This event is part of an open play-making process, which shows how the arts can be particularly effective in reflecting on the history of social challenges and exploring their connections to today. The In[HEIR]itance Project is a national arts organization that creates space for communities to navigate challenging civic conversations through collaborative theater projects inspired by sacred texts. Participants in Coastal Virginia become co-creators in a play that explores the racial dynamics of the region’s legacy of place and displacement in relationship to the Book of Exodus. The finished play premieres at the 2022 Virginia Arts Festival. Please join us in this unique exercise on art creation and community social engagement. No prior experience or expertise is necessary!

Chantal Pavageaux is a writer, director and interdisciplinary artist. Her work has been produced nationally in theaters across the U.S. She trained in experimental theatre at New York University and was awarded a Directing Fellowship from the Drama League of New York. Jon Adam Ross has spent more than 20 years making art with communities around the country as an actor, playwright, and teaching artist. Jon has served as an artist in residence at Union Theological Seminary, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and many other religious and educational institutions. Ariel Warmflash is a theatre artist and educator. She has been a performer and teaching artist with educational theater organizations nationally and internationally. She is a founding member of the Closer Look Arts Collective and holds a master’s degree in Applied Theatre from The City University of New York. 

This program is made possible, in part, by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and Virginia Humanities.

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