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About The
African American

Drama Company

African American Drama Company

Established November 1977 in Urbana, Illinois USA

The African American Drama Company (AADC) is dedicated to making the world more aware of African American accomplishments.


Now in its 45th year, AADC has become the sole marketer and curator of Phillip E. Walker Acting Retrospective Series presentations during 2023 and beyond. Negotiations are underway for Juneteenth.Rocks to have its public World Premiere as a curtain warmer for the next PEWARS presentation. Unless some exciting new production(s) of Walker's becomes available, during this quarter year, videos in the Series will be: Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop The Feeling! official music video, Amtrak Capital Corridor's "Get On Board" commercial, Vahan Bedelian's WineGame short film, Skx's Weekend Superstars official musical video, the Edward's Health "Just Getting Started" industrial video, Ryan Stevens Harris' Sweetest Vacation short film, J. D. Mata's Spirit, Light & Love official music video, Rakuten's "The Cashback Shimmy with Steph Curry" commercial, Common's Say Peace official music video, "Courteney Cox on Instagram" and her Gallo Clos du Bois commercial, plus this hour of PhilE video viewing will close with a screening of 2022 Black History Month - a Phillip E. Walker Video Memoir.

Additionally, Phillip's 2022 Black History Month short documentary is now available to rent as a helper in organization's 2023 Black History Month celebrations.

Further, that Film's director and star is available to come and present his "2022 BHM" 15 minute movie, live & in-person during February of 2023:  2/1-15 in Southern & Central California, 2/16-20 in California's San Francisco Bay Area, 2/21-23 in the Denver, Colorado area and 2/24-28 in Northern Califonia.

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Since moving to Southern California in 2014, AADC has become a presenter of Phillip E. Walker short films. It continued that work last season by financing online availability of PhilE's petite motion pictures through the new Inland Empire Films Adding a different one of Walker's works every month, IEF strives to become the World's most artist friendly streaming film channel, through sharing with film makers a percent of GROSS Channel Subscription income plus.


AADC's long running, original, traveling Black History plays include: Phillip E. Walker's Can I Speak For You Brother? directed by Dr. Ethel Pitts Walker and published by That New Publishing Company; Charmain Crowell's Ain't I A Woman? directed by Phillip E. Walker; Lewis G. Tucker's Can I SING For You Brother? directed by Phillip E. Walker; Ed Bullins' High John da Conqueror-the musical directed by Lewis G. Tucker; Adilah Barnes in Sisters, Can I Speak For You? directed by Phillip E. Walker and Travis D. Walker's Love Machine directed by Phillip E. Walker.


We continue to dream of re-establishing the Institute of Dramatic Art with the world premiere of Ajene D. Washington's Almost September.

Having already shot its first annual http://Juneteenth.Rocks documentary depicting 2022 Inland Empire region of California celebrations in Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, San Bernardino and Upland, AADC is gearing up to produce a new such documentary of 2023 Juneteenth celebrations.

As our Company's youth wing, The Third Theatre Troupe traveled extensively thoughout the United States performing: Kwanzaa Musical, Thank You, Dr. King!Little Bill stories plus Black History Month youth assemblies. We look forward to producing a new Kwanzaa Tour next season performed for and by children & youth, which will spon the creation of a short film documentary.


Having recently retired as a San Jose State University Radio, Television, Film & Theatre Professor Emeritus, Dr. Ethel Pitts Walker is our Company's founding Executive Director who continues to hold that position to this date.


Now spending most of his time as prolific Hollywood talent, Master of Fine Arts conferred Phillip E. Walker still serves as the Company's first and only Artistic Director.

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