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The Black Rep is the nation’s largest, professional African-American theatre company. The company was established in 1976 by Ron Himes, then a student at Washington University in St. Louis, as the Phoenix Theatre Troupe.


The mission of The Black Rep is to provide platforms for theatre, dance and other creative expressions from the African-American perspective that heighten the social and cultural awareness of its audiences.


The Black Rep is the country’s premier African-American theatre, providing platforms for acting and interpretation of theatre from the African-American perspective for audiences across the nation.


The Black Rep receives sustaining support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Arts Council, Regional Arts Commission, and the Arts and Education Council.