Commemoration: The 47th Anniversary of the DC Black Repertory Company


The DC Black Repertory Alumni Association and Multi-Media Training Institute commemorate The 47th Anniversary of the The DC Black Repertory Company. 

The program entitled, It Took a Village: Honoring the Achievements of the DC Black Repertory Company” will be held Friday, October 19, 7pm to 10pm at the Historic Lincoln Theater 1215 U St NW.

The DC Black Repertory Company was one of the premier theater companies in Washington, DC during the 70s and 80s.

This Gala is partially funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

General Admission is $35.00, senior and youth tickets are $25.00. It will be an evening you will not want to miss, never to be duplicated again.

Our seniors will go down memory lane with us on Friday, October 19th at the historic Lincoln Theater as we celebrate the 47th Anniversary of The DC Black Repertory Company and honor the founder Robert Hooks.  Robert Hooks, distinguished actor of stage, television, and film also founded the Group Theater Workshop and created and co-founded The Negro Ensemble Company in New York City that gave you actors Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson and many more prominent actors. Robert Hooks amassed a Board of Directors of prominent influential persons, including James Gibson, Clifford Alexander, Marie Barksdale, the late Peggy Cooper, M. Carl Holman, Dewey Hughes and the late Flaxie Pinkett.

To visit the DC Black Repertory Alumni Association website, click HERE.
(Note: Tickets for this event cannot be purchased on the DC Black Rep website).

Our young people will see and hear stories of perseverance and performances that will inspire them to achieve their greatness. We will honor include:

  • Robert Hooks, Founder of The DC Black Repertory Company & Co Founder of The Negro Ensemble
  • James Hooks, original architect and builder of The DC Black Repertory Company
  • Eric Hughes, first Technical Director for The DC Black Repertory Company
  • Donald Sutton, Production Stage Manager/Assistant Artistic Director
  • Carolyne Jones-Barnes, Darrell Sabbs and Carolyn Smith, Administrative Directors
  • Louis Johnson, Co-Director of The DC Black Repertory Dance Company, Dancer at New York Ballet Company, and Choreographer of Broadway, television and film.
  • Mike Malone, Co-founder of Duke Ellington School of the Arts and founder and Director of The DC Black Repertory Dance Company
  • Bernice Reagan, Scholar, Smithsonian Historian, Vocal Director of The DC Black Repertory and Founder and Creator of Sweet Honey in The Rock
  • Vantile Whitfield, Renowned Stage and Film Director and Artistic Director of The DC Black Repertory Company  

 We will give special recognition to:

  • Ed Murphy, Entrepreneur, Par Excellence and Community Business Activist
  • Petey Green, Media Personality and Community Activist


Special Note: Service fees will be applied to all tickets purchased below through Paypal. If you would like to send a money order or cashier’s check, please mail it to:

Multi-Media Training Institute
Attn: Lyn Dyson
5327 East Capital Street SE
Washington, District of Columbia 20019

Single Admission for the the 19th EVENT (payments can be made below):

  • General  – $35
  • Youth (up to 17 years) and Seniors (65 and over) – $25

General Admission

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There is also an Exhibition with DC Black Repertory Company memorabilia at Bus Boys and Poets at 14th & V St., entitled “Images of The DC Black Repertory Company 47th Celebration.”  It’s opening is Thursday October 18th at 2:30pm.

An Exhibition: Images of The DC Black Repertory Company Celebrates 47 years with Guest Visual Artists.

On view in the exhibition – flyers, programs, posters and pictures capturing and documenting the creative energies of the era of the Black Cultural Explosion.

Bus Boys and Poets
14th and V St NW, Washington, DC
Exhibition is Free and Open to the Public – 2:30pm to 5:30pm
VIP Reception (Invitation Only – Open Bar & Food) – 3:00pm to 5:30pm
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