Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Live Theatre is Storytelling with Flair

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL 60201 (east of Ridge Ave.)

Upcoming Events, Classes & Workshops

YSTEP - Youth & Senior Theatre Ensemble Project 


This amazing program helps create intergenerational partnerships between teenages students and older adults. Together, they will share life stories and then conceive, write, and perform a stage reading of an original short one act play under the direction of an YSTEP Artistic Leader. The mission is simple: strengthen the community by bridging the gap between the generations through theatre, communication and mutual respect. Enthusiastic participants who can attend six 90-minute artistic sessions (held once a week for six weeks), are encouraged to enroll. This program has been a big hit with young people and seniors alike. Enrollment is limited, so reserve your space today. For more information, call 847-866-5914.


Fleewood-Jourdain Theatre Presents:


This club provides seniors with an interest in theatre an opportunity to participate in field trips and theatre games; explore the critical art forms of playwriting, play and character analysis; and learn from visiting actors, directors, playwrights, producers and critics, as well as from set, lighting, and costume designers. We usually meet every other Wednesday. Members rejuvenate past skills and are challenged to learn new skills, while socializing and collaborating with old and new friends. For more information, call 847-866-5914.

Location: Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center
Age: 55 yrs. and up
Fee: Free but must pre-register
Length: Ongoing
Class #: 434101A6
Day/Time: Wednesday, 11am-Noon


Award nominations

Did you know that when Black Theater Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards announced nominations in August 2016, FJT received FOUR?!

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The Negro Ensemble Company Award - Outstanding Stage Production
Maya’s Last Poem

The Lloyd Richards Award - Best Direction of a Play
Tim Rhoze – Maya’s Last Poem

Best Lighting Design
Jared Gooding - Maya's Last Poem

Best Set Design
Justin Longnecker & Tim Rhoze - Maya's Last Poem

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Last year, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre's Artistic Director, Tim Rhoze, was nominated in the following categories for his play, “Why Not Me? A Sammy Davis Jr. Story” 

  • The Negro Ensemble Company Award for Outstanding Stage Production
  • The Oscar Brown, Jr. Award for Best Direction of a Play
  • The Lorraine Hansberry Award for Best Writing of a Play

Sean Blake.jpgActor Sean Blake was nominated for "The Sammy Davis, Jr. Award" for Best Leading Actor in a Play.

The Black Theater Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 7pm. They will be held at eta Creative Arts Foundation at 7558 S. South Chicago Ave., Chicago, Ill. Tickets are $25. 


General Information

To register for events, classes or workshops, click here.



Founded in 1979, under the name of the Foster Community Theatre, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre has been thrilling audiences with over three decades of unique, inspirational and invigorating African American and African Diaspora-centered storytelling. From original plays to the best of Broadway, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre remained committed to supplying the very best in theatre.

"Umoja!! ….Working Together in Unity" is the foundation from which FJT began and continues to thrive!

It is our mission to present powerful, thought provoking, community-centered Theater Arts programming with a commitment to diversity and creative excellence. We are dedicated to providing a nurturing and creative environment for directors, playwrights, set, light, and costume designers, as well as for experienced and novice performers. In this positive environment they can develop their skills and fully express their talents.

In August 2007, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre was nominated for five Black Theatre Alliance Awards for its summer production of Sarafina! The Music of Liberation!

For more information, please call 847-866-5915 or 311 (847-448-4311 outside Evanston). 


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