The Nation's Premiere African American Theater
Crossroads Theatre Company, recipient of the 1999 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in the United States, is the nation's premiere African American theater. The American Theatre Critics Association together with the American Theatre Wing and the League of Regional Theatres and Producers presented the prestigious Tony Award to Crossroads in recognition of its 22-year history of artistic accomplishment and excellence. Crossroads is the first African American theater to receive this honor in the 33-year history of this special award category.
Crossroads continues to lead the nation with its commitment to literary works that examine the African American experience so that it may be understood and appreciated by all people. Crossroads' recent Tony Award and 20th Anniversary celebration are both indicative of the perseverance and vision of those who continue to support the theater. Both are of great significance, not only to the immediate Crossroads family of staff, subscribers and patrons, but also to the City of New Brunswick, the State of New Jersey, the nation and the legacy of Black theater itself. When co-founders Ricardo Khan and L. Kenneth Richardson envisioned a space where, as actors, the two young men could work on substantive, non-stereotypical roles, little did they realize that their vision would grow into the major institution that it is today.
Through both its main stage productions and the Theatre's community and education programs, Crossroads reached audiences of diverse origins who were able to experience live performances of plays that illuminate the many complexities of Black life. Many of the past audience members had only been exposed to limited, superficial and sometimes stereotypical images of African Americans through the news and mass media. Crossroads continues to embrace its responsibility to put forth realistic, multi-dimensional images of Black people, and remains committed to spreading the truth far beyond its New Brunswick home to reach other New Jersey communities as well as national and international audiences.
Crossroads has toured productions to Atlanta, GA, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, CA, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, the West Indies, London and South Africa. Crossroads is a resident theatre of The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and an affiliate theatre of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ and the New Victory Theatre in New York City.