The Front Porch Arts Collective

W.E.B. Dubois said, “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.”

“The problem of the twenty first century is that of Identity and place.”  – Maurice Emmanuel Parent

The Front Porch Arts Collective is in residence at Central Square Theater.  The Collective is a new and exciting Boston-based Arts Collective founded in July 2016.

The Front Porch Arts Collective will examine the interactions between race, economics, culture, gender and sexuality from a Black and Brown perspective. We exist to make art that challenges notions of the Black and Brown experience, and we seek a deeper understanding of the struggle.  Additionally, we expose aspects of this experience in uniquely dynamic ways, and we are committed to providing opportunities for Black and Brown talent.  We are an inclusive organization, which interfaces with communities of color by using performance in all of its forms, both to examine the Black and Brown experience and to bolster Black and Brown art.

The Front Porch Arts Collective seeks to create a place where perspectives and experiences of Black and Brown people are no longer novelty, but an integral part of the global conversation.  By creating an atmosphere where people see the world through differing experiences we hope to foster greater understanding of the human condition that ultimately contributes to tolerance and empathy in our world.

The People
Maurice Emmanuel Parent – Artistic Lead
Dawn Meredith Simmons – Artistic Lead
Liana Asim – Playwright in Residence

The First Project of The Front Porch Arts Collective will be the God’s Closet Reading Series featuring the work of Marcus Gardley. The series is scheduled from March 2017 through March 2018 at the Central Square Theater.  We will work with six directors and many actors to bring the work of this playwright to Boston.

To directors and actors who wish to be considered for one of the readings, please email us at  We would appreciate hearing from you, as our May reading is still in development. Thank you for your interest!