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Mission Statement:

 ART has the power to change the world. 

The mission of Afro-American Players, Inc. (AAP) is to eradicate artistic illiteracy and promote multi-cultural understanding in the human community.  Through education and entertainment we will address the social and cultural inadequacies existing within our community.  We will provide a culturally diverse environment where all forms of art can flourish.

Our tools of empowerment are:  visual art, music, theatre, poetry, dance, digital mediums, athletics and the culinary arts.  These tools combine to ensure a harmonious artistic and socially enriched environment for education in the arts and humanities.  This exceptional venture will serve as an instrument to facilitate cross–cultural communication.

As a cultural mecca and meeting place for local and global communities, the AAP will reflect the rich ethnic diversity of our nation and the world.


The Afro-American Players, Inc. on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin amidst the rushing waters of change

(circa 1972)

Glo Dean Baker, Charles Pace, Dan Bailey, Fred Gardner, Marie Moore, Melvin Lampley, Paula Poindexter

The Afro-American Players, Inc.  a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization,  established in 1974


Street theatre performance on 11th and 12th Streets in Austin, Texas. “If the people can’t come to the theatre, then theatre must come to the people” Center facing to right: Fred Gardner, Doug Sivad, GloDean Baker, Sherry Stowers, Leland Whiterspoon

THE AFRO-AMERICAN PLAYERS, INC. was founded during the dawn of the Civil Rights Era by six undergraduate  students at  the University of Texas at Austin in 1973.  The Company is celebrated as the oldest existing Black Theatre Company in the Southwest and has toured all over the world. The Company  is operated by  Founding Directors Glo Dean Baker -Gardner and Fred Gardner. This outstanding Company conducts several exceptional programs.


  • Winner's Camp

    A  reading, social skills and arts program for at risk and orphaned youth

  • Major Productions

    Historical, Ethnic and Classical Theater

  • Visual and Performing Art Classes

    Training in various disciplines for all ages


The Stage:

As a part of AAP, EMAC (Eclectic Multi-Cultural Arts Community) is a unique cultural arts venue which houses a mixture of performing, visual and culinary arts. The Company is located in a 100,000 square foot, three-story building with numerous amenities. This very impressive facility will boast a sizable art gallery, theatre/performance hall, a spoken word grotto with restaurant and kitchen incubator, practice rooms, recording studios, classrooms, conference rooms, meeting rooms and offices.

Our goal is to create a successful collaboration of arts and humanities that will provide quality productions, multi-arts programs, music concerts, workshops, and superior social events, in a manner that is totally unique to the DFW Metropolis. 

EMAC provides life skills and employment training to youth and adults. Programs are structured to be interactive and responsive to the artistic, educational, and cultural needs of our diverse global populace.