Please note that the 17th biennial National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) has been postponed until August 2022.

The effects of the global pandemic make it impossible to present a festival of the caliber that our audiences have come to expect.

The planning committee will continue ongoing preparations for next summer’s festival. We look forward to seeing everyone for another marvtastic theatrical experience. We’re saving a seat just for you in 2022.

-North Carolina Black Repertory Company

*If you made individual reservations for the originally slated 2021 event, please contact your hotel. For group room block reservation questions, please contact Kay Calzolari, CTIS at 336.728.4237 or via email:

NBTF rolls out the purple carpet in Winston-Salem, transforming North Carolina’s city of arts and innovation into a mega-performing arts center with over 130 performances in a number of the city’s venues. Theatre workshops, films, seminars, a teen poetry slam, and a star-studded celebrity gala all work together to accomplish the goal of making the National Black Theatre Festivals one of the best theater festivals in the country.

Details for the 2022 festival are forthcoming. Thousands traditionally flock to Winston-Salem to experience some of the best talent in theatre, so you do not want to miss out.


Check out a special promotional trailer for the NBTF documentary film, “Holy Ground.”