Sidney Poitier: I continued working as a dishwasher, and I learned that there were no other theatrical groups in Harlem at that time of the same caliber as was the American Negro Theatre.  And I decided that I wanted to — no, I learned that they had a school system where they taught acting and stuff. So I wanted to get in there.  I also learned that there were some very prestigious black actors and actresses who were affiliated with this.  So I set my sights there.  And I learned that they had auditions every three, six months, or so.  So I decided that I would go there and take an audition.