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Young Voices of Protest at WFU

Jackie Alexander directs Young Voices of Protest at WFU

Young Voices of Protest, conceived and directed by Jackie Alexander, will begin streaming Friday October 30, 2020 at 7:30pm. The project is a collection of monologues written and performed by Wake Forest University students voicing their views on issues ranging from societal ills to personal challenges.  For more info please visit: wfu.edu.

NC Black Rep/App State Present
The Resurrection of Alice

Jackie Alexander Directs The Resurrection of Alice

The North Carolina Black Repertory Company, in association with Appalachian State University, will present a virtual production of Perri Gaffney’s The Resurrection of Alice, directed by Jackie Alexander, on Thursday October 29, 2020 at 8pm.  The screening is free, but registration is required at: The Schaefer Center.

App Summer Festival Online Profiles Jackie Alexander

An Appalachian Summer Festival Online Profiles Jackie Alexander

Ray Miller, Professor of Dance Studies and Theatre Arts, Appalachian State University, sits down for an informal and compelling chat with North Carolina Black Repertory Company Artistic Director Jackie Alexander as the award-winning playwright-director talks about the history of the acclaimed company and the importance of sharing the black experience on the stage.

This event aired at 7pm on Friday July 17, 2020; a recording can be viewed at: An Appalachian Festival Online.

Holy Ground Artist Spotlight: Jackie Alexander

Holy Ground Artist Spotlight: Jackie Alexander

Thanks to everyone who tuned in on Monday June 1, 2020 for NC Black Rep’s Holy Ground Artist Spotlight profiling Jackie Alexander’s career as a writer, producer, and director. Special thanks to WXII 12 News Anchor Wanda Starke for a great conversation and actress Carra Patterson for a truly moving performance. If you missed the live stream, you can watch a recording of the event here: Holy Ground Artist Spotlight.

Digging for Weldon Irvine Documentary

Jackie Alexander Featured in Digging for Weldon Irvine

Jackie Alexander is featured in director Victorious DeCosta’s award-winning documentary Digging for Weldon Irvine. The film examines the life and legacy of jazz great and social activist Weldon Irvine, a man who played a pivotal role in Alexander’s artistic journey. For more information on the film, please visit: weldonirvinefilm.com.

The Southeaster Theatre Conference Honors NC Black Rep at 2020 conference.

SETC Honors NC Black Rep at 2020 Conference, Jackie Alexander to Deliver Keynote Address

The Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) will honor the North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NC Black Rep) with their Distinguished Career Award at their 71st annual conference on February 29, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky.  NC Black Rep Artistic Director Jackie Alexander will deliver the keynote address at the conference. SETC is a nonprofit membership organization reaching out across 10 states in the southeast region of the United States. With over 4500 individual members and 479 organizational members, SETC represents the strongest and broadest network of theatre practitioners in the United States.

Playwright Nambi Kelley, Broadway producers Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey, & Theatre Hall of Fame member Woodie King, Jr. celebrate with Jackie Alexander at the 2020 TCG Gala.

TCG Honors NBTF at 2020 Gala

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) honored the National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF), which is produced by the North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NC Black Rep), alongside playwright David Henry Hwang at their 2020 Gala. The ceremony was held on Monday February 3, 2020 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. NBTF Executive Producer Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin and Artistic Director Jackie Alexander accepted the award on behalf of NC Black Rep. TCG is a non-profit service organization that promotes professional non-profit theatre. With over 700 member theatres, TCG is the largest organization of its kind in the country.

Jelly’s Last Jam at the 2019 NBTF

Jelly’s Last Jam Becomes the Biggest Grossing Show in NBTF History

Jackie Alexander’s direction of NC Black Rep’s production of Jelly’s Last Jam at the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) has become the biggest grossing show in the history of the thirty year event.  The production, which ran at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem from July 29-August 3, 2019, also served as a reunion of sorts for the Broadway production with original cast members Keith David (Chimney Man), Tonya Pinkins (Sweet Anita), Savion Glover (Young Jelly), and Stanley Wayne Mathis (Jack The Bear) all in attendance on opening night. Mathis was also featured in NC Black Rep’s production, returning to the show this time around at Chimney Man.

2019 North Carolina Theatre Conference Producer Gathering

Jackie Alexander to Deliver Keynote Address at 2019 NCTC Producer Gathering

NC Black Rep Artistic Director Jackie Alexander will deliver the keynote address to kick-off the 2019 North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) Producer Gathering at Triad Stage in Greensboro, North Carolina at 9am on Monday July 22, 2019. For more information please visit: NCTC.

Plenty of Time at An Appalachian Festival

Plenty of Time at An Appalachian Festival

NC Black Rep’s production of Plenty of Time will be featured at the 2019 An Appalachian Festival. The performance will take place on Sunday 7, 2019 at 7pm at the Valborg Theatre in Boone, North Carolina. The play stars Suzette Azariah Gunn and NC Black Rep Artistic Director Jackie Alexander. For more information please visit: An Appalachian Festival.

2019 TCG National Conference

Jackie Alexander Represents BVC at 2019 TCG National Conference

NC Black Rep Artistic Director Jackie Alexander and Dr. Monica White Ndounou will represent the Black Theatre Vitality Commission at the 2019 Theatre Communications Group (TCG) Conference in Miami, Florida June 5-7, 2019. For more information please visit: https://circle.tcg.org/tcg19/home?ssopc=1.

Plenty of Time at NC Black Rep

Jackie Alexander Directs/Co-Stars in Plenty of Time at NC Black Rep

NC Black Rep Artistic Director Jackie Alexander directs and co-stars in John Shevin Foster’s hit play Plenty of Time at Hanebrands Theatre March 21-24, 2019. Check out this great review in the Winston Salem Journal.

Closing Procession of the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival

American Theatre Magazine Interviews Jackie Alexander for a Sneak Preview of the 2019 NBTF

NC Black Rep Artistic Director Jackie Alexander was interviewed by American Theatre Magazine to get a sneak preview of the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival. Check out the full article on AmericanTheatre.org.

Jackie Alexander announcing NC Black Rep’s 2018-2019 Season

Jackie Alexander Honored by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

NC Black Rep Artistic Director Jackie Alexander was honored on February 14, 2019 by Governor Roy Cooper and first lady Kristin Cooper at a reception in the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, North Carolina. “Black History Month is a time to reflect on the deep contributions made by African-Americans to the life and culture of our state and our nation,” Cooper said. “This year, we will recognize African-American artists, musicians and writers with ties to North Carolina whose work has enriched our lives and expanded our understanding.” Alexander was recognized for his theatrical contributions to the state.

2018 International Black Theatre Summit

Jackie Alexander to be Guest Speaker at 2018 International Black Theatre Summit

Director Jackie Alexander will be a guest speaker at the 2018 International Black Theatre Summit: Breaking New Ground Where We Stand at Dartmouth College, September 26-29, 2018. The Summit is a reconvening and commemoration of August Wilson’s legendary Black Theatre Summit “On Golden Pond,” which took place at Dartmouth in 1998 during the famous playwright’s residency as a Montgomery Fellow, visiting artist, and guest lecturer for the College. Twenty years down the road, the Summit will capitalize on new links between theatre, film, television, and related media platforms.

BTN Honors Jackie Alexander

BTN Honors Jackie Alexander with the Presidential Pathfinder Award

The Black Theatre Network (BTN) honored Jackie Alexander with the Presidential Pathfinder Award at its yearly conference in Memphis, Tennessee on Sunday July 29, 2018.  The award is presented to an artist or an institution that illuminates a path to innovations and new concepts in Black Theatre. For more information on BTN, please visit www.blacktheatrenetwork.org.

NC Black Rep Commissions New Play

Jackie Alexander Will Direct New Play Commissioned by NC Black Rep on the Life of Dr. Maya Angelou

The North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NC Black Rep) is proud to announce a commissioned work on the life of Dr. Maya Angelou by Nambi E. Kelley for its 2019-2020 Season. The play, tentatively titled Maya, will be directed by NC Black Rep’s Artistic Director Jackie Alexander. Press release available at BroadwayWorld.com.

Buster Neal at An Appalachian Summer Festival

Buster Neal at An Appalachian Summer Festival

Jackie Alexander’s hit play The Legend of Buster Neal will have two performances at An Appalachian Summer Festival on Friday June 20, 2018 at 2 & 8pm.  For info and tickets please visit: An Appalachian Summer Festival.

Le Petit Theatre AD Maxwell Williams, Director Jackie Alexander, and Actor Damien Moses

Jelly’s Last Jam Takes Home 5 Big Easy Awards

Le Petit Theatre’s production of Jelly’s Last Jam, directed by Jackie Alexander, took home 5 awards, including Best Musical, at the 2018 Gambit Big Easy Awards. The ceremony was held on Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Legend of Buster Neal

Buster Neal in Charlotte and Winston-Salem

Jackie Alexander’s hit play The Legend of Buster Neal is set for theatres in Charlotte and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The play will be performed at the Booth Theatre in Charlotte on October 13 and October 14, and then move to the Arts Council Theatre in Winston Salem October 19 through October 29. For tix and info in Charlotte, please visit The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, and in Winston-Salem please visit NC Black Rep.

NC Black Rep AD Jackie Alexander

Video Profile of NC Black Rep AD Jackie Alexander

Check out this video profile of North Carolina Black Repertory Company’s Artistic Director Jackie Alexander. Video by Billy Rich.

American Theatre

NBTF & Jackie Alexander in American Theatre

Check out this great article in American Theatre on The National Black Theatre Festival and Jackie Alexander’s first year as Artistic Director at NC Black Rep.

National Black Theatre Festival

2017 National Black Theatre Festival

All roads lead to Winston-Salem, North Carolina for the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival; Monday July 31 through Saturday August 5, 2017. Join Artistic Director Jackie Alexander on “Black Theatre Holy Ground” for his debut festival. For tickets and information please visit www.nbtf.org

An Appalachian Festival

Maid’s Door at An Appalachian Festival

Don’t miss Maid’s Door, written by Cheryl Davis and directed by Jackie Alexander, at An Appalachian Festival. Performances are Thursday July 13 and Friday July 14, 2017. For information and tickets please visit An Appalachian Festival.

Maid’s Door at NC Black Rep

Maid’s Door at NC Black Rep

The North Carolina Black Repertory Company presents Maid’s Door, written by Cheryl L. Davis and directed by Jackie Alexander May 18-21, 2017 at Hanesbrands Theatre.  For tickets and information, please visit www.ncblackrep.org. And check out this great review from the Winston Salem Journal.

Right Reverend Dupree at NC Black Rep

The Right Reverend Dupree at NC Black Rep

The North Carolina Black Repertory Company presentsThe Right Reverend Dupree in Exile, written and directed by Jackie Alexander March 3-12, 2017; Jackie Alexander will also direct the production.  For tickets and information, please visit www.ncblackrep.org. And check out this review by the Winston Salem Journal.

Jelly’s Last Jam at Le Petit

Jelly’s Last Jam at Le Petit

Jackie Alexander directs the New Orleans premiere of Jelly’s Last Jam at Le Petit Theatre in NOLA, January 27-February 12, 2017.  Check out the show’s glowing reviews: “Stellar…not to be missed.”-Nola.com“, “Spectacular.”-New Orleans Advocate,   For tickets and information, please visit Le Petit Theatre.

The Sting of White Roses World Premiere

The Sting of White Roses World Premiere

Jackie Alexander helms the world premiere of Angelica Cheri’s The Sting of White Roses at NC Black Rep, October 7-16, 2016.  Check out the Winston-Salem Journal’s review.

NC Black Rep Appoints Jackie Alexander as New AD

NC Black Rep Appoints Jackie Alexander as New AD

The North Carolina Black Repertory Company’s Board of Directors announce the appointment of award-winning director, playwright, actor, and novelist Jackie Alexander as the Company’s new Artistic Director.  For full press release, please visit Broadwayworld.com.

The High Priestess in NOLA

The High Priestess in NOLA

New Orleans’ most historic playhouse, Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré, will kick off its 100th anniversary celebration with Jackie Alexander’s The High Priestess of Dark Alley, July 7 through July 24, 2016. For tickets and information, please visit Le Petit Theatre.  Check out reviews by Gambit and the Times Picayune.