Achieving the Dream: Skyloft Players

Skyloft Players

In 1941, noted poet, author, and playwright Langston Hughes founded the Skyloft Players in Chicago. On a monthly budget of $30, this black community theater mounted plays, offered classes, encouraged playwrights, and engaged the community in social activism through artistic expression. The group's first director, Helen Spaulding, spoke to the group's commitment to perform works from the black perspective by stating, "This is a theater OF the people FOR the people BY the people." (Source: Library of Congress)