Kuntu Repertory Theatre Records and Dr. Vernell Lillie Papers
The Kuntu Repertory Theatre was founded in 1974 by Dr. Vernell Lillie and Rob Penny. For over 35 years, Kuntu was the predominant African-American performing arts group in Pittsburgh. With roots in the Black Arts Movement, Kuntu provided a platform for black artists and technicians and examined African-American experiences with the goal of creating personal growth and social change. The group staged over 100 productions before it ceased operations in 2013. This collection contains materials relating to Kuntu’s organizational history, it’s mission, and it’s theatre productions, such as scripts, designs, photographs, promptbooks, and audio-visual materials.