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.
Since moving to Southern California in 2014, AADC has become a presenter of Phillip E. Walker short films. It continues that work next 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.
As our Company's youth wing, The Third Theatre Troupe has 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 your children.
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 a prolific Hollywood actor, Master of Fine Arts conferred Phillip E. Walker still serves as the Company's first and only Artistic Director.