The African American Theatre Directory, 1816-1960: A Comprehensive Guide to Early Black Theatre Organizations, Companies, Theatres, and Performing Groups

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Appendix B
CLASSIFICATION OF BLACK THEATRE ORGANIZATIONS, COMPANIES, AND PERFORMING GROUPS BY TYPE

This appendix includes around five hundred black theatre organizations, companies, and groups, classified under eight main categories or types. Most categories are divided into two parts: Part I lists those organizations and companies that have been included in the main body of the directory. Part II lists those organizations and companies that have not been included, mainly because of space limitations or lack of sufficient information. For a few categories, all organizations are included in the directory. While there has been some overlapping among the various categories that has required duplication of listing, this has been reduced to a minimum. Famous or historically significant organizations are marked with a star . Other noteworthy or important organizations are marked with a black dot or bullet .

The categories or types used in this classification are (1) minstrel companies, (2) touring musical, dramatic, vaudeville, and variety companies, (3) resident theatre companies and stock companies, (4) community little theatre groups and dramatic societies, (5) professional theatrical organizations, (6) academic theatre groups and dramatic associations, (7) production and amusement companies, and (8) nonacademic organizations that provided theatre training.
(1) MINSTREL COMPANIES
Following is a list of black-controlled or black-oriented minstrel companies or troupes. Those in Part I have been cited in this directory. In some instances, minstrel troupes of similar but not identical titles are grouped together under the key terms that are common to the names of each troupe, for example, Alabama Minstrels (the first troupes cited here). In such cases, the troupes are also listed alphabetically under these terms. Part I: Companies Included
Alabama Chocolate Drop Co. ( 1909-11) [included under WILLIAM BENBOW's COMPANIES]

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The African American Theatre Directory, 1816-1960: A Comprehensive Guide to Early Black Theatre Organizations, Companies, Theatres, and Performing Groups
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Notes xv
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Preface xxi
  • Abbreviations xxiii
  • SYMBOLS xxvii
  • A 3
  • B 26
  • C 38
  • D 54
  • E 63
  • F 69
  • G 77
  • H 85
  • I 104
  • J 106
  • K 110
  • L 116
  • M 131
  • N 142
  • O 157
  • P 161
  • Q-R 171
  • S 179
  • T 191
  • U-V 197
  • W-Y 200
  • Appendix A BLACK-ORIENTED AND BLACK­ CONTROLLED THEATRES, HALLS, AND PERFORMANCE SPACES 207
  • Appendix B CLASSIFICATION OF BLACK THEATRE ORGANIZATIONS, COMPANIES, AND PERFORMING GROUPS BY TYPE 215
  • INFORMATION SOURCES 239
  • INDEX OF NAMES 247
  • INDEX OF BLACK THEATRICAL ORGANIZATIONS AND THEATRES 271
  • INDEX OF SHOW TITLES 289
  • CONTRIBUTORS AND RESEARCH CONSULTANTS 299
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