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Bushfire Theatre of Performing Arts


We are dedicated to advancing the work of African-American playwrights, professional/non-professional actors, directors, and other theatre personnel. In addition to our season of shows, we offer classes & workshops for youth and adults.

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Come See Our Upcoming Shows


By Denise Nicholas

Directed by Al Simpkins

Mary Ellen Pleasant in 1866 refused to give up her seat on a San Francisco trolley and Rosa Parks did the same on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955. Buses brings these women together in an imagined dialogue that illuminates their extraordinary pace in history.

May 14 – May 26, 2024

Phantom of the 87th St. Playground

By Clyde Santana & Gail Davis

Directed by Al Simpkins

Spirits of the past meet children who cannot reconcile their differences in this enchanting musical fantasy where hope blossoms and dreams never die

June 18 - June 30, 2024




Celebrate our 48th anniversary and 47th season of presenting plays by becoming a member today!

As we approach our 50th season of presenting plays that depict the African American experience, we invite you to become a member. Your membership support will enable us to continue presenting quality plays to our community.

Your membership will allow us to continue classes in acting, directing and playwriting for adults and children in the community. We mount plays on our main-stage with an auditorium that seats 433 and on our three adjoining stages in spaces that seat up to sixty where we develop new scripts and present our Puppet Theatre. Your membership represents an investment in Bushfire Theatre and the opportunity for us to continue for the next 50 years.
Become a Member for $65 a Year
Free Tickets

One ticket to all four main-stage plays


Additional tickets for family/friends at a reduced rate

Venue Space
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Rental space for parties at a reduced rate

Discover Playwriting with Us

Langston Hughes Playwright's Workshop

Coming Soon


  • Explore the history of Bushfire Theatre of Performing Arts, one of America's oldest African-American theatre ensembles

  • Hear interviews with African-American playwrights and actors

  • Meet the people behind the Bushfire Ensemble


Walk of Fame

Come visit the first-ever Walk of Fame dedicated to recognizing outstanding African-American artists of stage, screen & television, located just outside our theatre at 224 S 52nd St, Philadelphia, PA.

Lloyd Richards

Broadway Director & Former Dean, Yale School of Drama

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