Theatre Events

The Center for Southern Literary Arts Presents

the First Memphis Literary Arts Festival

Founded and presented by the Center for Southern Literary Arts (, the first annual Memphis Literary Arts Festival ( will take place June 16, 2018 and strives to be a world-class festival celebrating storytelling and the city’s unique arts, culture, and historical legacies. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature a street fair, musical performances, and literary work from a broad cross-section of storytellers. #MLAF is proud to make its home in the historic Edge District, an intersection of industry and culture since the city’s earliest days. By featuring renowned, award-winning authors from across the globe alongside exceptional local writers, artists, and civic leaders, we celebrate the stories of those folks most marginalized by region, race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and/or citizenship.

The CSLA is a 501(c)(3) organization and was founded in 2017 by writers & native Memphians Jamey HatleyMolly Rose Quinn, and Zandria F. Robinson.




The Center for Southern Literary Arts Presents Dinner

at the Hibiscus Salon

The Center for Southern Literary Arts annual benefit, Dinner at the Hibiscus Salon, takes place this year at Premiere Palace Ballroom, 629 Monroe AvenueJune 15, 2018 from 6 PM to 9 PM. The evening features a special four-course dinner and cocktails designed by renowned Chef D. Arthur, a performance by Americana star Adia Victoria, a reading from award-winning southern writer Kiese Laymon, and work from acclaimed documentary photographer Andrea Morales. Individual General Admission tickets are $85, and individual VIP tickets, which include access to the author reception on June 16th, are $250. Tables of eight are available for $1,000. Sponsorships are available; contact admin AT southernliteraryarts DOT org. for more information. The dinner benefits all CSLA programming, including the Lyceum Mainstage, youth writing workshops, and The Tiny Temple Reading Series.

The CSLA is a 501(c)(3) organization and was founded in 2017 by writers & native Memphians Jamey HatleyMolly Rose Quinn, and Zandria F. Robinson.

Buy tickets here.


“I Am Thankful” Free Theatre Performance 11/19/15 @ 5 PM

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Stax Music Academy is excited to present our 3rd Annual Black History Month Production, “Peace, Love and Soulsville” at Minglewood Hall on February 26th! I am even more excited to extend an invitation for you to attend to the production. This year’s show will be a review of Black culture during the 70s, 80s and 90s through the lens of music, fashion and dance.


Event: Black History Month Production “Peace, Love and Soulsville”

Date: Wednesday, February 26th

Time: 7:30pm, doors open at 6:30pm

Location: Minglewood Hall

Cost: $10 General Admission

Tickets are available at Minglewood Hall; all proceeds will benefit the students at Stax Music Academy. 

Please direct all questions, comments and concerns to Melody Barham at


Melody Barham

Community Engagement & Auxiliary Affairs Manager

Stax Music Academy

926 E. McLemore Ave.

Memphis, TN  38104

LOC FlyerYou Can’t Hold Me Down!


An inspirational play written by Joy Henderson

Saturday, March 8, 2014 – Doors open at 2:00 pm

$10 cost for tickets

An Evening with Louis Gossett, Jr., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7:00pm

University of Memphis, University Center Theatre

Celebrate an evening with Louis Gossett, Jr., an American actor. He is best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Fiddler in the 1977 ABC television miniseries “Roots.” Gossett has also starred in numerous film productions including A Raisin In The Sun, Skin Game and Travels with My Aunt. There is no cost to attend. Early arrival is suggested.


Civil Rights in Memphis Luncheon & Panel Discussion, Wednesday, Feb. 26., 11am-3pm

University Center Bluff Room

There is no cost to attend. Early arrival is suggested. More information available online at


Volunteer Expo Tuesday, Feb. 25, 3:00pm-6:00pm

Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave.

Dozens of Mid-South nonprofit organizations will be available in one location for community members to learn about programs and volunteer opportunities. Whether you’re interested in volunteer opportunities, becoming a board member, researching which nonprofit you want to donate to, or just interested in what your community has to offer, please attend. No reservations are required.


Professional Connections Lunch, Friday, Feb. 28, 12:30pm-2:00pm

University of Memphis University Center (Room UC342)

Professional Connections brings business and community leaders together with bright and motivated students for fun, interactive discussions and exercises centered on leadership.  It’s a great way to meet business and community leaders, along with sharing some expertise and insight with top students at U of M. This event is free.  RSVP at

Black Power Film Series Presents, King: A Filmed Record, Friday, Feb. 21, 6:00pm

University of Memphis, University Center

Presented by Subliminal Thought and the Memphis Progressive Student Alliance. In memory of Dr. King, join us for the special screening of a rare documentary which covers King’s life from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.

Orange Mound Film Debuts TONIGHT

Orange Mound, Tennessee: America’s Community Film

1/ 7, Malco Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall, 7:00pm
1/15, Malco Studio on the Square, 2105 Court St., 7:00pm

At its peak in the 1940s-1970s, Orange Mound was a thriving community and it became the second largest African-American community outside of Harlem. Orange Mound, Tennessee: America’s Community is a winner of the Soul of Southern Film Award at the 2013 Indie Memphis Film Fest. Purchase Online Tickets:


Orange Mound Film

Tweens and Teens –  Join us for Playwriting Palooza!

After-School Creative Writing Program

February 6 – February 27 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM.
Workshop days: Wednesday 6, 13, 20, and 27.

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library – Room L-56

This event is open to teens 13 – 18.


To request an application, please call 901-415-2871 or email

romeo and juliet teen auditions

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