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American Negro Theater

is an acrostic for ant.


The American Negro Theater was formed in Harlem on June 5, 1940 by writer Abram Hill and actor Frederick O'Neal. The group was founded by the influence of the purposes of the Negro Unit of the Federal Theatre Project in Harlem. It produced 19 plays before closing in 1949. Designed as a community theater group, performances were held in Harlem's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 1942, ANT began its Studio Theatre training program for beginning actors. Graduates include Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte.

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Google previewThe Encyclopedia of New York City (2010)

Second Edition by Kenneth T. Jackson, Lisa Keller, Nancy Flood

The American Negro Theater was formed in 1940 and performed at the Schomburg Library on 135th Street; Sydney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and Harry Belafonte were affiliated with it. Like one of its predecessors, the Lafayette Players (formed in ...

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