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Throwback: National Black Theatre Festival Photo with Larry Leon and Amiri Baraka

me and larry and Amiri

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Harlem: Kudos to 7th Annual TEER Spirit Awards Celebration

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The Seventh Annual TEER Spirit Awards honors and recognizes individuals within the community that exemplify the attributes of three pioneers within National Black Theatre’s history: Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, NBT’s Founding Visionary, Adetunde Samuel, a charismatic producer who headed NBT’s award winning Theatre Arts Program, and Fredrica L. Teer, an institution builder who conceived and organized the foundation that made the idea of National Black Theatre a reality. Outside of these awards, National Black Theatre honors a Pioneer in the field of Black Theatre and gives Special Recognition to individuals for outstanding contributions to their community. The Teer Spirit Awards was inaugurated in 2008 after the passing of Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, the founder of the National Black Theatre. June 18th is the birth date of Dr. Barbara Ann Teer and is called Founder’s Day.

HONORING:
Honorable Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye
[DR. BARBARA ANN TEER SPIRIT AWARD}

Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, Roberta Uno
[FREDRICA L. TEER AWARD]

Carmen De Lavallade, Rosalba Rolón, Sydne Mahone
[PIONEER AWARD]

Kwame Kwei-Armah, Kamilah Forbes
[ADETUNDE SAMUEL AWARD]

Dominique Morisseau
[TRAILBLAZER]

HOST:
Russel G. Jones

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:
Rain Pryor
NSangou Njikam
Bert Price

Celebrating 47 Years In the Harlem Community!
Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre,
Board of Directors & Honorary Host Committee includes:

Shashi Balooja⎟Sherry B. Bronfman⎟Peggy Cooper Cafritz ⎟Teresa Eyring ⎟ Ezra Ezzard⎟Claudette & Ade Faison⎟Shirley Faison⎟Ebony Ebony Noelle Golden⎟Alia Jones-Harvey⎟Omodara Hewlin & Ayodele Moore⎟Woodie King⎟Leslie Lewis⎟Michael (Adeyemi) Lythcott⎟Jill Newman , Jill Newman Productions ⎟James Reynolds⎟Jennifer Carter-Scott⎟Michele Shay⎟Mike & Lakesha Walrond⎟Michelle Wilson⎟Sankofa.org

Itz Black Theatre Announces: First Annual 2014 – 2015 High School Teacher-of-the-Year Wendell Tabb

Hillside LogophotoWendell Tabb

Who is concerned about ‘theatre-arts’ excellence in the future!

Wendall is well trained, experienced professional and exceptional person who always reaches for excellence!

He teaches at an historic high school in Durham, North Carolina. Among the school’s prestigious graduates was the Nathaniel B. White one of the first African American to attend and graduate from Duke University 50 years ago.

Today the school offers ROTC, International Baccalaureate, Business and Finance Academy, Khan Academy and Mr. Tabb the baddest brother this school year who is preparing students for professional experiences in the theatre-arts!

Wendell Tabb (Producer/Artistic Director) is a native of Louisburg,
North Carolina and has worked as Drama Director and Teacher for the past 27 years with the Hillside High School Theatre Program.

He is the founder and Artistic Director of Wendell Tabb Productions. He received his B.A. degree in Theatre Education and M.A. degree in Educational Administration from North Carolina Central University. He is a gemstone polished by Dr.s Johnny Alston and Linda Kerr Norflett!

As Drama Director, he has directed over 60 plays such as “FAME”,
“Dreamgirls”, “The Wiz”, “Bubbling Brown Sugar”, “The Captive Grace of Othello”, “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters”, “Mama, I Want to Sing”, “Hairspray”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Phantom of the Opera”.

Mr. Tabb has also directed drama workshops nationally and
internationally in Sydney, Australia, Kenya, East Africa; London,
England; Osaka, Japan; Lima, Peru; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Gambia,
West Africa; St. George’s, Bermuda; Los Angeles, California; Santa
Cruz, California; and Brooklyn, New York. As an actor, he has
appeared on the NCCU stage as West in “Two Trains Running”, David in “Tunnels”, Charles in “Heart to Heart: Ain’t Your Life Worth
Saving?”, Lou Parker in “Fascination Man’, Seth in “Joe Turner’s Come
and Gone”, and Gabriel in “Fences”. Mr. Tabb is a theatre consultant
and producer. He has produced such plays as “Black Nativity”,

“Tambourines to Glory”, “Becca”, “Cinderah”, and “The Gospel at
Colonus”, featuring Alabama State University. Mr. Tabb received the NC Regional Theatre Conference Excellence in Directing Award eight consecutive years. He is a past recipient of the C.C. Lipscomb State Best Director Award. He has served as an Arts Administration Fellow for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Tabb has received numerous educational and civic awards including 2012 City of Durham “Key to the City Award”, 2012 North Carolina Governor’s Certificate of Appreciation Award, 2012 Durham County Commissioner’s Proclamation (“Proclaiming May 19th Day in Durham County”), 2011 Triangle Tribune FATHER OF THE YEAR AWARD, 2008 Hillside High School National Alumni Service Award, 2006 James E. Shepard Sertoma Educator of the Year Award, 2005 Spirit of Hayti Legacy Keeper Award, 2005 Citizen of the Year Award, Durham Public Schools Teacher of the Year, Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, the National Council of Negro Women Excellence in Teaching Award, ABC-WTVD Jefferson “Educator of the Year” Award; and the Franklin County Arts Council “Black Living Legend Educator” Award.

Mr. Tabb is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He
is married to the former Duchess Stallings and they have one son
Emmanuel.

 Hillside High School 2014-2015 Season of Plays

Season Opener

The Broadway Hit Musical

DREAMGIRLS

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 (Grades 3- 6)

Friday, November 14th, 2014 (Middle and High Schools)

In Celebration of Black History Month

A New Multimedia Experience

The Story: African- Americans Who Have Made A Difference

Educational Matinee Series

10:30AM

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 (Grades 3-6)

Friday, February 6th, 2015 (Middle and High Schools)

Weekend Dates

February 6th – 8th, 2015

Friday 7:15pm

Saturday 3:15pm and 7:15pm

Sunday 3:15pm

Season Finale

In Celebration of Read Across America

The Fairytale Broadway Hit Musical

SHREK The Musical

Educational Matinee Series

10:30AM

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 (Grades 4 – 8)

Friday, March 20th, 2015 (Grades K – 4)

Weekend Dates

March 20th – 22nd, 2015

Friday 7:15pm

Saturday 3:15pm and 7:15pm

Sunday 3:15pm

BabatundiObba Babatunde’

Plus Students Get Introduced to Celebrities

http://www.dpsnc.net/pages/Durham_Public_Schools/News/Broadway_Stars_to_Visit_Hillsi

Obba Babatundé is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, juggling careers in film, television and stage. Babatundé recently appeared in Paramount Pictures’ The Manchurian Candidate (2004), as well as the critically acclaimed film The Notebook (2004), while continuing to star as the father on the UPN sitcom Half & Half (2002), which began its … See full bio »

This “Itz Black Theatre Magazine” First Award for
2014-2015 Theatre Arts Teacher of the Year
is in consideration that Mr Tabb has
1) attained postsecondary excellence ,
2) trained professionally in the field,
3) introduce students to high-level literary and theatre genres,
4) meet and greet celebrities to expose student to real people in the field and
5) appreciate new and innovative multimedia
We will be recognizing student, costume designers, theatre journalists and more…to do your critically important  job preparing the next generation of theatre-arts practitioners”.
The First Annual Itz Black Theatre Magazine
2014-2015 Theatre Arts Teacher of the Year
to mr. Tabb is for
him having  ”
1) attained postsecondary excellence,
2) trained professionally in the field,
3) introduce students to high-level literary and theatre genres,
4) meet and greet celebrities to expose student to real people in the fieldand
5) appreciate new and innovative multimedia
to do your critically important  job preparing the next generation of theatre-arts practitioners”.
We will honor students, costume designers, vocal stylists, theatre journalists, directors, producers, titled sponsors very soon