In 1940 writer Abram Hill and actor Frederick O’Neal gathered 10 of their friends and founded the American Negro Theatre (ANT), a group and community space whose purpose was to promote and support black theater. The organization produced 19 plays within Harlem's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture before closing in 1949. Additionally, in 1942 ANT began a studio training program for new actors. Graduates of this program include Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier. To honor the 75th anniversary of the ANT’s founding, the Schomburg Center will host a yearlong exhibition of photographs, posters, news clippings and playbills from its history and collection, many of them featuring famous faces like aforementioned Belafonte and Poitier, along with Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis and Lofton Mitchell. For more information, visit nypl.org.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd.New York, NY 10037