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Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL 60201 (east of Ridge Ave.)
847-866-5914 /




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.


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Black History Month

All events are FREE to the public. Seating is limited on a first come policy, reservations will not be accepted. Call (847) 866-5914 for more information. Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center 927 Noyes St. Evanston, IL 60201. Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center 2100 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL 60201. 

Feb 5, 2018

Haven Middle School & FJT original production “Dear Ruby”. In 1960 little Ruby Bridges of New Orleans became one of the youngest Civil Rights activists. These letters to Ruby will help tell her story, and tell how divided and yet united we were in the struggle for equal rights.  Performance at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center 7p.m.

Feb 12, 2018

Shorefront & Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Present: An evening of conversation with “Black Evanstonian History Makers Up Close” Hosted at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Second Floor 7p.m.

Feb 16, 2018

Black History Month Friday Night Movies For The Entire Family “Rejoice & Shout” A look at gospel music and its relationship to African American identity and Christianity. Directed by Don McGlynn. Runtime 115 mins. Hosted at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center 7pm. Popcorn included!  

Feb 17, 18 & 24, 2018

FJT production of “Liberty City” by April Yvette Thompson. A multi-character solo performance inspired by the playwright’s family’s journey through the end of the Black Power Movement. Featuring Dionne Addis & Directed by Jonathan Wilson. Performances at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.

Saturdays 7pm and Sunday 3pm

Feb 19, 2018

MPAACT Theatre & FJT present an evening of Performance Art “100 ACTS OF RESISTANCE” Performance at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center 7p.m.

Feb 23, 2018

Black History Month Friday Night Movies For The Entire Family “A Ballerina’s Tale” Black ballerina Misty Copeland is profiled in this documentary, which explores her career, her recovery from a serious injury and the lack of diversity in the world of dance. Directed by Nelson George. Run-time 88 mins. Hosted at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center 7pm. Popcorn included!  

Feb 25, 2018

The History Of Jazz Lecture & Concert featuring The Donovan Mixon Jazz Ensemble. Hosted at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center 3 p.m.

Feb 26, 2018

MPAACT Theatre & FJT present a stage reading of the exciting new play “RED SUMMER” by Shepsu Aakhu and Andrew White. Directed by Jerrell Henderson. Reading at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center 7p.m.

Feb 27, 2018

Black Theatre Alliance Awards, Inc. & FJT present the documentary film “Black Theater: The Making Of A Movement” An evening celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Negro Ensemble Company. Produced by Woodie King Jr. Runtime 120 mins. Hosted at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. Pre-screening reception at 6:30 p.m. Show time 7pm. Popcorn included!  


June 16 through July 1
From the Mississippi Delta
by Endesha Ida Mae Holland, PH.D.Season Image

This beautifully authored dramatic autobiographical play captures the story of a young girl growing up in the 1950s in an impoverished Southern community, battling against the harsh realities of that era. We follow her as she courageously fights her way to personal, spiritual and professional triumph. This inspiring production with live music will reaffirm that self-determination, love and faith can conquer the most insurmountable odds. Without a doubt, an engaging piece of theatre.

by Suzan-Lori Parks

In this 2002 Pulitzer Prize Winner, by one of America’s most celebrated playwrights, an eloquently profane story exposes the traps of being African American and male in the United States; and the mask these men must wear to survive. Brothers Lincoln and Booth are the cornerstones of this thrilling comic drama, giving us insight into the role of deception and betrayal in some Black men’s lives. What is set into motion on stage is pure theatrical excitement.

August 11-26
by Regina Taylor

When the remarkably talented playwright/actor Regina Taylor’s Gospel Musical reveals the storyabout six African-American women and the hats they wear to church, you know that you are in for the time of your life! As told over the course of a Sunday, we journey with these women as they attend church service, a wedding, a funeral and a baptism. Ultimately, we are gifted with the knowledge of what Black women had to go through just to wear a hat. You will unquestionably betranformed by the experience of finding out about these amazing women of color, through their amazing hats.



August 30
Crossroads Blues Festival

Blues men and women will join forces on the FJT stage to give you the Blues Music experience of a lifetime. Blues guitarists, keyboardists, drummers, harmonica players and singers will take you on a musical journey from the Delta to Chicago, and every Blues hotspot in between.

August 31

Old School R&B Concert
Featuring South Boulevard Band

Some of the best dance music came out of the sixties, seventies and even the eighties. Evanston’s own South Boulevard Band will once again bring their stellar brand of R&B and Funk Music to the FJT stage. Concerts begin at 7 p.m., but come early and enjoy a pre-concert Hecky’s Barbecue Dinner at 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee of $10 onsite.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Summertime Season 2017

Updated on 10/09/2017 11:24 AM