the seven cities through community-based residencies with local artists  at partner organizations across Hampton Roads


extensively with the artists on the Wells Stage


participating community members with the Virginia Stage team in creating an onstage celebration of the entire 757!



Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism

The Y on Granby

Access Virginia

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Hampton Roads


Connecting the seven cities through community-based residencies with local artists at partner organizations and schools across Hampton Roads


Public Works Virginia is a major initiative of Virginia Stage Company that seeks to engage the people of Hampton Roads by making them creators of theater rather than spectators. Working with community partner organizations across the seven cities, Public Works Virginia invites community members to attend classes, attend productions, and join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater. Led by Director of Public Works Patrick Mullins, Public Works deliberately blurs the line between professional artists and community members, creating theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well.

Public Works exemplifies Virginia Stage Company's commitment to community engagement, which is at the core of the theater’s mission, as led by Producing Artistic Director, Tom Quaintance and Managing Director, David Byrd. Public Works Virginia is animated by the idea that theater is a place of possibility, where the boundaries that separate people from each other can fall away. It seeks to create a space where people can not only reflect on the world as is, but where people can propose new possibilities for what society might be.

Public Works was founded by the Public Theater in New York, and Public Works Virginia joins its affiliate network, which now spans theaters across the United States as well as the National Theatre in London.



For more information about this exciting community initiative, contact Patrick Mullins here or at 757.627.6988 x310.


This initiative made possible largely in part by the Batten Educational Achievement Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation