The Carpetbag Theater Inc.


The Carpetbag Theatre is both a producing and presenting ensemble theater company rooted in the traditions and aesthetic of the African-American community. Carpetbag has been touring original works for and with disenfranchised communities for more than forty years. They have also sponsored week-long residencies with renowned artists and companies such as Will Power, Junebug Productions, Teo Castellanos, Anu Yadav, Teada Productions, Comphania Urbana de Danca, Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, Universes, Yissy and High Speed Cuban Jazz, Cultural Odyssey and many more. Carpetbag is the only National Performance Network presenter in the state of Tennessee and their presenting history is perhaps the most diverse in the region, unwaveringly highlighting the work of artists of color throughout the country.

Carpetbag Theater Logo

Parris-Bennett Digital Storyhouse Logo, designed by Black Atticus AKA Joseph Woods

Carpetbag TheaterBetween A Ballad and A Blues

Between A Ballad and A Blues, featuring Rising Appalachia and Carpetbag Theatre Ensemble Performers Linda Hill, Kelle Jolly, and Mikael Merchant. Photo: Samiyyah Bailey 

The Carpetbag Theatre's Institute for Life Learning Thru the Arts, class of 2016. Photo: Josh Outsey

Carpetbag Theater Speed Killed My Cousin

Ashley Wilkerson and Starr Releford in the Houston Production of Speed Killed My Cousin. Photo: Courtesy Carpetbag Theatre