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The Lower Bottom Playaz Est. 1999 
Founding Director Ayodele "WordSlanger" Nzinga, MFA, PhD



Announcing: Janga's House
Cultural Practitioner: Ayodele Nzinga
Funded by: Just Cities: Belonging in Oakland
“If your story is always told from the outside – how can it be your story?”Janga’s House will delve into this question along with communal memories of place and narratives of thriving in the post-gentrification “sundown town” of Oakland. Writer and theater artist Ayodele Nzinga, playwright Cat Brooks, and a cohort of Black women film and stage writers will research and develop a theater piece that explores Black voices unmodulated by the gaze of white supremacy. Through community interviews, participatory research, and healing practices, the project centers Black Aesthetics as central to Oakland’s past, present, and future.
Accepting resumes for the inaugural cohort from Black female film and stage writers, storytellers, and local historians.

Announcing: T. O. W. N. TV
The Oakland Woman's Network seeks a founding board and visionaries to collaborate on the roll-out of a new Oakland based television station. Content creators looking for distribution opportunities and small businesses looking for innovative advertising advantages encouraged to inquire. Register now to stay up to date on this new community asset. Inquiries to: Contact us at

Open Casting Call
Submit resumes and headshots now for consideration in March 2021 open call for Lower Bottom Playaz Season 21 & Season22. Resumes and headshots to Contact Us

Black House 
- by Cat Brooks  |   Riot - by David Talley  |   Flowers for the Trashman - by Marvin Jackmon   |   Bathroom Graffiti Queen - by Opal Palmer Adisa  |   Journey of Names - by Will Crossman  |   Janga's House  |   TOWN TV

Accepting submissions for international art and culture festival in August of 2021.
Seeking: Musical acts, poets, workshop facilitators, curators, podcasters, filmmakers, dancers, and other cultural offerings of interest to the Black diaspora.

Scripts solicited January - April 2021.

Resumes accepted for 2021 hires.

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Project Manager
  • Video Producers
  • Station Manager (television)
  • Communications Director
  • Teaching Associates for Summer Theater Day Camp



The Lower Bottom Playaz -- Founding Director Ayodele "WordSlanger" Nzinga, MFA, PhD

 The only troupe on earth to chronologically produce August Wilson's 10 Play Cycle American Century Cycle. The originators of Shakespeare in the Yard Series, (Shakespeare in the Hood), Ebony & Johnny and Mack: A Gangsta's Tale written about by Scott Newstock and TL Barnes in their academic coverage of urban adaptations of Shakespeare. We are the company that located the Black Canon in West Oakland by site specific adaptation -- Baldwin's Amen Corner and Hansberry's 'Raisin,' the creators of original theater, Mama at Twilight: Love by Death, Beyond the Bars, Mama's Letters. The presenters of Oakland CA's first Black Arts Movement Theater Festival, Collective Acts Producers of BAMBDFEST 2019 & BAMBDFEST 2020


The Lower Bottom Playaz & BAMBD, CDC
presents BAMBDFEST:2020

BAMBDFEST:2020 is a multi-day virtual festival in celebration of the Black Arts Movement Business District and Black arts, culture, and economics in Oakland, CA. The month-long festival in August 2020 is being produced by the Lower Bottom Playaz, Inc. in collaboration with BAMBD, CDC. The work is funded by a Creative California Communities grant from the California Arts Council, Akonadi Foundation, Community Coalition for Equitable Development, Theater Bay Area, NETS, and Zellerbach Foundation, under the artistic direction of Dr. Ayodele Nzinga. The Festival will consist of performances by theater artists, musicians, dancers, comics, poets, youth groups and town legends.  It will feature an eclectic mix of free and paid arts events, gallery installations, ways to support virtual vendors, virtual public symposiums, fundraisers for a community causes, auctions of art, a film festival, and more that showcase the best of Oakland's vibrant artistry. The festival will engage Oakland artists,  businesses, and the public in a massive celebration of Oakland, and the history and importance of the rich contributions of The Black Arts Movement to the State of California and the world beyond. This year the festival is a series of virtual events. If we are able in August to bring parts of it to you live we will. We are responding to events as they unfold and will take advantage of this moment to begin our virtual archives, offer resources, and  continue to be of service to community.


BAMBD, Community Development Corporation of Oakland, was created to help organize, focus, and activate the District in a manner that enables maximum benefit to Black communities, serves to inform a national model for marginalized communities, and reflects positively on the City of Oakland's rich history of actively seeking justice. The activation of BAMBD is a work in progress and a grand undertaking that has the intention of creating a world-class Art’s district that is reflective of its name and those whom it seeks to commemorate. The non-profit is an arts service and advocacy organization dedicated to creating positive outcomes for Oakland's Black communities, by supporting dynamic organizations and programming to ensure sustainability of Black communities in Oakland for generations to come. We will accomplish that by promoting and advocating for Black artist, culture makers, businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs, by being instrumental in creating, advocating for, and facilitating opportunities for artists, culture makers, Black businesses, entrepreneurs, and community members. 


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