Mission Statement 

To enhance the development of African-American culture, history and community through the performing arts in Utah


The Summer Arts Training Program will serve a limited number of gifted students that range from ages 9-18.  All participating students are affiliated with our current partners that include several Title I schools and At-Risk Youth.  Every student is required to audition in order to be considered/accepted into the program.  Through the generous assistance of various private and public donors, the program will provide an introduction to various aspects of theater that include; Play writing, Voice & Diction, Musical Theater, Character Development, Theater Etiquette, Scene Study, Black History and more.  Three sessions are scheduled for the summer, and only 10 students are accepted PER SESSION.  (For further information, please go to the Summer Arts Program tab under Programs).


The Edward Lewis Writing Workshop is designed to introduce young people and seasoned actors to the most basic aspects of creative stage writing.   Many plays are first performed as readings as writers use them to work through technical and creative problems before developing them in their final form. Readings usually consist of the writer's first draft.  The writing workshop will provide every participant with the building blocks of play writing construction, character development, story arc, dialogue and blocking.  The workshops will be conducted at the Utah Arts Alliance in the Fall of 2012.  Two well received scripts will be presented for showcase at the Edward Lewis Black Theater Festival at the Salt Lake City Main Library in February, 2013 (For additional information regarding the origin of the festival, please go to OurTheater Festival tab under Programs).


This six week program begins October 13, 2012 through November 17, 2012.  For submission inquires and general information, please send an email to





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