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Parallel Lines

Our Mission

Liberation Theatre Company is a home for creative emerging black playwrights, providing resources to develop their work, nurturing and inviting them to express themselves in a supportive and focused environment. LTC brings together actors, directors, and playwrights to allow playwrights the room to learn and grow, culminating in their finest work, ready for production.

Our History

Liberation Theatre Company was founded in 2009 by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif and Spencer Scott Barros. They have been producing partners for over three decades now, uplifting underserved voices. Bernard J. Tarver, who had been a member of LTC’s Black Playwrights’ Group, joined them as Associate Producing Director, soon after. Since its founding, LTC has been a feeder for talented and diverse Black playwrights to larger theatre organizations.


Liberation has a thriving black playwrights community, which started with their Black Playwrights' Group and monthly reading series. LTC also hosted regularly online and off an Artists Salon, giving voice and providing support to multi-disciplined artists. At the heart of Liberation's programming is its Writing Residency, now in its sixth year, commissioning and providing resources to four black playwrights to write a full-length play in 10 months and The 29Hour Workshop which offers one alum playwright an opportunity to work on a full-length play over 29 hours with the help of a director/dramaturge and a cast of professional actors.

Liberation Theatre Company is the founder and co-producer of Harlem9, Inc, which produces an annual 10-minute play festival featuring underrepresented voices in Harlem and the Bronx, NY, Detroit, North Carolina, and Texas. In 2012, LTC teamed up with Woodie King Jr.’s National Black Touring Circuit, and SOUL PROductions to present Eric Lockley’s hilarious affirmative action comedy, Blacken The Bubble at The HSA Theater.  LTC has been the lead producer in several Off-Broadway productions and readings, most notably The Silver Thread by Joslyn Housley. 

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