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Hattiloo Theatre

Contact Name: Lawrence Blackwell


37 South Cooper St.
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
United States
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Phone: (901) 502-3486

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Hattiloo Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Black repertory theatre company founded in 2006. Hattiloo highlights plays written by or about African-Americans, ranging from classic American works such as ‘Fences’, by three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, August Wilson, to contemporary plays with poignant social relevance such as ‘Hurt Village’ by native Memphian, Katori Hall. The theatre’s seasons are designed to showcase the complexity and diversity of the Black experience for multicultural audiences. Beyond the stage, Hattiloo invests heavily in programs that educate and engage the community at-large, such as panel discussions and seminars, as well as regularly staging free, live theatre in neighborhoods across the city, and providing free and low-cost youth programing year-round. Hattiloo regularly collaborates with an array of local artists, arts groups, non-profits, civic organizations, and businesses that share an interest in staging performances and operating programs that are meaningful and educational, as well as entertaining. Hattiloo’s mission is to develop a Black theatre that is accessible to, relevant to, and reflective a multicultural community.

Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Harlem Renaissance Performance - Dragon’s Tooth

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

This is a two-week performance intensive that involves increasing knowledge about the Harlem Renaissance, the importance of black theatre arts during that era and the value it has today. The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural, social and artistic period comprised of prominent black scholars. Students will work on a specific play from the Harlem Renaissance that will result in a culminating performance. Students will receive specific lessons on verbal communication, physical training, and performance etiquette. Most of our training is centered around the Stanislavski’s method and encourages actors to use emotional memory, dramatic and self-analysis.

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Program Title: Hattiloo's Design Workshop

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

Hattiloo’s Two Week Design Intensive was created to increase the
knowledge of stage craft, including costume, set, lighting and
sound design to the artists of tomorrow. Students will begin with
learning theatre terms relating to the technical side of theatre.
Hattiloo’s environment is perfect for new students to learn about this
because of Hattiloo’s community engagement. productions process with
professional artists that have experience in all aspects. Students
will learn how these artists collaborate and use those same techniques
to prepare a mock showcase.

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Program Title: Harlem Renaissance Poetry and Movement Workshop

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Hattiloo’s Harlem Renaissance Poetry and Movement workshop introduces students to the cultural and social works of Blacks in dance and poetry during the 1920’s and 30’s, directs the scholars through critical examinations of these works, and guides the artists in creating performance pieces consisting of classical and original works.

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