Penumbra Theatre Company was founded in 1976 by Lou Bellamy as a venue for Afric...an American voices within the Twin Cities theatre scene and has stood for more than thirty-five years at the intersection of art, culture, politics, and local community engagement.
In 1976 i was approached by Lou to become a founding member of his dream, to create a venue to tell stories from the Black experience. what a novel thought! our stories told, our way, by us. i was 22 years old, out of college and trying to find direction, and then there was theatre! we became a band of brothers and sisters, lending support and guidance on good days, and codependency and misdirection on others, but these people became my family, friends, mentors and mentees. now almost 40 years later, it's great to see the history recorded. please read about how black theatre became a driving force in an environment that is 97% white,. it wasn't easy y'all.