hansberry Project promotes and supports black theatre artists of diverse interests and disciplines, speaking on a range of themes and working in a variety of styles. We are uniquely positioned, in our community, to provide a context for this work, placing it in the historical continuum of black artists in the American Theatre. We promote this work because we are committed to the idea of an American Theatre that accurately reflects the richness and diversity of American life. Our mission is to celebrate, support and present the work of black theatre artists. The vision for our work is a community in which the voices of black theatre artists – artfully expressing their observations, investigations, hopes and dreams - are an integral part of a rich, full-throated civic conversation.
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