The Harlem Reinassance Project

In September of 2020, the Jr. Studio Actors created The Harlem Renaissance Project, in which they explored poems from the extraordinary African American cultural movement a century before. This was a cherished experience and served the class’ mission of inclusion, decolonization of the canon and expression of our passion and commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement. This video is being shared as an offering from Illinois Theatre honoring Black History Month for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s community and beyond.


Adhering to thorough safety standards and COVID protocols, the poems were recited and recorded in The Krannert Center’s Tryon Festival Theatre. 

(runtime: 30 min.)