Festival Facts 2017-01-30T19:29:01+00:00

FAQ/Festival Facts

Picture1The National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF) is the international outreach program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NCBRC), Winston-Salem, NC. The Festival was founded in 1989 by the Late Larry Leon Hamlin and is produced by the North Carolina Black Repertory Company.

When is the Festival?
• The National Black Theatre Festival will take place in Winston-Salem, North Carolina from Monday, July 31-Saturday, August 5, 2017.

What is the Opening Night Gala? How much does it cost? What does it include?

  • The Opening Night Gala is a star-studded black-tie international formal event held at The Benton Convention Center (301 West 5th Street) on Monday, July 31, 2017.
  • Gala tickets are $265.00(entertainment tax is included in ticket price) per person or $2,650.00 for a table seating of 10.
  • The Opening Night Gala includes:

5:30PM:  Awards banquet and dinner.

6:30PM:  Celebrity Co-Chairs will lead a royal processional.

9:00PM:  Opening Night Performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Stevens Center.

10:30PM: Celebrity Reception at Marriott Hotel. Save ticket stubs for admittance

Are tickets available for the Opening Night Performance ONLY?

  • Yes, tickets are available for the Opening Night Performance only.(seating available in balcony)
  • The tickets are $100.00 (Entertainment tax included).
  • The Opening Night Performance begins at 9:00pm.


What are the Productions?

  • Theatrical Productions – Approximately 120 performances are held during the six-day event.  A dynamic collection of new works and Black classics are performed by professional Black theatre companies from around the world. Collegiate theatre is also represented through the Festival’s Fringe component. The shows are presented at multiple venues throughout the City of Arts and Innovation, Winston-Salem., North Carolina.
  • General admission tickets generally range from $9-$50 (Entertainment tax included).  Tickets may be purchased online, by mail, and at the NBTF office.  They may also be purchased during the week of the Festival at the Benton Convention Center and at production venues.
  • Call (336) 723-2266 for group rate requests.
  • Tickets will be available June 5-August 5, 2017.

How can I purchase tickets?

  • www.nbtf.org –The cutoff date for online will call tickets is July 24, 2017.
  • By phone – (336)723-7907
  •  NCBRC Office – 610 Coliseum Drive Winston-Salem, NC  27106
  • Tickets are available June 5 – August 5, 2017 (In person).  
  • Tickets will be available at the NCBRC Office during the week of the festival between the hours of 9:00am—4:00pm.  You can also purchase tickets at The Benton Convention Center (301 West 5th Street) between the hours of 9:00am-4:00pm.  Tickets may be purchased at the venues one hour prior to the performance depending on the availability.  

What are Box Office hours?
• The NBTF Box Office will be open at 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem, NC from 10:00am -5:00pm Monday through Friday; 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturdays starting July 10, 2017.

Where should I pick up my Will-Call Tickets in advance?
• During the week of the festival, all Will-Call Tickets may be picked up between 9:00am – 8:00pm at the M. C. Benton Convention Center.

What are your Free Activities?

  • Readers’ Theatre of New Works – A showcase of original works written and read by renowned and aspiring artists for an audience of theatre professionals and the general public. There is no admission fee for this Festival component.
  • Youth/Celebrity Project – Children interact with celebrities and theatre professionals, attend age appropriate productions, and have the opportunity to perform.
  • TeenTastic (Collaborative Youth Initiative) – Focuses on providing teens ages 13-17 with Marvtastic experiences developed to capture the talent and creativity of this generation and motivate them to excel in their areas of interest.
  • Workshops and seminars facilitated by celebrities, academicians, and theatre professionals. Check information desks for workshop schedules.
  • National Black Film Fest – This is a showcase of work from independent filmmakers.
  • International Vendors Market – This is the place to be when the shows are over. Join vendors representing all corners of the globe juxtaposed with sponsor booths.  Live entertainment adds to personal shopping pleasure. The Vendors Market will be open August 5 – August 8 at the Benton Convention Center.   For more information, contact Vendor Coordinator, Rhonda Caldwell at (704) 332-5819.
  • The Collegiate OneAct Play Reading Marathon, coordinated by North Carolina Central University’s Department of Theatre and hosted by The National Black Theatre Festival®, aims to acknowledge and foster student playwrights through the recognition and exposure of their dramatic works.

*       International Colloquium – This is a collaborative effort between NBTF, Winston-Salem State University and the Black Theatre Network.  The Black Theatre: Reflections of Citizenship, Access, Freedom and Criminal Justice is the theme for 2017.  The four-day forum (August 1 – August 4) is facilitated by international theatre professionals and academicians.

Where is the nearest airport?
Piedmont Triad International (GSO) – located approximately 17 miles from downtown Winston-Salem.

Are there other airports in the area?
Charlotte International Airport (CLT) – located approximately 86 miles from downtown Winston-Salem.
Raleigh/Durham (RDU) – located approximately 93 miles from downtown Winston-Salem.

Where is the nearest Amtrak train station?
• High Point, NC. The Amtrak Service located approximately 24 miles from downtown Winston-Salem.  Amtrak Service has free shuttle service that transports to Winston-Salem from High Point.

Does the NBTF provide transportation from the Airport to NBTF Hotels?
• No, however the airport provides shuttles to hotels. Contact your hotel for this request.

Is there transportation from the hotels to the performances?
• Yes, transportation will be available to theatre venues from designated Festival hotels August 1 – 5, 2017. Bus schedules will be available at NBTF Hotel lobbies.
• There is no cost for this transportation.

Are there any volunteer opportunities available?
• Yes the NBTF utilizes over 1,500 volunteers. Go to www.NBTF.org after April 1st to register online as a volunteer.

When will a Schedule of Events be available?
• The schedule will be posted on June 5, 2017.

What are the official NBTF hotels?
• A list of NBTF hotels can be found in the sidebar of the site and by clicking here.

Where is the NBTF office?
• The National Black Theatre Festival® office is located at 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. It is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm (EST), and will be open on Saturdays starting July 10, 2017 from 10:00 am – 2:00pm. For all other times, please call our office.