The Black Theatre Coalition (BTC) has named Nik Whitcomb as its new program director. The organization aims to support and create employment opportunities for Black theatre professionals.
“I could not be more thrilled to join the team of BTC as Program Director! Creating space for Black artists to have a real seat at the table has been central to my work for many years now and I am excited to bring that mission to this new role," shares Whitcomb. "There is much work to be done and I am ready to hit the ground running to change the American theatre for the better!"
A theatre artist, casting director, producer, educator, and equity and inclusion advocate, Whitcomb has worked with such nonprofit arts institutions as Guthrie Theater, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Omaha Performing Arts, among others. He is a member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education where he serves as a mentor for the Leaders of Color Institute and a reader on the Distinguished Play Committee. He is an ensemble member with the Performing Arts Collective at The Union for Contemporary Art; education coordinator with The Stillwell Institute for Contemporary Black Art; communications strategist for The House of Afros, Capes, and Curls; and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
BTC recently completed its inaugural Apprentice Program with the opening of the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company, and is currently working with Hangmen and Beetlejuice. BTC also has an ongoing fellowship program which has currently funded 35 fellows with more to come in this first year, along with a regional fellowship program in cooperation with Broadway Across America/JGO.