Semi-Finalist Readings are HERE!

Since 2022, Blackboard has partnered with Obsidian Theatre Festival and our own Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival (#BMPFest, a partnership with PAAL, Parent Artist Advocacy League)

We are pleased to announce these reading that will take place virtually on zoom from April through June 2023.

Upcoming Readings:

Friday, June 9, 2023 – “The End of a Society” by LaRaisha Dionne – #OTF 2022 Semi-Finalist Register Here!

Monday, June 12, 2023 – “Sheridan Avenue” by Lori Adrien Roper – #BMPFest 2022 Semi-Finalist Register Here!


Register for each reading by clicking the “Register Here” near that play. You will be directed to a zoom registration page.

While our readings are free, we do ask for a $10 Suggested Donation so that we can support our artists in the future and continue to support Black Playwrights in this way.

or visit this link:

Blackboard Plays and PAAL partnered in 2020 to present the first Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival (#BMPFest). #BMPFest focuses on the stories of Black families, making a home for Black parents and caregivers. The festival is fully virtually creating an accessible space for writers who are also Black parents or caregivers across the country. It is now in its 3rd Season. Learn More at

Founded in 2020 The Obsidian Theatre Festival is an invigorating celebration of Black Stories in Detroit, produced by Detroiters. The festival features the work of emerging Black voices, illuminating the rich diversity of the African American experience. Following the in-person June festival every year, the work is also available to stream. Learn More at

Past Readings:

Monday, April 17, 2023 – “Out of Rhythm” by Lori Sinclair Minor – OTF 2022 Semi-Finalist – Register Here!

Friday, April 28, 2023 – “See No Color” by Krystle Adam#BMPFest 2022 Semi-Finalist Register Here!

Monday, May 1, 2023 – “Bocking” by Preston Crowder OTF 2022 Semi-Finalist Register Here!

Friday, May 12, 2023 – “I’m Not Myself” by Louis Johnson#BMPFest 2022 Semi-Finalist Register Here!