AAMPA Griot Lab

Introducing the AAMPA Griot Lab

The word griot means “a member of a hereditary caste in African culture whose function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village and to entertain with stories, poems, songs, dances, etc.” LAB is an abbreviation for laboratory which is a building or designated area where scientific experiments, analyses, and research are carried out. So, like its origin words, the AAMPA GRIOT LAB is a place where African American masters (griots) will teach, examine, and present works that honor the history of black performance art to continue our legacy of artistic excellence and pay tribute to our countless contributions to landscape of American culture and arts.

FALL 2022

AAMPA Co-Founder Harry Lennix will conduct a dynamic acting course this September at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival!

This two-phased master course will cover theory, scene work and the obligations of an actor.

Saturday September 3, 2022

1:00pm – 6:00pm Eastern Time

PHASE I: Acting: Theory

1:00pm – 3:30pm

Different components of the craft

Ontological elements—existence of being

What are the obligations of being an actor?


3:30pm – 4:00pm

PHASE II: Scene Work

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Examining the process of translating theory into action




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