The Paul Robeson Theater is located at 40 Greene Ave. in the beautiful abandoned 19th century Church of St. Casimir, where for the last 30 years it has hosted theater productions, performances and events.
The theater was founded by Dr. Josephine English, the first African-American woman to practice OB/GYN in the state of New York. As a pioneer in her field, she delivered thousands of babies, including former Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown’s daughter and the six daughters of Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X. She opened the Adelphi Medical Center in 1979, and in 1980 founded the Paul Robeson Theater.
However, the years have taken their toll on the infrastructure of the building. In an attempt to rejuvenate both the physical space and the theater’s role in the rapidly changing community, it is reaching out to the community for donations, support, assistance and attendance for its many fundraising events. So stop by, take in a show, and find out what you can do to help keep community-based art strong in the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill neighborhood.