Barbara Ann Teer Biography (1937-)

Addresses: Office: c/o The National Black Theatre, Nine E. 125th Street, New York, NY, 10035.

SIDELIGHTS: "In 1973 Ms. Teer received a Ford Foundation Fellowship tovisit seven African countries to further her research. She spent four monthsin Western Nigeria acquainting herself fully with the Yoruba culture and religion. Ms. Teer has visited Nigeria 7 times and considers it to be her 'second home.' She wanted to discover the science of spirit and the secretof Soul. She along with her performing company of 35 people continued their research in South America, the West Indies, Haiti, bars, the Apollo Theatre and numerous churches in Harlem. The National Black Theatre has performed in Trinidad, Guyana, Western Nigeria and throughout the United States. Because of[its] cultural contributions to the City and State of New York, Mayor Koch and the Government of New York State proclaimed May 7, 1979 as 'National Black Theatre Day.' ... in Harlem ... on the corner of 125th Street and Fifth Avenue she is developing an educational and cultural facility: The National Black Institute of Theatre Arts, dedicated to demonstrating the material wonders of high technology and the magnificence which flows from the cultural sound called Soul."

director, actress, dancer, writer
Birth Details
June 18, 1937
East St. Louis, IL

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