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Howard University Theatre Department


Howard University's Department of Theatre Arts is an internationally acclaimed leader and producer of artistic merit. It has consistently provided a nurturing environment for its students, many of whom have become prominent artists in stage, film and television. The Department continues to present a rich mix of high quality theatre productions to the greater Washington community. Each season the Department of Theatre Arts presents classical as well as contemporary plays in its two-theatre complex. These plays offer not only entertainment, but also a forum for ideas and discussion. In response to the challenges posed by the ever-changing relationship of theatre arts to the contemporary world, the Department has embarked on an exciting and ambitious period of development and experimentation. The Department of Theatre Arts will continue to offer our community dynamic productions where excellence is the minimum standard for success. We invite you to join us as we move to electrify the future and forge new tracks.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/21/2016: Sarafina!

The Howard University Department of Theater Arts and NEWorks Productions present a production of Sarafina! Through story and song, Sarafina! follows students from Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto as their focus grows beyond the issue of Afrikaans to encompass every aspect of the black political struggle. Directed by Eric Ruffin with choreography by Jakari Sherman, the book, music, and lyrics are by Mbongeni Ngema and arranged by Mbongeni Ngema and Hugh Masekela. This performance is part of the James A. Johnson Young Artist Series, made possible by Target. 

This program contains mature themes and strong language.

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two (2) tickets per person.

Note: this program will not be streamed live or archived.

Video 9/15/2013: FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963

Project1Voice and Howard University—in cooperation with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, African Continuum Theatre Company, and the Kennedy Center—present a staged reading of the play written by playwright Christina Ham and directed by Tony®-winning actress Phylicia Rashad, with original music and arrangements by Kathryn Bostic. The reading commemorates the 50th anniversary of the bombing that took the lives of four young girls at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Stay after the reading for a post-performance discussion. Free tickets for reserved seating will be distributed, 2 per person in line, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Hall of States.

Howard University Theatre Department