“AATAT had a vision of African American students having their voices, histories, and communities represented....”
The story of the African American Theater Arts Troupe (AATAT), is one of heroic struggle. Starting with a small group of students and one staff mentor, AATAT had no funds, office, or access to theater resources.
But AATAT had a vision of African American students having their voices, histories, and communities represented. Today, AATAT performs to devoted audiences on the UC Santa Cruz campus, in local communities, and high schools throughout California.
The African American Theater Arts Troupe (AATAT) is the only student African American theater troupe in the University of California system of ten campuses. For thirty years, AATAT has produced outstanding performances of playwrights such as Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, and Dominique Morisseau.
“The story of AATAT is one of empowerment through uplifting others....”
Equally important is a unique place created by AATAT where African American students of all majors connect with their histories and find their voices.
The story of AATAT is one of empowerment through uplifting others. This calling has led each generation of AATAT students to create new forms of theater and service, including mentoring high school students and distributing over $100,000 in scholarships.
The public is invited to this special, online celebration. Admission is free and RSVP by February 17th is required.
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