In 2008, Scarecrow Press published Historical Dictionary of African American Theatre (HDAAT) by Dr. Anthony D. Hill with Douglas Q. Barnett that celebrated nearly 200 years of black theater in the United States. It identified representative African American theater-producing organizations, playwrights, actors, and directors across the country; and chronicled their contributions to the field, from its birth in 1816 to the present.
It will consist of 25% new material; basically it will be an update (from 2006 to the present) of the chronology, introduction, bibliography and dictionary entries. The previous dictionary entries will be revised or deleted as needed with a number of new entries added making up the most expanded section of the book.
A more affordable paperback version of the first edition may be purchased under the title The A to Z of African American Theatre.
. . .a dictionary . . . that spans from A to Z - display(s) a thorough knowledge of who's who in black theatre, going as far back as the African Grove Theatre's founder William Alexander Brown in the 1820's and moving forward to the present."
. . . African American theatre does not have a very long history . . . but it certainly has more than can be found anywhere else with the insight of insiders."
If you have an entry in the 1st edition of HDAAT and want to update it, or want to submit a new entry for this second edition, identify and click the appropriate link (playwrights, actors,Theater- producing organizations, and directors) to find
out what information is needed on an entry. Entries from design technicians (lighting, set, costumes, and sound) and Historical Black Colleges and Universities are also encouraged.
You can also send your entry by mail to:
Hill Enterprises, P.O. Box 28993, Seattle, WA 98118-9998