Cincinnati Black Theatre Company

Cincinnati Black Theatre Company is growings its "wings"!

Help us complete renovations for a safe place where children can learn how to sing, dance and act!

Children should dream with their eyes open...

After 8 years in our former location, CBTC is finally moving to a space we can call our own..but this old building needs some major work. Your donations will go directly to the renovations of our future home - walls, HVAC, dance studio and more. Donations of any amount [$10 - $100 - $1,000 - $10,000 or anywhere in between] are greatly appreciated! Donors will receive print recognition during this upcoming season.

Since our founding, we have worked with partners and rented space to support our performances, rehearsals and teaching mission. As we look to the future growth and needs of our organization, we need a permanent home: a rehearsal space, a teaching space and a formal studio for our programs.

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WE ARE (CBTC) Cincinnati Black Theatre Co.
NOTE: The National Center for Education Statistics Report and Diplomas Count 2010 found an appalling 55.5% high school graduation rate for African American public school students in Ohio. African American students involved in Imagine That! Arts & Education Program activities have a graduation rate of OVER 98%!

CBTC’s mission to “keep alive the spirit of African American theatre” is especially important given that the African American population in the City of Cincinnati borders on 50%. There are over 100 theatre companies – community and professional – throughout Greater Cincinnati, and over 10 colleges and universities that offer a curriculum in theatre.

  • CBTC is the only one that provides instruction, training, performance, production and employment opportunities to adults and children in a variety of arts disciplines with a focus on African American theatre.
  • CBTC is the only minority-run, grassroots arts organization in Greater Cincinnati whose programming is designed to heighten the public’s awareness and stimulate interest in all forms of African American theater, literature, art, cultural heritage and history.
  • CBTC serves children and adults from diverse populations, the majority being a broad cross-section of African Americans, with an educational focus on disadvantaged youth, ages 4 - 21, in high poverty neighborhoods.


We have undertaken a $130,000 studio renovation project to provide a formal foundation for our Company, its mission and our service to the community. The successful completion of this project will provide us our “wings.”

Support for this project has already been amazing—we have raised $55,000 in contributions and many thousands of hours of volunteer support—but we still need $75,000 to finish and open the studio.



Theatrical Performance Series: main stage plays and musical theatre productions predominantly by and about African Americans. CBTC has presented over 101 productions with over 530 performances to more than 75,000 audience members in a variety of venues in Greater Cincinnati and the Tri-State Region.

Imagine That! Arts & Education Program: provides literacy-based arts education Saturday Classes, Summer Performing Arts Camp, After School Programs, and a Children’s Theatre Company that offers performance and production opportunities year round for children.

Arts in Health Program: a collaborative initiative to improve the health, safety and well-being of the children and families we serve. CBTC has created and performs compelling, original short plays that focus on serious issues facing the general public and the African American population in particular. CBTC delivers the Kick Obesity and Seat Belt Safety projects to diverse audiences at community centers, local events and faith-based organizations.

Community Outreach and Collaborations: We believe collaborating with other local, regional, and national arts and non-arts organizations helps engage entire communities, increase public value, and bring a wide and diverse audience to our shows and activities.


You are more than amazing for the blessing of your time and donations. If you cannot financially contribute (or even if you do), please help us spread the word! A lot of people making small contributions, is still a lot of money! Share this on social media using #HelpCBTC

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Audreen Robinson
Campaign Administrator
Don Sherman
Executive Director
Valerie Williams
Office Manager

Help us grow our wings!

I/we will give a tax-deductible gift to support CBTC’s studio renovation!

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