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Theater of the American South is proud to announce our 2014 season. 

The events surrounding this year’s Theater of the American South celebration are the performing, literary and visual arts and artists that have roots in Wilson. Most of the artists featured began their stories in Wilson, and all are Eastern North Carolina artists.

The festival runs from Thursday, May 15, through Saturday, May 17, with activities planned in historic downtown Wilson, North Carolina.

To make it easy for everyone, each day of the festival takes place in one of three venues, with May 15 at the Wilson Arts Center, May 16 at Barton's Black Box Theater, and with May 17 at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center covering a full day starting at 10 a.m. until the curtain closes that night!

2014 Sponsors

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This year, the 2014 Theater of the American South salutes

On May 15, the Patron Party begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Wilson Arts Center, 124 Nash Street.

Kathryn Meares Catering, Inc. has planned the perfect southern menu that will delight the palate. Inside the Social Gallery and Annie Draughn Boykin Gallery, you will enjoy the visual art of Garland Mattox, Victoria Sexton, Rene Moore and other Wilson Active artists.

Our literary art for the evening will include a visit with Michelle Lanier, one of the authors of the UNC Press publication African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina. Books will be available for sale at the event.

Our performing arts finale for the evening will feature The Monitors on the outdoor stage for your listening and dancing pleasure. Advantage Rental will create a tented environment with a dance floor available for our patrons in case there is a late spring shower so the music can play on!

Michelle Lanier
As director of the NC African American Heritage Commission and the Traditions and Heritage Program of the NC Arts Council, Michelle Lanier uses her background as an oral historian and folklorist to connect communities around the state's rich cultural resources. She also brings the ethical issues of public history and documentary work into the classroom, as an instructor since 2000 with Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies.

Michelle's work with Gullah communities, which she began at Spelman College and completed through UNC-Chapel Hill's Curriculum in Folklore, paved the way for her to become one of North Carolina’s liasions to the federal, Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.

Michelle is currently involved in the powerful work of engaging communities towards envisioning and growing the future of African American heritage in the state of North Carolina.

The Monitors

Friday, May 16, will take place in Barton College’s Lauren Kennedy/Alan Campbell theatre that faces Barton's beautiful center campus. (Read more...)

Saturday, May 17, is the culmination of the Festival in the Edna Boykin Cultural Center. (Read more...)


Theater of the American South is a program of the Arts Council of Wilson, Inc.