Leadership: Lorna C. Hill, Artistic Director / Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Executive Director
Ujima Company Inc. is a multi-ethnic professional theatre company whose primary purpose is the preservation, perpetuation and performance of African American theatre by providing working opportunities for established artists and training experience for aspiring artists.
Ujima Company was founded in 1978 under the sponsorship of the now-defunct Center for Positive Thought. Lorna C. Hill established its collective and initiated the training for the performance ensemble. The ensemble is now the longest established acting company in Buffalo.
Ujima’s strength lies in its reliability and the consistency of its artistic vision. For three decades, in production after production, the company has provided diverse Western New York audiences with solid, professional theater experiences. While it is firmly rooted in the many traditions of African-American theater, Ujima includes in its long history productions from the traditions of other people of color, from other countries and cultures, and from the all-encompassing spectrum of traditional and contemporary American theater. Ujima is constantly growing, evolving, improving.
The company is known for a broad selection of plays that are daring and provocative, topical and diverse, humorous or serious but always engaging. In the semi-circular intimacy of TheaterLoft, the company’s home, Ujima has staged dramas, comedies, musicals, and world premiers, as well as collaborative productions with other theater companies. Ujima is unpredictable, unafraid, and unsurpassed.