Virginia Stage Company goes national

October 19, 2018 by  

The Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk has joined a national theater arts program by forming the Public Works Virginia Initiative.

The purpose of the organization is to connect the community to local theater arts. It was started not to just perform theater but create art with the community. This is part of a national program founded by Public Theater of New York, and the Virginia Initiative joins affiliates in other large cities.

The organization will offer classes in theater and acting. Some of the courses will be musical theater, play writing, improv, and puppetry. The Virginia Stage Company plans to work with many local groups as part of the movement, and produced a large-scale production at the Well Theater during Labor Day. It involved stage professionals and community members working together on a theater performance. Norfolk has printing services that design and provide poster printing for organizations or groups like this.

Some of the groups the Virginia State Company plans to work with are Chesapeake Parks, Access Virginia, Salvation Army, and Community Center of Hampton Roads.

Tom Quaintance, producing artistic director, says the new classes and programs will be in addition to the community and education already carried out.

The Virginia Stage Company will work with individual groups and tailor classes to their needs, while also developing the relationship between the Virginia Stage Company and the public.