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Welcome to the Ebony Showcase Theatre Online

The pictures below show historic events and productions at the award-winning Ebony Showcase Theatre, where famous performers showcased their talent and helped to train kids.

In 1950 Nick and his wife, Edna, founded the Ebony Showcase Theatre, the first African American-owned legitimate theater in Los Angeles. They received many prestigious awards for their accomplishments.

Nick and Edna Stewart, known affectionally as Mimi and Papa, are shown above (circa 1985)

Nick Stewart at the opening of Spash Mountain at Disneyland.

Walt Disney chose Nick Stewart to be the voice of Brer Bear in Song of the South (1946). Nick revived the voice in the Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland.

He was a pioneer in Vaudeville, Stage, Radio, Movies, and Television; he also played Lightnin', the janitor, in the "Amos 'n Andy" TV series. Nick Stewart also played the part of Lightnin' on the Amos 'n' Andy TV show, Willie, the guide in Ramar of the Jungle, Dink in Carmen Jones, and more. Nick was a dancer, comedian, and actor, and was a featured performer in vaudeville, radio, stage, motion pictures, and television.

Although the theater buildings were demolished by the Community Redevelopment Agency in 1998, our theater's mission ("education, artistic, and cultural enrichment, through entertainment") is continued via projects, services, this website, the internet, and various venues.

Nick and Daughter, Valarie, in 1998.

Nick Stewart and daughter, Valarie

Nick and Edna Stewart their lives to helping others through the non profit Ebony Showcase Theatre and Cultural Arts Workshop. Daughter, Valarie, is dedicated to keep their legacy and vision alive. Please help by volunteering, sharing, or donating to the cause.

Click here to contact daughter, Valarie Stewart. We are a 501(c)(3) charity with viable current projects and viable plans for the future. You are invited to join our team or to make a tax deductible contribution of goods or money.

Building and Projects Fund

All contributions are tax-deductible. Please lend your support to our project: We have an immediate need to raise at least $50,000, seed money, for books, computers and equipment for our Internet Broadcasting World Component, for space costs, rennovation, refurbishing and maintenance, fuel and transportation costs for field trips and meetings, office supplies such as toner, DVDs, CDs, Paper for flyers to distribute, and miscellaneous expenses. We are also searching for a kennel for rescued dogs and cats.

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The Award-Wnning Ebony Showcase Theatre has a 65 year legacy of presenting quality entertainment.

The picture below, taken on the stage of the Ebony Showcase Theatre November 28, 1973, shows Nick and Edna Stewart receiving an award from Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, surrounded by cast members of Norman Is That You and staff of the Los Angeles County Museum of Science and Industry.

The Ebony Showcase Theatre and Cultural Arts Workshop, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non profit charity that has helped thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds from 1950 to the present.

Although the theater buildings were taken in eminent domain and demolished in 1998 by the Community Redevelopment Agency which claimed that the buildings suffered extensive earthquake damage, the Ebony Showcase transformed, adapted, and did not close. Instead, we continue to provide entertainment, resources, and charitable services on the internet and in the community.

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We received a contribution of over 100 reel-to-reel audio tapes of Old Time Radio Shows. We will digitize the shows and make them available on CD and at, our internet radio station.
We're going to offer screenings of movies at our Community Resource House.
Coming Soon!! Online classes and workshops.

The Archive of American Television, a Division of the non-profit Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation, interviewed 800 television pioneers and has posted over 200 videotaped interviews online. It is their ultimate goal to be the world's largest and most advanced oral history collection on the history of television. The archive's subjects include all professions within the television industry. Examples include: actors Alan Alda, Ossie Davis, Michael J. Fox, James Garner, Mary Tyler Moore,[2] William Shatner, and Dick Van Dyke; producers Norman Lear, Carl Reiner, Chris Carter, Steven Bochco, Phil Rosenthal, Sherwood Schwartz, Fred Rogers and Dick Wolf; newscasters Walter Cronkite, Ed Bradley, Bob Schieffer and David Brinkley; executives Fred Silverman, Sumner Redstone, Leslie Moonves, Robert Johnson, Kay Koplovitz, Frank Stanton and Ted Turner; costume designers Bob Mackie and Nolan Miller; choreographers Tony Charmoli and Cyd Charisse; writers Roy Huggins, Tad Mosel, Sidney Sheldon, Abby Mann and Ann Marcus. The selection process is chaired by a committee of television executives and industry professionals. Only 25 interviewees are selected per year. There are now a total of 802 interviews in the Archive of American Television.

Nick Stewart was the 19th person that the Archive of American Television selected.

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Nick & Edna and the Ebony Showcase

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Karen L. Herman, Director of Production and Research, for the Archive of American Television wrote a letter to Valarie Stewart, daughter of Nick and Edna Stewart, that said, "We are glad that we were able to help preserve your father's legacy.

Nick Stewart - Archive of American Television

Watch clips and movies from Nick Stewart's Filmography.

A Word From Valarie Stewart: The Ebony Showcase Theatre is a 501(c)(3) award-winning non profit charity founded in 1950 by my parents, Nick and Edna Stewart. My father was an early pioneer in vaudeville, radio, stage, movies, and television. He is remembered as the voice of Brer Bear in Disney's animated movie, Song of the South (1946) and Disneyland's Splash Mountain Ride, and Lightnin' on the Amos 'n Andy TV show; but he did much more than that. My purpose here is to raise awareness and to contnue my parent's mission and dreams.

Each white building shown in this photo, plus a house not shown in the photo, was part of the theater complex. The entire complex, including a house not shown in the picture, was taken in eminent domain by the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency and demolished in an urban renewal project using HUD money that had been earmarked as potential loans for existing businesses, but was retained by the agency. . The theater ediface was demolished in 1998, the rest of the complex was demolished, building-by-building. Redevelopment and its abuses were abolished by Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Supreme Court and officially ended in 2012, too late to save our buildings.

Contrary to propaganda and rumors on the internet and elsewhere, we have no affiliation with the City-owned Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, nor with the Ebony Repertory Theater that is housed there. They are often confused with our organization because their theater was built where our buildings once stood.

Thank you to everyone who supported our projects over the years. We still need your encouragement and support. We welcome your ideas. This is a monumental task that I cannot accomplish alone. If you are a fan of my parent's work, and if my father entertained you, please click the Contact Us link to find out how you can help continue their goals and honor their legacy. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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