MPAACT consistently produces a season of outstanding world premiere productions. Through these productions, it exposes audiences to stories seldom told on America's stages. From the story of three immigrant sisters from Ethiopia, to a fifty-somethings musings on life, to the portrait of a young African American man on his first trip to Africa, MPAACT strives to be a company where artists can express and audiences can experience a myriad of realities of Black life.


The Reader 10/24/13

Warm on the Coolin Board
"The city don't want us here," observes Brian, echoing what's perhaps a common sentiment in Roseland, the neighborhood where Shepsu Aakhu's new play is partly set. A parallel story set in the after life suffers from fuzzy plotting, but ultimately offers a powerful articulation of Aakhu's key questions.

- Keith Griffith


Written by Shepsu Aakhu
at The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
April 15 - May 29, 2016

The word FERAL has been tagged on buildings across the city. FX (Francis Xavier), is behind this politically motivated campaign. He is young Black and full to bursting with ideas about himself and the world around him. On a warm night in late July FX and the local police share a moment of violence. The city and country respond...but what about FX, his family, his friends and the complex ideas that he hoped to communicate? In the national conversation "Black Lives Matter", FERAL looks at youth, idealism, and desperation. It all starts with a word spray painted on a wall.


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MPAACT (The Ma'at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theare) consistently produces a season of outstanding world premiere productions. With a vision focused on creating new work and collaborative art, MPAACT produces and educates with the goal of increasing understanding and appreciation of the realities of Black life. MPAACT exposes audiences to stories seldom seen on America's stages. and strives to develop opportunities to nurture and sustain artists of all disciplines.


MPAACT is seeking submissions of full-length original plays by African American and African Diaspora playwrights for its 2017-2018 season. Selected playwrights will be given development opportunities over the next year to prepare work for world premiere productions with our Chicago company. Female identified playwrights strongly encouraged to submit.

Submission Guidelines

Materials should be submitted electronically to, and include:

  • - Cover letter
  • - Brief biography
  • - Resume (optional)
  • - Synopsis, with casting breakdown
  • - Full script

Deadline for submission is June 21, 2016.

Questions about our programs can be directed to Demetria Thomas, Literary Development Manager, at