"Within a flash life changing moments may occur."

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Quick Silver Theater Company (4WORDS) QSTC was established in response to the overwhelmingly male, Eurocentric dynamic of contemporary American theater to provide a counterweight, localizing our storytelling in a specificity of culture/race, class, gender, and sexuality that allows for a different kind of uncovering of truth, broadening the scope of our understanding, empathy, and engagement both as theater creators as well as theater consumers. Quick Silver Theater Company

is a sponsored project of

Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

Since our founding in 2013, QSTC has been dedicated to amplifying the collective voice, individual potential, and overall presence of people of color, women, and other marginalized groups within the American theatrical landscape. Whether onstage, backstage, or in the various areas of production, our mission is and has always been to cultivate space for the creative endeavors, artistic excellence, and intellectual exploration of BIPOC playwrights, directors, designers, stage-managers, and administrators.

Quick Silver Theater Company (QSTC) - 4WORDS 
A Black theater company. 
Our collective is made up of twelve active members: Tyrone Mitchell Henderson-Founder-Artistic Producer, Lizan Mitchell-Co Founder,
Pascale Armand, Candyce Adkins, Inga Ballard, 
Sergei Burbank, Brian Frank, Rachel Leslie,
Jody Reynard, Jasmine Rush, Keith Randolph-Smith, and Curtis Wiley. 

On Friday, November 19th 2021, QSTC began our 2022 BIPOC  Playwrights Submission process.
The deadline for submissions will be
Friday, December 17th,
EXACTLY at 5 o'clock pm EST.

Please note; The 2022 POCS Summit will focus on emerging playwrights.

The Michael Bradford Residency is focused on mid career playwrights only .

Applicants may only apply
for one of our 2022 Summit programs


QSTC Company Members
2021 Solidarity Statement

In 2021-2022, we are gearing up for our rebirth as a producing entity. It is time for us to renew our support of underproduced playwrights, firmly establish our NYC footprint, and easefully transition from virtual to live theater, or some combination therein.


Every single donation, no matter how big or small, that is invested in this Black owned business, will support the work of Black theater-makers. 

Your donations will be supporting our BIPOC playwright’s retreat, our student mentoring projects, and our dream of mounting a production. Please consider an investment in our continued ability to make work that matters! QSTC is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.


Together, we have the collective capability to manifest a world in service to the gift of life. We ask for your support in evolving new theater scenarios, that allow our hearts to open and soar. Informed and strengthened by the past, motivated by our power to succeed, let us forge a future that boldly probes the mystery of existence, which unveils insights just waiting to be discovered.






Rayshard Brooks

Jacob Blake

Daniel Prude

In 2021, as part of

Quick Silver Theater Company-QSTC-4WORDS 

programming,  we will be offering coaching sessions for BIPOC emerging actors.  If you are interested in scheduling a session, rates and mentorships with QSTC please email us HERE


We are Quick Silver Theater Company. QSTC - 4Words


We are dedicated to an artistic process deeply rooted in freedom. Freedom to soar beyond the limited imaginations that have traditionally surrounded Blackness and the myriad of Black experiences in the American Theater; freedom from the racism, oppression, and white supremacy that permeate the halls and stages of the most lauded theatrical and cultural institutions in our nation; freedom from the constraints and restrictions continually placed on our abilities, talents, and potential. 


We appreciate the statements of support from various theaters across the country, throughout our city, and we encourage and challenge those institutions to follow through with action. 


We take pride in the fact that, since the beginning, we have never been neutral. Black Lives Matter is the backbone of QSTC. We have always valued Black Lives. We have always exemplified tenacity, beauty and strength in adversity both on and offstage. 


For theaters seeking to do the work of BIPOC creatives and artists to elevate and cultivate a culture of equity and value, we have worked with and mentored many with which we would love to put you in contact. You need only ask; we can bridge you to them.


Moving forward, one thing is certain if it wasn’t clear before: You cannot tell our stories if you don't respect our lives. 


For creatives and artists who are seeking a place to be seen, heard, and valued DAILY, we are excited to work with you.

QSTC Playwrights of Color Summit Playwrights:


2016: Sergei Burbank, Guadalìs Del Carmen, and Shashone Lambert

2017: Sergei Burbank, Christina Nieves, and B.J. Tindal.

2018: Inés Del Castillo, Shelley Fort, and Quick Silver Theater Company Collaborative

2019: Solo Female Artists, Mia Y. Anderson, Ayesis Clay, Rhonda Khan, and Liz Morgan


QSTC Playwrights of Color Summit Directors:


2016: Justin Emeka, Awoye Timpo, and LA Williams

2017:  Rebecca S’Manga Frank, Caesar Williams, and LA Williams

2018: Kevin R. Free, Timothy Johnson, and Tyrone Mitchell Henderson

2019: Niccolo Aeed, Danielle Drakes, Bianca Laverne Jones, and Taylor Reynolds


QSTC 2020/2021 Virtual Summit participants:


Playwrights: Cynthia Robinson, and Phillip Christian Smith


2020/2021 Michael Bradford Residency Playwrights:


Playwrights: Pascale Armand, Renee’ Flemings, and Myxolydia Tyler


Dramaturgs: Taylor Barfield, Michael Bradford, A.J. Muhammad, and Arminda Thomas


Citizen One Reading Series Playwrights and Directors:

Thomas Brazzle – ‘Turner’                                                             Tyrone Mitchell Henderson – Director

Dwight R. B. Cook – ‘A Prayer’                                                      Tyrone Mitchell Henderson – Director

Jimonn Cole – ‘Organization of Dunsinane’                             Caesar Williams – Director

a.k. payne - ‘On Rayton’                                                                 Awoye Timpo – Director

Kamilah Bush – ‘What.’                                                                  Rachel Leslie – Director

Timothy Johnson – ‘Listening to the Trees’                              Tyrone Mitchell Henderson – Director

A. Emmanuel Leadon – ‘Short Rib’                                              Timothy Johnson – Director

Cynthia G. Robinson – ‘When Night Falls’                                 Caesar Williams – Director

Guadalìs Del Carmen – ‘My Father’s Keeper’                           Awoye Timpo – Director

Marco Antonio Rodriguez – ‘Bloom’                                            Rebecca S’Manga Frank – Director

Lisa Strum – ‘She Gon’ Learn’                                                        Candis C. Jones – Director


2019 Episcopal Actors Guild

Thomas Barbour Award


a.k. payne – ‘BURNBABYBURN: AN AMERICAN DREAM    Joniece Abbott-Pratt – Director

Kareem M. Lucas – ‘A Boy & His Bow’                                      Zoey Martinson – Director

Reynaldo Piniella – ‘Black Doves’ (Award Recipient)          Emily Lyon – Director


Virtual reading of Kamilah Bush's play

'Nick and the Prizefighter'

2021 Virtual Workshop

Tom Minter's play 'By Me You'll Never Know

Directed by Timothy Douglas

QSTC is a recipient of a matching grant from the GE Foundation
Quick Silver Theater Company is a 2017, 2019, and 2020 recipient of the
NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund
(A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program)
Quick Silver Theater Company
is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.
QSTC is a proud recipient of a Leon Levy Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant