“…the actress who played Prospero was humble and strong. Not a single cast member made us feel judged or less than, and her final monologue was sent through time, from Shakespeare by her…to us.”
Our projects take performances to unexpected places, support deep partnerships between artists and community members, facilitate dialogue on pressing political and social issues, and support the artist in everyone.
Nyabingha McDowell performed monologues and songs from RYSE Youth Center’s original period piece Richmond Renaissance about Black ownership: not only of property, but of self and community.
We believe in centering those most impacted by the questions at the heart of our storytelling. We collaborate with partners by lifting up each other’s work, sharing each other’s stories, and building community and civic participation.