Front Porch Collective
2022-23 MIT Performing Series
A black theatre company committed to advancing racial equity in Boston through theater
Returning as part of MIT Performing’s 2022-23 season, Front Porch Arts Collective will be on campus February 14-18 working on a staged reading of X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation, a new play by Marcus Gardley and directed by Brandon Green.
In 2021, Front Porch Arts Collective joined with MIT, the Mass General Hospital, and other organizations and groups throughout the Greater Boston area to celebrate and honor Black History Month. The series of performances aimed to connect MGH and the Greater Boston community; highlighting our shared history and the importance of wellness, engaging innovators, and displaying rich talent in the arts.
X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation
Rehearsals & Development
February 14-18, 2023
MIT Theater Building W97
February 19, 2023 / 5:00pm
Emerson Paramount Center Jackie Liebergott Black Box
559 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
The assassination of Malcolm X—both the story we think we know and illuminating details that have seldom been shared—is brought to vivid, lyrical life in award-winning writer Marcus Gardley’s new play. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar provides a framework for Gardley to deepen our understanding of one of America’s most complex, compelling historical figures and explore the tumultuous landscape of ideology and activism in the 1960s.
2021 Black History Month Celebration
February 22, 23, and 25, 2021 / Online via Zoom
In February 2021, the Mass General Hospital joined with Front Porch Arts Collective, the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, MIT Music and Theater Arts, and other organizations and groups throughout the Greater Boston area to celebrate and honor Black History Month. The series of performances aimed to connect MGH and the Greater Boston community; highlighting our shared history and the importance of wellness, engaging innovators, and displaying rich talent in the arts.
The month of programming included Soul Break with Front Porch and Fam, a digital concert; Young Nerds of Color (YNOC), a new play in development; and Fabulation or The Re-Education of Undine, a social satire by Lynn Nottage.
Read more at 2021 Black History Month
The Front Porch Collective is a black theater company based in Boston, Massachusetts committed to addressing the structural racism in the area, including the visible cultural segregation in the arts highlighted in a seven-part Spotlight series in the Boston Globe. The Collective works to inspire a more tolerant and inclusive city by serving communities of color and producing art that is inclusive and welcoming to all audiences.
The Front Porch Collective:
- Examines the interactions between race, culture, economics, ability, gender, and sexuality from the lens of people of color
- Challenges the biased narratives of people of color in America
- Retains diverse talent by increasing representation on stage, back stage, in the office, and in the boardroom
- Trains the next generation of people of color theater artists ready to address social change through theater
- Produces exciting theatre with integrity and high artistic standards
The Huntington Partners With Front Porch Arts Collective For Three-Year Residency
WBUR News, July 27 2021
Front Porch is building a home for artists of color
Boston Globe, August 23, 2018