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Barbara Ann Teer

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Arts Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Pink
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Thailand
Favorite Quote:
Right On.

Birthplace

Born:
6/18/1937
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Arts Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Pink
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Thailand
Favorite Quote:
Right On.

Birthplace

Born:
6/18/1937
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Founder and CEO of the National Black Theatre, Inc., Barbara Ann Teer was born in East St. Louis, Illinois on June 18, 1937, to a family of educators and leaders in the field of community development. After graduating magna cum laude with her degree in dance education from the University of Illinois, Teer moved to New York City to begin her career as an actress, dancer, and director.

In the 1960s, Teer left show business to begin teaching at Harlem's Wadleigh Junior High School; her methods helped to develop the Group Theatre Workshop, which became the foundation for the world renowned Negro Ensemble Company. In 1968, Teer founded the National Black Theatre with the aim of maintaining and developing African American cultural traditions. In 1983, Teer expanded the purpose and vision of the National Black Theatre by purchasing a 64,000 square foot city block of property on 125th Street and Fifth Avenue, creating the first revenue generating black art complex in the country by housing several entrepreneurial businesses.

In May 1994, Teer was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Rochester, New York; in 1995, she received an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters from the University of Southern Illinois. Teer is included in Who's Who Worldwide, which recognizes her as a global business leader and has received more than sixty awards and citations. Teer passed away on July 21, 2008 at the age of 71. She leaves behind two children: her son, Michael F. Lythcott, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University's Business School and her daughter, Barbara A. Lythcott, is a graduate of New York University.

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer passed away on July 21, 2008, at the age of seventy-one.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Barbara Ann Teer's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Barbara Ann Teer lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Barbara Ann Teer describes her parents' family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Barbara Ann Teer recalls attending Bennett College for a year
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Barbara Ann Teer describes her training in dance and theatre
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Barbara Ann Teer recalls her sister's activism and her decision to leave acting
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Barbara Ann Teer describes growing up in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Barbara Ann Teer describes herself as a child and her experience with racism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Barbara Ann Teer describes her schooling in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Barbara Ann Teer remembers the pressure to adapt to mainstream culture
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Barbara Ann Teer describes her childhood home in East St. Louis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Barbara Ann Teer describes her neighborhood in East St. Louis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Barbara Ann Teer recalls notable figures from East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Barbara Ann Teer describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Barbara Ann Teer recalls attending church and school in East St. Louis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Barbara Ann Teer recalls traveling in Europe after college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Barbara Ann Teer recalls her experience at New York City's Henry Street Settlement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Barbara Ann Teer describes her experience as a theatre actress
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Barbara Ann Teer contrasts her modern dance training to black dance
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Barbara Ann Teer recalls writing for The New York Times
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Barbara Ann Teer describes founding the Group Theatre Workshop
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Barbara Ann Teer describes the beginning of the Negro Ensemble Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Barbara Ann Teer describes co-founding the Black Arts Movement in Harlem
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Barbara Ann Teer describes Harlem in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Barbara Ann Teer talks about The Last Poets
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Barbara Ann Teer talks about Amiri Baraka
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Barbara Ann Teer recalls playwrights Historymaker Paul Carter Harrison and Joseph Walker
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Barbara Ann Teer reflects upon black theatre
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Barbara Ann Teer reflects upon her role in the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Barbara Ann Teer describes her experience in Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Barbara Ann Teer reflects upon the spirituality of her work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Barbara Ann Teer describes her experience at FESTAC in Nigeria in 1977
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Barbara Ann Teer describes her experience visiting Nigeria in 1977 and 1984
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Barbara Ann Teer describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Barbara Ann Teer reflects upon the black arts and theatre community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Barbara Ann Teer reflects upon her life and career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Barbara Ann Teer reflects upon the importance of history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Barbara Ann Teer describes the transformation of Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Barbara Ann Teer reflects upon the gentrification of Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Barbara Ann Teer reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Barbara Ann Teer recalls FESTAC in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Barbara Ann Teer recalls meeting Malcolm X
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Barbara Ann Teer recalls HistoryMaker Melvin Van Peebles and divorcing Godfrey Cambridge
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Barbara Ann Teer reflects upon the need to re-interpret black history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Barbara Ann Teer reflects upon the power of theatre
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Barbara Ann Teer reflects upon the sustainability of the National Black Theatre
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Barbara Ann Teer narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Barbara Ann Teer narrates her photographs, pt. 2