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History

Our Namesakes

Where we came from. . .

Ekundayo Bandele was raised in New York. After attending Tennessee State University, writing and self-producing plays, and writing a novel, "Ek" settled in Memphis and quickly emersed himself in the arts. He dabbled in a few smaller artistic ventures before finally focusing all his energies on Hattiloo Theatre. The word 'Hattiloo' is a combination of the nicknames of Ekundayo's two daughters: Hatshepsut ("Hatti") and Oluremi ("Loo").

Ekundayo's civic involvement includes serving on the boards of The Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is a graduate of Leadership Memphis' Executive Class of 2010. For his contributions to Memphis, he has received visionary awards from the Center City Commission, the United Way of the Midsouth, J.U.G.S, and Impact Memphis, and he has also received a Congressional Certificate of Honor. Memphis Business Quarterly named him a "Power Player" (2010), and in 2008 he was voted one of "12 Who Made a Difference" by the Commercial Appeal.

Hattiloo Theatre is a black repertory theatre company that stages at least seven major productions and six special performances every season. Our goal is to highlight the diversity of Black artistic expression, including music, theatre, and dance. Hattiloo obtained its non-profit 501(c)(3) status in March of 2006 and produced its first full-length play on September 22nd of that same year. The Theatre is located at 656 Marshall Avenue, just off of Union Avenue (less than a block away from historic Sun Studio). Nestled perfectly between Downtown and Midtown, Hattiloo Theatre has taken its seat at the heart of Memphis' rapidly growing arts scene.