Common Thread Theatre Collective was founded by theatre faculty members at Davidson College and North Carolina A&T State University. Our goal is to create professional, engaging productions that focus on voices and stories that have traditionally been underrepresented in American mainstream theatre. We want to create a new kind of summer-stock theatre: one that balances inventive entertainment with thoughtful content, that knits together disparate elements of our local artistic community, that fosters a humane consent-based rehearsal approach for our artists, that prioritizes community engagement around issues of contemporary relevance. As educators, we all felt that our students, serving as paid interns, would benefit from exposure to new kinds of shows, new ways of working, and new professional contacts. Despite the differences between our respective institutions, the four of us and our students were bound together by the “common thread” of our commitment to theatre as a force that can influence change, in individuals and across society.
Common Thread was founded by two faculty members from NC A&T, Donna Bradby and Gregory Horton and two faculty members from Davidson College, Mark Sutch and Karli Henderson.
To learn more about Donna, visit her website here.
To learn more about Greg, check out his A&T bio here.
To learn more about Mark, check out his Davidson page here.
To learn more about Karli, check out her Davidson page here.
The intern company consisted of 8 students, 4 from A&T and 4 from Davidson. All but one of them are acting focused with one stage management student. They were all involved in the productions as actors/stage managers. In addition, they were able to work in many other capacities of production including scenic and costume construction, props sourcing/construction, marketing and stage crew.
Perhaps the most exciting piece of the internship was that the interns, wrote, produced, designed and acted in a touring production that was created for young audiences.