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 black lives.
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: The mission of The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City is two-fold: first, to give voice to neglected and new works of the African-American experience in the American Theatre Canon. Secondly, to engage youth of the urban core in the theatre arts and through mentorship, internship, and scholarship.
In Their Own Words is presented by The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City and is a collection of poems, prose, short stories and plays penned by the students of Ruskin High School and Hickman 9th Grade Center as a part of the RiSE – Repertory in School Empowerment – program. Come hear these students discuss Life, Sexuality and Racial Identity through their unique perspective. Facilitator Shawna Downing and educators Kelly Michale and Brent Nanny, along with Artistic Director Damron Russel Armstrong, join with a team of artist-educators to bring this show to the stage.
DATES: July 22 through July 29, 2017
LOCATION: The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
TICKETS: Available through KC Fringe at kc-fringe.ticketleap.com/in-their-own-words/