Who We Are:
Ebony Road Players is a Grand Rapids theater company whose mission is to inspire, educate and engage cultures of our community with high-quality theater productions focused on the Black experience.
Through the creative methods of theater, we envision a world community where the dialogue of race and culture is boldly explored, and opportunities exist for all voices to be heard.
What We Do:
We strive to bring together all facets of the Grand Rapids community through theater arts education, producing plays by renowned Black playwrights, and community-based works.
Programming - Past, Present and Future:
- Fall of 2017 Ebony Road Players partnered with Grand Rapids Site Lab to produce Dominique Morisseau's Detroit 67
- Summer 2017 Ebony Road Players produced the 3rd annual Loving Day. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famous court case.
- 2016 Ebony Road Players wins a collaborative Art Prize award with an original play by playwright Randy Wyatt "One Simple Question."
- Starting in spring 2014, Ebony Road Players partnered with Aquinas College's Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center to produce staged readings of Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf, Tracey Scott Wilson's The Story, Jeff Stetson's The Meeting, and Emily Mann's Having Our Say
- The Meeting was performed again in February 2015 through a partnership with Calvin College's Office of Multicultural Affairs
- Ebony Road Players invited Black Lives Matter of Grand Rapids founder, Anita Moore, to lead audience discussions after the February performances of The Meeting
- Ebony Road Players has implemented a theater education class for fourth graders at Coit Elementary School in downtown Grand Rapids
- We have led monthly theater workshops for adults and families at Wealthy Street Theater since September 2014
- In June 2015, Ebony Road Players presented its first commissioned play, Blackbird by Walter Lockwood. This one-act play is part of West Michigan's first Loving Day celebration. Blackbird was performed at both Wealthy Street Theater and Hope Reformed Church