Maryam Fatima Foye
In 2006, the Hissing Black Cat Theater Company, LLC was established in Brooklyn, New York under the name Creative Revolt Theatre. The company was established by Maryam F. Foye to provide creative literacy training to transient and gang affiliated youth in the Crown Heights, Brownsville and Bedford- Stuyvesant neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
In 2007, Foye moved the company to Washington, DC. The company stopped producing programs from 2008 to 2011. Foye worked for organizations such as Paxen Learning Corporation, the African Continuum Theater Company, Synergy in Action Playback Theater Company and the DC Public School system. This time was spent learning the landscape of Washington, DC and its many small communities, studying policy and social movements and designing the companies creative aesthetic.
By 2011, Creative Revolt was re-branded as the Hissing Black Cat Theater Company, LLC, named by a group of Maryam’s fourth grade students. This re-brand was initiated by the team at Paxen Learning corporation requesting that Maryam officially offer her curriculum to their About Face students.
By 2016, HBC had opened a small performance venue in the Anacostia community of Washington, DC, launched the HBC International Cultural Exchange Project, produced its first TRIBEFESTDC arts for social impact convening and served over 14,000 people through workshops, performances and other theatre infused events.
In 2019, The company added 430 Creative Consulting to its repertoire, a project providing capacity building services to creatives and creative businesses with a community focus. The services are offered at below market rate and on a sliding scale for emerging artists with amazing ideas for creating a more just and equitable society.
The company also houses the first of over sixty operating Playback Theater companies in the country comprised of all women of color. HBC has been featured in theaters, schools and conferences throughout the United States, South Africa, West Africa and United Kingdom.
The company is headquartered in Washington, DC with a base in New Orleans, Louisiana.