Theatre VCU takes great pride in its ability to provide cultural enrichment to the greater VCU community. The department is very proud of its rich and productive association with many Richmond-based theatres such as Barksdale Theatre, Theatre IV, Firehouse Theatre, Swift Creek Mill Dinner Theatre, The Triangle Players, Chamberlayne Actors Theatre and many area high schools. Theatre faculty and alumni hold major staff positions at many of the above-named theatres. Dr. Noreen Barnes serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Richmond Triangle Players.
During the spring of 2010, Theatre VCU collaborated with Barksdale Theatre to produce The Grapes of Wrath at their Willow Lawn Facility. Under the direction of Theatre VCU faculty member Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates and designed by Theatre VCU design majors, the production featured a unique and exciting blend of Equity actors and VCU students.
Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates developed a new play with the Daily Planet (A Comprehensive Health Services and Activities Center Serving the Homeless and Underprivileged of Greater Richmond) and the Conciliation Project that will focus on “Addiction” and “homelessness.” The project will build on the success of the previous collaboration SPADES: a book without a cover performed at the Firehouse Theatre and invited to The Kennedy Center.
Theatre VCU also provides several mid-week morning performances of our mainstage productions specifically for area middle and high school students. The ticket prices for these performances are greatly discounted in order to attract a broad student audience. Very often this is the first time many public school students have ever been exposed to live theatre. After each performance Theatre VCU provides a “talk back” with the cast, crew and director of the production where the audience is able to ask questions and expand their theatre experience.