PassinArt exists because of the historical tradition of Black theatre in the United States. It is essential to acknowledge Black theatre companies who came before us and honor their resilience, creativity, and innovation.
1800s The African Company / African Grove Theater
1920s National Colored Plays
1930s Federal Theatre Project
1940s American Negro Theatre
1960s Negro Ensemble Company
1960s The National Black Theatre
1960s Black Arts Repertory Theatre in Harlem
1970s Portland Black Repertory Theatre
1980s Portland Sojourner Truth Theatre Company
Today, PassinArt provides a platform for emerging and experienced African American and multicultural artists to share their craft and talents with diverse audiences.