Virginia Stage Company’s engagement initiatives use theatre as a catalyst to foster public discourse. We believe that theatre is more than a play, place, or product - it is a living process that can expand thinking and offer fresh perspectives. Learning, critical thinking, and self-confidence all grow as we sit together in one space to contemplate our shared world. Acknowledging and embracing differences in identity is essential to a dynamic cultural conversation - and theatre has just the tools to do that.





The program comes from Virginia Stage Company’s Education and Community Engagement Department’s Theatre for Everyone initiative to provide a theatre experience for individuals of all abilities. This educational and arte-therapeutic method integrates black lights, music, puppetry, and storytelling techniques.

Since its most important devices are visual, underscored with music, most audiences, of any age can understand Black Light Puppet Theatre performances. The intended result is a theatrical work that combines grand spectacle with beautiful and moving art; all performed by highly functioning adults with individual abilities, who will be guided and assisted by trained artistic staff and personnel. 

Virginia Stage Company strives to promote diversity in the arts by creating opportunities that are inclusive for both performers and audience members. As a part of the Theatre for Everyone initiative, Black Light Puppet Theatre targets people across the spectrum of ability, giving them an opportunity to learn the art of performance and accomplishment.  Our goals include teaching, guiding, and reinforcing skills such as creative expression and interpersonal skills, as well as gaining a sense of confidence through the rehearsal and performance process. 


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