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The Billie Holiday Theatre

The Billie Holiday Theatre

About Us

The Obie and AUDELCO Award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre is a state-of-the-art creative campus located in the heart of Bedford Stuyvesant, home to the largest African American community in the nation and recently named one of the 40 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World by Time Out Magazine. A thriving cultural anchor to the Black community since its inception in 1972, The Billie is one of the last remaining theaters forged in the aesthetic and sociocultural kiln of America’s Civil Rights/Black Arts Movement. Today, The Billie stands as a beacon for world-class art rooted in social justice, and the only multi-platform performing arts center with a presenting, institutional residency, and education program led by, for, accountable to and near people of African descent in New York City. For close to half a century, The Billie has elevated and promoted the critical voices of Black artists, and the stories of the complex journey toward freedom for people of African descent, a journey that is far from over. Indeed, as our community struggles amidst two converging pandemics: COVID-19 which has left communities of color bearing the brunt of hospitalizations, fatalities and financial hardship, and entrenched racial injustice that has plagued our nation since its inception, The Billie once again boldly stands on the frontlines as a rigorous artistic space that tackles injustice, offers healing, presents new and unapologetic voices, and imagines a world where all people can flourish.


We Care About

Arts and Culture
Social Justice

Contact Information

Jelani Buckner