Penumbra Theatre is launching a new commissioning platform, the Ashe Lab. The interdisciplinary residency will nurture black artists to create beautiful, radical, life-giving art that answers the communities’ most pressing needs. Penumbra will support an inaugural cohort of emerging artists through a two-year program. The artists will have time to develop and produce new work—work that asks us to reckon with our own power to produce change.
Penumbra staff will support the cohort with space, materials, workshops, guest speakers, dramaturgy, technical support, and facilitated, ongoing community conversations. The cohort will also have direct access to the Givens Collection for African American Literature at the University of Minnesota. It is one of the world’s most comprehensive literary catalogues of our diaspora.