Lainie Kazan

The Colony Theatre Company

The Towne Street Theatre

Theatre 40

Marilyn Fox

Leesa Freed

Shirle Gottlieb

Dawn Grabowski

Christina Hart

Velina Hasu Houston

Garry Kluger

Barbara Masters

Michael & Carol Kiernan Convey


The Towne Street Theatre, L.A.’s premiere African American Theater Company, was founded in 1993 by actresses Nancy Cheryll Davis, Nancy Renee, and mixed media artist Nathaniel Bellamy.

Originally located in a downtown loft for seven years, they now produce “on the town” in various venues around Los Angeles - the Stella Adler Theater, Stage 52, The Raven Playhouse, Theater/Theatre and The Attic. Over the last 16 years, their mission of creating, producing and developing works that reflect the unique African-American experience, has produced 32 plays. What began as a three person team has expanded into a company of 15 that includes producers, directors, writers, actors, designers and technicians.

Towne Street reached out to young people in 1999 with the inception of the Musical Theater Camp for Kids 7-17, first held at St. Brigid Church in South Los Angeles and was held this year at The Colburn School of Performing Arts. Programming includes a 10 minute play festival, a Main Stage work (a Black classic or an original piece), TST on Tour staged reading series and TST Films.

Towne Street Theatre will proudly produce their 33rd production, the world premiere of Langston & Nicolas, about the friendship of Langston Hughes and Cuban poet laureate Nicolas Guillen, written by Bernardo Solano, conceived and directed by Nancy Cheryll Davis and produced by Davis, Bellamy and Renee, at the Stella Adler Theatre from March 19 to April 25, 2010.

Visit the website at and contact TST at or 213/624-4796.