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Dr. Felecia McMillan poses for a picture with Ossie Davis at the 1991 National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, NC. The famous actor, writer, producer and director, co-chaired the 1991 Festival with his wife, actress Ruby Dee.

Dr. Felecia Piggott McMillan, author of Open Hand Publishing’s forthcoming book, The North Carolina Black Repertory Company: The First 25 Years, teaches Theater Arts and English at George Washington Carver High School in Winston-Salem, NC. In 2002, she received her Ph.D. in English with specializations in African American Literature and Southern Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. McMillan has been actively involved with the North Carolina Black Repertory Company since its founding in 1979. She has attended every production since that time, and currently she is a member of the NCBRC Guild Board. In 2002, Dr. McMillan wrote her dissertation, Locating the Neo-Black Aesthetic: Playwrights of the North Carolina Repertory Company React to the Black Arts Movement. Her involvement with the NCBRC has influenced her in all areas of her life, from teaching Theater Arts and writing her dissertation, to now completing her first published book with Open Hand Publishing. She says of her long-time relationship with the group and the artistic movement happening right in her home town of Winston-Salem, “The Black Arts playwrights and poets inspired me as a young girl coming of age. The spirituality of Dr. Maya Angelou gives me hope.”

The North Carolina Black Repertory Company was founded in 1979 by Larry Leon Hamlin as the first, Black professional theater company in North Carolina. The NCBRC has continued to serve as one of the premier Black theater companies in the United States with its roots firmly planted in the ongoing struggle for Black liberation. The NCBRC also hosts the internationally acclaimed biennial National Black Theater Festival. The NCBRC is located in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. McMillan’s book, The North Carolina Black Repertory Company: The First 25 Years, will be the first book solely devoted to the group.