WELCOME to the PRPAC...
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
The PRPAC stands on the shoulders of this outspoken humanitarian and performer.
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.
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Every attempt was made to silence and discredit him, in 1950 his passport was revoked.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.
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.
CLICK HERE TO READ Syracuse.com Article about Comb Your Hair
"Comb Your Hair (or You'll Look Like a Slave)," written by Leelee Jackson, will be PRPAC's summer production,
JULY 9th & 10th
"Virtual" Tickets on Sale, Now
BLACK WOMEN'S HAIR vs AMERICAN SOCIETY
She is an award winning classically trained vocalist, playwright, actor, director, sound designer, Artist in Residence at Purdue University's Black Cultural Center, and a member of the Stage Directors' and Choreographers' Society. Following military service, Surratt pursued her theatre passion by obtaining a BA in Music from Geneseo and an MFA in Theatre from Syracuse University. Her diverse experience, among many, encompasses opera stages, off Broadway and touring with Opera in the Hood.