Black Spectrum Theatre

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Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.



March 16th, 2020

As you may know, due to the evolving nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) issue, the government of the State of New York, and that of the City of New York, have issued a notice that public gatherings of more than 50 persons are prohibited to curb the COVID-19 situation. This notice means that, until such time as the order is lifted, Black Spectrum Theatre is forced to POSTPONE all upcoming events until such date as to be determined.

Although this decision impacts our current season, we share in the belief that in order to ensure the safety of our staff, our audience and patrons, and the public at large, that such “social distancing” and avoidance of large gatherings is the wise decision.

We assure you that the theatre is safe, as is our office and staff.

However, the bottom line is that we wish to ensure that YOU, our audience members, are safe and that the safety of our staff and our beloved theatre remains strong and true.

We have added additional alcohol-based sanitizer dispensers throughout the theatre, are keeping our restrooms fully stocked with tissues, soap, and paper towels, and we have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in all public and backstage areas of our theatre. We are taking every precaution to keep the theatre, and you, safe and sound.

If you have any ticket-related questions, please contact us. We would be happy to grant you a credit towards a future show of your choice once things return to normal.

Remember that your safety, and ours, is our utmost concern.

For up-to-the-minute news on the COVID-19 situation from trusted sources, please visit: World Health Organization
NYC Department of Health We wish you good health, and thank you for continuing to support Black Spectrum Theatre. Sincerely, Black Spectrum Theatre Co. Management

50th Anniversary

Black Spectrum Theatre would like to thank the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel for their sponsorship of our 50th Anniversary Gala.

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Nurturing a New Generation of Artists
for the 21st Century

A Living Theater & Performance Space

With a rich history of community-based theater, The Black Spectrum Theater is geared toward nurturing a new generation of artists in the 21st century. With 15–20 live events a year (ranging from theatre to music), we offer an exciting full season of programming, and our summer camps and after-school programs are geared to helping our youth explore the magic of the performance arts. Contact us today to learn more or to purchase tickets.

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(718) 723-1800

About Us

Writer, producer, filmmaker, and visionary Carl Clay founded Black Spectrum Theatre in 1970 to provide the community with African-American cultural expression through contemporary theater and film. To this end, we produce and present theatre, films, and videos examining issues of social significance to the African-American community. At our 325-seat state-of-art theatre, we serve more than 20,000 audience members annually—and we reach many thousands more through our nationally distributed films for urban teens series, mobile stage, and school residency programs.

Based in Jamaica, NY, Black Spectrum is the only professional theatre company reaching out to people of African descent in the area. Our programs for children and youth include our Youth and Children's Theatre Company, Summer Theatre Camp, Children's and Youth Theatre Institute, and E-CAP After School Program.

Call today to learn more.

Upcoming Events

We Are One Festival

50th Anniversary of Black Spectrum Theater

50th Anniversary Reunion Gala

Mother's Day

Natural Woman An Aretha Story

Black Love Spring


Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

(718) 723-1800

Hours of Operation
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

177-01 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11434

Service Area
Serving Jamaica, NY, and the Surrounding 50-Mile Radius


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