{theatre}+{náfsi}* is an Black Repertory Theater, meaning it produces and presents artistic performances that illuminate the human condition through the prism of the people of the African Diaspora (i.e. African -American, African, Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, etc.).


*Náfsi means "soul" in the language of Swahili. 

Past Productions
A Safe Distance From Love 2017
PreProject Productions
There Is A Field
4th Bronze Collective Fest
Kaleidoscope 2017
Community Improv Jam 2017
Community Improv Jam 2017
We must all do theatre – to find out who we are, and to discover who we could become.

Augusto Boal

 THEATER with COMMUNITY (TwC) utilizes community-based interactive drama as a way to facilitate positive change. Drawing from the techniques of Augusto Boal and Theater of the Oppressed, TwC seeks to bring communities together, working through challenging topics, and giving voice to the often "silenced and unheard".


Techniques include Forum Theater, Image Theater, Rainbow of Desire, and extend to other community based art frameworks.


"Putting the heart of humanity back together."

Maplewood Performing Arts Centre

Arts for everybody . . . using every body!®

Specializing in African American Theatre, Black Repertory Theater, Applied Theater, Black Arts Research in Rochester, NY and beyond!



2604 Elmwood Ave #341, Rochester, NY 14618, USA


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