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Ujima means "collective work and responsibility"

Ujima Company’s strength lies in its reliability, the consistency of its artistic vision, and its adherence to the principles embodied by the Swahili word for which it is named. For four decades, under the leadership of Lorna C. Hill, founder and artistic director, 1978-2020, the company has provided diverse Western New York audiences with solid, professional theatre experiences. While firmly rooted in the many traditions of African-American theatre, Ujima includes in its long history, productions from the traditions of other people of color, from other countries and cultures, and from the all-encompassing spectrum of traditional and contemporary American theatre. Ujima is constantly growing, evolving, improving.

Thank you to all those who helped contribute to our August showcase in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement. You all spoke your truth and gave rise to power. Throughout the remainder of this year we will continue to highlight this movement for justice and focus in on the many voices that contribute to the movement. This month we make space for the powerful women and female identifying voices in our movement. Guidelines for submissions are as follows:

  • Can be original or recreated work (ex. singing a song from another artist)

  • Can be any art form/medium (ex. visual art, song, dance, movement, monologue, poetry etc.)

  • Video submissions should be no longer than 3 minutes max 

  • Videos need to be recorded in landscape (horizontal orientation)

  • Videos should be captured with good lighting and sound

Our #ArtThatHeals Project is also a way for you to submit works in tribute specifically to Lorna. If you have dedicated pieces or messages we welcome you to share those as well.

Image by Mona Eendra


Our final show of the series, In Her Own Words, is being reimagined in a different form. While we are unable to gather together at Silo City we will still be able to experience the power of our poets at a later date. Stay tuned!


Ujima Company is proud to announce our 3 part SPOKEN series in partnership with Pure Ink Poetry! The series will run for three consecutive Sundays beginning Sunday September 20th.

The Spoken series highlights voices of Women, Men, Nonbinary, and gender nonconforming artists within the literary and arts communities. The goal is for their voices and their stories to be heard, listened to, and understood while building a sense of community in art that allows us to connect through our most uncensored human experiences through the art forms of poetry, music, and theatre.

All events are taking place at Silo City beginning at 4PM. Doors open at 3:30PM.

Seating is limited so arrive early to get a spot!

All patrons should bring their own seating/chair and masks are required to enter the event. 

Donations will be graciously accepted at the door. 

Any questions? Please email boxoffice@ujimacoinc.org or call us at 716-281-0092

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