Celebrating Over 20 Years Of Excellence In Black TheatreFor twenty years Robey has been dedicated to enriching, entertaining and exposing our community to a superior theatre experience.
– Bennet Guillory, Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director
Company incorporated and receives non-profit tax-exempt status.
Eighteen classic plays are read featuring celebrity actors & guest directors.
Souls On Fire by Patrick Sheane Duncan.
Co-productions with East West Players (Danny Glover and Nobu McCarthy in Philip Kan Gotanda’s Yohen) and with Elephant Industries for Tom Gibbons’Bee-Luther-Hatchee.
Weekly Saturday Writers Lab was launched.
Pt. 1 of Levy Lee Simon’s Haitian Trilogy – “For The Love of Freedom is produced by (Toussaint) with The Greenway Court Arts Alliance. Ten NAACP Theatre Nominations; three awards – Directing, Ensemble Acting, Costume Design. Christopher Moore’s The Last Season with Chicago’s Legacy Productions (directed by Legacy’s co-founder, Harry Lennix)
Discovered Voices – an evening of readings of scenes from new plays.
Part 1 & 2 of the Haitian Trilogy was produced.
Tom Gibbon’s Permanent Collection co-produced by Greenway Alliance is invited to launch CTG’s outreach efforts for their then new Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Robey accepts invite to join Los Angeles Theatre Center Cultural Roundtable– Face of LA partnership in Downtown LA Medley of One Acts introduced.
Gibbons’ A House With No Walls @ LATC.
Bronzeville commissioned; world premiere introduces work about the Japanese American WWII experience as seen through the eyes of a black family living in LA’s Little Tokyo as the community goes bronze. Joseph A. Walker’s play The River Niger is produced.
Robey introduces three emerging playwrights and work developed under direction of playwriting instructor Aaron Henne and Dramaturg Dylan Southard (Transitions by Kellie Dantzler; The Emperor’s Last Performance by Melvin Ishmael Johnson; and The Reckoning by Kimba Henderson. Transitions headlined that year’s NAAACP Theatre Festival and is performed at the biennial Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC.
Camp Logan by Celeste Bedford Walker and Pity the Proud Ones by Robey playwrights Lab writer Kurt Maxey; Robey takes Bronzeville to the National Historic Site in Inyo County-Manzanar; performances for five Middle & High Schools along I-395. Lesson Plans and Teachers Discovery Guide are revised, expanded and re-printed.
The Nacirema Society…by Pearl Cleage is read, Jasmine Guy stars and directs; Philip Yordan’s Anna Lucasta is produced.
Bronzeville is reprised. Reading at The Accelerated School (TAS 116 E. MLK, Jr. Blvd) launches summer festival of jazz; history and reflection. 742 Middle & High School charter school students see live theatre, some for first time. Robey productions during 2012 are nominated for seventeen NAACP Theatre Awards. Reading Front Porch Society by Melda Beaty directed by Adleade Hunter.
Robey presented Camp Logan and Sassy Mamas both by Celeste Bedford Walker. Knock me a Kiss by Charles Smith. Weekends in Leimert featuring performances by Street Corner Renaissance, Testimony of a Negro by Maurice Kitchen, and Robey artists. Reading of Uncanny Valley by Thomas Gibbons, directed by Ben Guillory with Vanessa Bell Calloway and Jeff Manabat. 1st Inaugural Paul Robeson Theatre Festival. World premiere of the Robey commissioned play The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel by Levy Lee Simon with 29 sold out shows!
…DUNBAR @ The National Black Theatre Festival-Aug 4th & 5th (Wake Forest Campus Mainstage Theatre). Robey (the nickname Paul Robeson’s friends gave him) reflects a commitment to celebrating universal struggles that define human existence. Robey explores those truths from the vantage point of the Black experience. It’s impossible to tell our stories without embracing the social and political forces that shape choices and consequences. We embrace that responsibility and encourage understanding or at least conversation about the events that are revealed onstage.