Hattiloo Theatre is a black repertory theatre company that stages at least seven major productions and six special performances every season. It is also one of the very few free standing, independent black theatres in the country. The goal is to highlight the diversity of Black artistic expression, including music, theatre, and dance.
Bandele formed the sixth freestanding black repertory company in America six years ago in a Marshall Avenue storefront. In June of 2013, Hattiloo broke ground for the new theatre. The facility will feature two stages for large and smaller shows and a total space of 10,600 square feet at 37 Cooper Street (at Cooper and Monroe) in Memphis, TN.
“At Hattiloo we believe that understanding and valuing cultural diversity are the keys to countering racism,” said Bandele. “All individuals must feel free to explore the uniqueness of their culture and identity while developing understandings of the cultural diversity that exists in the world around them. Hattiloo has become a home for actors and actresses to just that.”
For more information on additional performances for the grand opening, please visit http://www.hattiloo.org/