BIAI is part of Barter's Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

What is the Black in Appalachia Initiative?

In the summer of 2020, Barter began collecting stories from our local Black communities as part of our Black in Appalachia Initiative, which seeks to ensure all voices in our region have a platform to be heard and celebrated.

Black in Appalachia Initiative – AFPP Play Selection

In an effort to give voice to the more diverse stories of our region, Barter is committed to presenting at least one play written by a Black Appalachian playwright at each annual Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. We intend this to be a first step in ensuring that ALL Appalachians will be represented on our stages.

Past Winners:

2022 – Fish-Tales & Legendary Lies by Anthony Mapp

2021 – City Limits by Quinton Cockrell

BIAI 2023 Full Length Play Submission Guidelines
  • Playwright must be Black.
  • Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright or the plays must be set in the Appalachian Region.  See here for list of qualifying states/counties as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission:  https://www.arc.gov/appalachian_region/CountiesinAppalachia.asp
  • Plays must be full length.
  • Plays must be unpublished and not have had a professional production.
  • Plays must be submitted electronically.

Please submit plays to: apfestival@bartertheatre.com

2023 Submission Deadline: May 1, 2022

Black in Appalachia Initiative – Monologue Competition

In 2020, Barter created the Black in Appalachia Initiative, which involved actively seeking out Black Appalachian plays, public readings and conducting a playwriting workshop for Black theatre artists. This year, we’re adding to this initiative with a monologue competition. It is our hope that by connecting Black playwrights (wherever they are located) with stories from Black Appalachian communities, we can:

  • Create monologues that can be developed into full-length plays
  • Create/produce a canon of work that explores the Black Appalachian experience, both past and present
  • Establish and cultivate relationships with Black playwrights and other Black theatre artists
  • Give audiences accessibility to new perspectives on life in Appalachia
BIAI 2023 Monologue Submission Guidelines
  • Playwright must be Black.
  • Monologues must be set in Appalachia. (See link below for list of qualifying states/counties as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission)
    https://www.arc.gov/appalachian_region/CountiesinAppalachia.asp
  • Monologues must be 5-7 minutes in length (190 words = 1 minute).
  • Monologues must be unpublished and not have had a professional production.
  • Monologues must be submitted electronically.

Please submit monologues to: cbush@bartertheatre.com

2023 Submission Deadline: October 1, 2022

5-7 monologues will be selected to be performed during Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (Jan./Feb. 2023 – date TBD)

2020 AFPP Reading

2022 EVENT SCHEDULE

SUMMER 2022 EVENTS COMING SOON!

Statement of Intention

The intention of BIAI events, is to provide a safe space for black Appalachian artists to share their stories and showcase their work. We recognize our responsibility as a primarily white institution to use the resources available to us to amplify and center the voices and works of the most historically silenced individuals in our region. Through our Black in Appalachia Initiative, we hope to continue to facilitate spaces in which all Appalachians can come together and appreciate our differences safely and with mutual respect.

PAST EVENTS

Shine: Illuminating Black Stories

An evening of storytelling that explores the Black experience in Appalachia while celebrating the work of its Black theatre artists. Six Black playwrights from across the country presented monologues inspired by this collection, performed by two actors.