Recipient of the 2009 Dr. Betty Shabazz Award
PROGRESS THEATRE (PT) is an international touring ensemble of multi-disciplined performers committed to using art to encourage social consciousness, cross-community dialogue and cultural awareness. Since 2001, PT has inspired audiences coast-to-coast with dynamic performances that fuse theatre, dance, blues, storytelling, spirituals, R&B, poetry, and hip-hop to explore the social concerns and insights of today’s young adult generation.
PT’s unique brand of performance blends African American cultural legacy with contemporary artistic genre, academia with popular culture, and politics with social realities, all contributing to the groups’ appeal to both old and new generations of theatergoers. The ensemble pushes beyond the borders of “traditional” theatre asserting themselves as a distinctive voice in the up and coming generation of American theatre. Accepting the Award are Cristal Chanelle Truscott, Founder, Artistic Director & Playwright of Progress Theatre; Maiesha McQueen, Music Composer, Actor; and Dana Bowles, Actor.