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Our Stories. Our Voices.


Collaborative Artists Bloc (CAB) brings dynamic and immersive performing arts experiences to communities of color. We explore cultural identity, promote social change, and build empathy to the full spectrum of our individual realities. We are dedicated to bringing together artists to collaborate and create content of human and artistic value for social change. Our goal is to create art that impacts and shapes the world around us. 




CAB is excited to announce that we were selected by Support Black Theatre (SBT) to participate in their New Works Pipeline Series. Through this opportunity, we are thrilled to be presenting the Los Angeles premiere of Lines in the Dust by Nikkole Salter, Los Angeles-born writer and Obie Award-winning actress, and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts within Howard University's Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts. 

SBT is a service organization dedicated to capacity-building Black theatres, developing Black artists, and cultivating Black audiences in Los Angeles. SBT’s groundbreaking Pipeline Series offers resources for the reading of new Black plays by Los Angeles Black playwrights.


by Nikkole Salter - LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

Two mothers. Two neighborhoods. Two schools. Two futures.
When Denitra loses the charter school lottery for her daughter, she must find another way to escape from their underperforming neighborhood school. The answer seems like a risk well worth taking, but may end up requiring a bigger sacrifice than she ever could have imagined.

Lines in the Dust had a sold-out staged reading as part of SBT’s New Works Pipeline on November 6, 2022. 

Next up, the play will be part of SBT’s Talk Forward, a community engagement initiative that invites the community to engage in the theater-making process from its early stages. Like the Pipeline readings, Talk Forward also forges supportive relationships between theater artists, attendees, and local Black-owned businesses, nurturing a multifaceted(?) Black ecosystem in LA. Talk Forward will feature community events around Lines in the Dust in Winter 2023. 

Finally, the Pipeline project will culminate in a full production of Lines in the Dust, directed by CAB Co-Artistic, Director Desean K. Terry, in Summer 2023.

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If your dream is only about you it is too small.

-Ava Duvernay


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