About
MUNTU

In the Bantu language, "muntu" means "the essence of humanity." It's what the Company seeks to express in its work and to touch in its audiences.

Through its performances, Muntu strives to create an atmosphere of communal participation, encouraging and inspiring audiences and participants to join in the celebration! 

Founded in 1972, The Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music, and folklore. A colorful and dynamic Company, Muntu brings its audiences out of their seats and into the aisles with its unique synthesis of dance, rhythm and song. 

The Company is highly regarded for its innovative repertory, preserving traditional African dance while creating new works that build on African, Caribbean and African-American cultural traditions. We carefully research the cultural and historical significance of the dances and the societies from which they originate. 

Muntu is more than just a performing company. We are also a company of teachers: an essential element to the perpetuation of our art form and its accurate transmittal to our audiences. Muntu's core programs include professional performances both at home and abroad, comprehensive community arts programs, classes for the public and professional training for emerging new young artists. 

We understand that there is merit in all cultures. We seek to appreciate the differences in order to amplify the similarities.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sidney Dillard, Chairperson

Leana Flowers, Vice Chairperson

Robert Rose, Treasurer

Barbara Jackson-Lee, Secretary

Al Perry

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR                                                                        Sekou "Tepaka Lunda" Conde

sekou@muntu.com

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT                                                        Antamani Lunda

mani@muntu.com

                

PROGRAM MANAGER                                                                           Delia Tyler

delia@muntu.com

ARTISTIC STAFF

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR                                                                      Amaniyea Payne

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR                                                                          Babu Atiba    

COMPANY MEMBERS

  • Babu Atiba

  • Malik Camara

  • Idy Ciss

  • Paul Cotton

  • Harry Detry

  • Brittany Walker

  • Monimia Macbeth

  • Jeremy Noah

  • Koya Odum

  • Amaniyea Payne

  • Clifton Robinson

  • Stacy Smith

  • Iddrisu Alhassan Abdulai

  • Idris Daniel

  • Papa Mangue Sylla

  • Da'vid Braswell

  • Enoch Williamson

APPRENTICE

  • Nicholas Brokemond

  • Indika Dullea

  • Courtney Franklin

  • Raivyn Jenkins

  • Nura Abdul-Matten

CONTACT US

Muntu Dance Thetare of Chicago

1809 E 71st ST, Suite 203. Chicago, IL 60649

Tel: 773-241-6080 / Fax: 773-241-6089

© 2019 Muntu Dance Theatre. 

OPENING HOURS

Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 6:30pm