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TheatreLAB Moving to The Basement

By • Mar 7th, 2014 • Category: News

Bucking recent economic trends, where some area theater companies have been forced to close or combine their efforts; a group of Richmond’s young and up and coming artists have announced they are opening their own theater.

Just two years after their inception as a mobile theater company, TheatreLAB will be moving into their own theater space later this year. Appropriately named “The Basement,” TheatreLAB’s new home will be located in the basement at 300 East Broad Street in the heart of Richmond’s downtown theater district. Even the name has a young, “hip” cutting edge-Greenwich Village kind of feel.

Plans for the space are being developed through Storefront for Community Design’s partnership with VCU, and the mOb [Middle of Broad] program. A student team of interior designers, graphic designers, and illustrators, will be overseen by experienced mentors to develop all of the renderings and sketches for the space.

TheatreLAB will kick off their 2014-15 season in the newly renovated venue in October with John Cameron Mitchell’s cult classic rock musical Hedwig And The Angry Inch

They are in the final stages of filing their 501c3 non-profit paperwork so donations can be tax-deductible. They will be launching their full capital campaign on April 1st.

Deejay Gray, Co-founder and Artistic Director at TheatreLab, who was named to Style Weekly’s Top 40 under 40 in 2013, says “We always affectionately say that TheatreLAB is an organization that aims to ‘play with all of the kids in the sandbox’ through artistic collaboration and community outreach, so moving into The Basement provides us the exciting opportunity to open up a new creative playground to share with our fellow artists here in RVA.”

Managing Director Annie Colpitts adds “We’re very excited to be joining the Arts District as it continues to bloom, and also to be providing Richmond with its first basement performing space. In cities like New York and Chicago, basement theaters are all over the place. But for Richmond, this will be a first!” 

Construction will take place over the summer. All monetary and in-kind donation inquiries may be forwarded to Colpitts at colpitts.annie -at- gmail.com.

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is by day a Special Education teacher, teaching History, Science and drama to Middle and High School students in a private Day School in Stafford. He has degrees in Educational Media and Special Education. He is also a part time Radio News Anchor and occasional actor in the Richmond area. Bruce is a native of New Jersey and spent most of his "adult" life in Upstate New York, where he started and ran a national award winning youth theater and cable television program for over 10 years. He has lived in Virginia since 2002, and in Caroline County since 2005, where he is active in many community groups; including serving on the Board of Caroline's Promise.

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