About Crossroads Theatre Company
Crossroads Theatre Company, recipient of the 1999 Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre in the United States, is the nation’s premiere African American theater. The American Theatre Critics Association together with the American Theatre Wing and the League of Regional Theatres and Producers presented the prestigious Tony Award® to Crossroads in recognition of its 22-year history of artistic accomplishment and excellence. Crossroads is the first African American theater to receive this honor in the 33-year history of this special award category.
Crossroads has filled an otherwise empty space on the cultural canvas of the country and the world, with a collective body of work that remains unparalleled by any other theater in the nation. Crossroads forged its vision into reality through the development, production and touring of new works from throughout the African Diaspora, and positive imaging of African American life, history and culture. These honest theatrical portrayals helped move the consciousness of the nation forward and into the twenty-first century by building bridges of understanding and veracity between people of all backgrounds in this society and the world.
Crossroads’ primary effort has been its four-play main stage season, where the many timbres of the African American experience have been given voice in full productions. Since it’s founding in 1978, Crossroads has produced over 100 works, many of which were premiere productions by the world’s leading African and African American artists. Crossroads’ world premieres include: The Colored Museum, which originated at Crossroads in 1986 and was then seen by millions on national public television when it was produced for WNETs “Great Performances,” and Spunk, both by Tony Award® winner George C. Wolfe.
The Crossroads Theatre Company is dedicated to creating and producing professional theatre of the highest standards of artistic excellence that:
- celebrates the culture, history, spirit and voices of the entire African Diaspora
- presents honest and positive portrayals of people of color from around the world
- provides a nurturing working environment for writers and artistic collaborators through supporting the commissioning, development, presentation and documentation of new scripts
- uses art to provoke and challenge a multicultural audience to a higher sense of communion
- educates audiences by creating bridges of understanding between people of all cultural backgrounds in this society and the world