Ep. 30: Moses T. Alexander Greene Talks POOLED and Making National Black Theatre Festival Debut

According to The New York Times, the National Black Theatre Festival is one of the most historic and culturally significant events in the history of black theatre. The event brings together black theater companies from around the world and celebrates the contributions of African American artists. This year, the festival chose 25 plays to represent the best in black theater from the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa. One of those plays selected to make its national debut as one of the festival’s main stage productions was the gospel musical drama, POOLED, written by Moses T. Alexander Greene. Hear what he has to say about the healing powers of POOLED and what it means for our community to have this work validated on a national stage.

About the Guest

Moses T. Alexander Greene is an unconventional playwright, cultural arts producer, performer, and artistic director whose commitment to the arts and creative scholarship continue to impact a myriad of landscapes. A sixth-generation New Yorker (Long Island), he is a double graduate of Syracuse University with a Master’s in New Media Management and a dual Bachelor’s in African American Studies and Writing for Television, Radio, and Film. Since May 2017, he has served as director of the NC State University’s African American Cultural Center and leads its mission to cultivate the critical examination and exploration of African American and other African Diasporic cultures. Before that, he served as Chief Communications Officer/Assistant Professor of Media & Film at Saint Augustine’s University. In 2013, he was one of 20 educators nationwide named as a Fellow of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (EMMY) Foundation. As an arts advocate, Greene currently serves Raleigh in several capacities: vice-chair of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, chair of the Commission’s Racial Equity, Access and Inclusion Task Force and board member of the African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County. He is also the visionary behind Nia Kuumba, a special audition that provides singers and actors of various ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and gender identities as well as performers with disabilities with an opportunity to audition for over 30 local and regional professional and community theatres at one time. In 2018, he founded and became the artistic director of Li V Mahob Productions, a Raleigh-based, professional theatre company committed to uplifting narratives of the diverse experiences of African Americans and African diasporic cultures through performance art. The first production of the company, a work written by Greene called POOLED, held its world premiere that February at the Kennedy Theater of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. The National Black Theatre Festival named POOLED as “one of the best 25 black theatre productions of the U.S., Africa, Europe and the Caribbean” and selected it as a main stage production. 

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