Founding Artistic Director of The Conciliation Project, Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates and Founding Artistic Director of TheatreLAB, Deejay Gray are excited to announce a year-long process to merge their organizations, creating a new social justice theatre company working at the intersection of art and activism.
Now Co-Artistic Directors, Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates and Deejay Gray will facilitate, with the support of The Conciliation Project and TheatreLAB, a fully transparent, community-driven merger process over the next twelve months. Their first production will open in July 2021.
From Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates: “At the intersection of Art and Activism, The Conciliation Project and TheatreLAB have found a common purpose. The work of TCP has always been able to find a space in The Basement of TheatreLAB to challenge ourselves and our audiences, to struggle, to explore and envision a future we want to build together. It is time we consolidate our efforts, as we work to dismantle systems, breakdown walls and barriers, and create new work, re-vision old work, and Do the Work of engaging, building, and empowering our community through the making of ART.”
From Deejay Gray: “We are living through an incredible moment in American History. Between the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic and the challenging yet empowering cultural shift launched by the Black Lives Matter movement, arts and culture organizations must look at their mission statements and ask ‘how can we meet this moment?’ With combined resources and a reinforced dedication to community support, The Conciliation Project and TheatreLAB are on a mission to become more effective agents of cultural change through the power of the performing arts.“
To celebrate the launch of this merger, The Conciliation Project and TheatreLAB will hold a Virtual Town Hall on Sunday, August 2nd at 4pm to answer questions, share more information, and begin the process. This partnership will be housed at The Basement, a performing arts and culture venue located in Richmond’s downtown arts district and historic Jackson Ward.