Paul Robeson, “Voice of the People.”


The presence of The Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company, in the Syracuse/CNY community, fills a void in theatre experience choices, by giving voice to our own stories and experiences that will educate, create dialogue and ignite change. Since 1982, The PRPAC has ​enhanced the community with rich culture in the performing arts out of the African American tradition.  Today we continue to serve as a cultural outlet, striving to open the eyes and ears of those who are not aware that our Black and brown heritage is a major component of our country’s past, present and future.    

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(George Bain, Treas.)

The PRPAC stands on the shoulders of this outspoken humanitarian and performer.

Paul Robeson

Exceptional athlete, actor, singer, cultural scholar, author, and political activist.

1920s and 1930s, widely acclaimed actor and one of the most popular concert singers of his time.

One of the first Black actors to play serious roles in the primarily white American theater.

His "Othello" was the longest-running Shakespeare play in Broadway history, nearly three hundred performances.

Equally well-loved internationally, spoke fifteen languages, performed benefits throughout the world for causes of social justice.

His outspoken beliefs made him enemies among those trying to maintain the status quo.

Every attempt was made to silence and discredit him, in 1950 his passport was revoked.

He could no longer travel abroad to perform, which was devastating to his career.

His accomplishments remain obscured by  the vicious, relentless propaganda.

He believed the famous have a responsibility to fight for justice and peace.

Reorganizing and rebuilding PRPAC have been underway. We are grateful to the Central New York Community Foundation for awarding PRPAC a Black Equity & Excellence grant to support our Preserve and Grow project.


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I am delighted to be taking on this role and, with the talented board, I look forward to leading this extraordinary company into the next chapter of growth, vitality and its mission of being an outlet for BIPOC performing artists to develop and display their skills and talents that educate, create dialogue and ignite change.
- Stephfond Brunson is PRPAC’s new Executive Artistic Director!
Click here for Brunson Press Release

In case you missed it, we encourage you to take time to enjoy "ROBESON & COMPANY COMMUNITY CELEBRATION,” a half-hour, family-friendly "virtual" celebration of PRPAC talent and partners, past and present. We thank YOU for your ongoing support over these 35-plus years.

This project is made possible with funds from NYSCA and the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.       


upcoming events

Kill Move Paradise

Kill Move Paradise_ portrays the brotherhood of four young black men who find themselves in a sort of limbo after each of them is murdered.


Audiences from all backgrounds are challenged to confront their biases when a black child asks us directly, “Am I scary?”

Watch for The Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company production of KMP, streaming April 9 - 16, 2021.  Directed by PRPAC’s newly appointed Executive Artistic Director,  Stephfond Brunson. 

Streaming Now:  Click Here for tickets


Please join Audience/Cast Talk Back via Zoom April 16.

Alums - Celebs - Comments or Videos

Sneak peak at KMP rehearsal
I hold the Robeson Company close to my heart. It provided me the opportunity to grow as an artist and educator. It also provided an opportunity for many children to develop and express their young 'voices' and lastly, there was representation. They saw other Black people doing positive work. It will be exciting to see what the 'revitalization' yields for the Syracuse community.
- Traci Hinton Peterson