The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City (BRTKC) is a not-for-profit organization designed to impact the Kansas City community. This production company will utilize theatre productions, internships, and scholarships to build programs that showcase the contributions made by minorities in our neighborhoods and communities. Each production will be tasked to give life to the neglected stories, virtually untold in American theatres. In an effort to bridge the gap between the rich realities of black experiences and the incomplete depiction displayed in most media outlets, BRTKC will tell the tales of the unsung.
BRTKC recognizes that only through shared experiences and true depictions can we come together as one strong community. Both the lack of stories told via minority perspectives and the presence of minorities in Kansas City theatre are what gave birth to this company. Theatre is often the home base for those who are frequently marginalized, yet for blacks this is hardly the case. Without these stories, theatre is incomplete – missing huge portions of truth. BRTKC knows that understanding comes from mutual experiences, and through these productions the entire community can appreciate and participate in the success and losses, happiness and sorrow, and fears and triumphs within the lives of African Americans.
The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City equally focuses on education and the inclusion of black youths in theatre. BRTKC plans to take educational programs throughout the Kansas City Metro area schools – implementing scholarships, internships, and mentorships. BRTKC hopes to inspire students and youths by helping them to see all the choices and opportunities found within theatre and beyond.
Mission Statement: To shine a spotlight on the contributions and give voice to neglected and new works of the African-Americans in the American Theatre Cannon. To engage the youth of the urban core through Theatre Arts, Playwriting, Internship and Scholarship.
Damron Russel Armstrong
Damron Russel Armstrong is a director/actor who spent his formative years right here in Kansas City. He has worked on most of the stages Kansas City has to offer. He’s been a familiar fixture at Unicorn Theatre, The Coterie Theatre, Theatre for Young America, The American Heartland Theatre, The Living Room Theatre, Chestnut Fine Arts Center, New Theatre Restaurant, and Kansas City Actors Theatre.
After graduating from Ruskin High School, Damron sought to further his education in New York, where he received the best education of life. The practical application of that knowledge is working on the professional stage. He has performed nationally in A Raisin in the Sun (Arizona Theatre Co.); The Full Monty (Show Palace, FL); Children of Eden (Papermill Playhouse NJ); and Dreamgirls (The Palace, NH) – just to name a few. As a director, his credits also range from local to international, including Three Guy Naked from the Waist Down…A Comedy (TANSTAAFL, KC); Assassins (The Barn, KS); and Red Hot and Jazz (Piza Festival, Guatemala).
Embarking on this new adventure in his career as Executive Artistic Director of The Black Repertory Theatre is met with joy and excitement. The idea of giving back to his community is the reason for this journey. “I hope you will join us on this adventure!”
Willard Snyder – Vice President
Kenneth Powell – Treasurer
S. Sloane Simmons