Lauren is a junior at Virginia Tech, majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Spanish. A meaningful moment for Lauren was the first in-person joint meeting with Radford University where the students had the opportunity to practice and create in the Alexander Black House.
Reghan is a junior Theatre major at Radford University where she was recently seen in Alice @ Wonderland as the Queen of Hearts. The most impactful part of the project for Reghan was learning that many of the women who dedicated their lives to the suffrage movement, died before they were ever able to vote.
Lilly is a junior majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) with a minor in Theatre at Virginia Tech. Her favorite part of this project was the opportunity to focus on two women who drove this movement forward and then delving into the extraordinary things they did.
Kevin S. Foster II
Kevin has just graduated from Virginia Tech with a major in Theatre, with a focus on Performance. His favorite aspect of this project has been getting the opportunity to create his own work and collaborate with so many like-minded individuals!
Joshua has just graduated from Radford University with a major in Theatre, where he appeared as Malcolm in Macbeth, Moisés Kaufman in The Laramie Project, and as Ed Stone in Darkside. One thing that means a lot to Joshua about this project is the fact that we are so open to new knowledge of the past, no matter what baggage comes along with it.
Sara has just graduated from Virginia Tech with a double major in Theatre and Communication Studies. Her career focus is Stage Management. A moment from this project that was meaningful to her was when both Radford and Virginia Tech students got to explore the Alexander Black House together.
Devin has just graduated from Radford University with a major in Theatre, and a focus in Performance. She has been involved in several productions at Radford University including Wonder of the World and Rapture, Blister, Burn. Working with her colleagues on such a meaningful project has been an honor and she is so grateful to share the stories of these fierce women with all of you!
Timothy has just graduated from Radford University with a major in Theatre. His credits include the role of Doctor in Macbeth, Giant/Sun/Mechant in the Porterfield Ensemble production of We Are From Her and Officer Barrel in Urinetown: The Musical. He is excited for this project because he loves history and believes this is an important story to tell.
Kathyrn is a junior at Radford University. Some of her credits include Lois in Wonder of the World, and Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown: the Musical. One of her favorite moments from this project was an encounter with props where we explored items from the past.
Rachel has just graduated from Radford University with a degree in Theatre. Her other credits at Radford University include Ensemble/Postcard Girl in Oklahoma! and Witch 2 in Macbeth. She is thankful to have been given the opportunity to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in the most passionate way she can.
Molly Hood (Co-Director)
Molly is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Cinema at Radford University. She loves everything Shakespeare, and is delighted that a road trip with Amanda Nelson of Virginia Tech to see one of Shakespeare’s plays was where the idea for “Performing History: Women and the Vote” was born. She is thrilled to have shared the journey with so many amazing students.
Molly is a sophomore theatre major at Radford University, and is from Norfolk, Virginia. Some of her favorite credits include Henrietta Leavitt in a staged reading of Silent Sky, and Thea in 5 Doors & A Lamp in Radford University’s 10 Minute Play Festival. She is so excited to be working with this amazing group and helping to bring Alice Paul and the other suffragists to life!
Sydney has just graduated from Virginia Tech with a major in Theatre, with a focus on Performance and a minor in Psychology. She particularly appreciated the work of combining two primary sources from history into a cohesive scene with other classmates – it provided a creative and unique challenge.
Bekka is a junior Theatre major at Radford University, with a focus in Stage Management. Her favorite part of this production was seeing the actors explore the Alexander Black House and discover new parts of their characters.
Tori has just graduated from Radford University with a major in Theatre and a minor in English. Some of Tori’s favorite credits at Radford include: Crimes of the Heart, Mauritius, and Next Fall. Her most memorable moment from the project was reading the actual letters from the women involved in the suffrage movement. She hopes you learn something new and use your voice!
Jamie has just graduated from Virginia Tech with a major in Clinical Neuroscience. She thoroughly enjoyed partaking in this devised project to commemorate women's suffrage. The virtual fashion exhibit we had the opportunity to explore continues to resonate with her because it deepened her appreciation for the women and connected her to the era.
Amanda Nelson (Co-Director)
Amanda is a faculty member in the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech. She is thrilled to have had the opportunity to develop the pilot project “Performing History: Women and the Vote” in partnership with Molly Hood of Radford University and looks forward to future collaborations. Amanda dedicates this project to her mother, Bonnie A. Nelson, who was a fierce advocate for women’s rights.
Sydney has just graduated from Radford University with a major in Theatre, focusing on Costume Design, and with a minor in Peace Studies. A moment in the project that meant a lot to her was the research trips she made to different exhibits in Washington D.C. with Molly.
Liv is a junior at Virginia Tech seeking dual degrees in American History and Theatre. She usually works with costumes and is grateful for the opportunity to perform. Liv has enjoyed this project for its melding of American History and theatrical exercise, most particularly the prop encounter exercises, which expanded her understanding of character creation within devised theatre.
William Arnold (Creative Services)
Will is the owner of ThinkFast, a small design firm in Richmond, VA. He’s never been involved in a theatre production, but enjoys attending and occasionally helping behind the scenes. As his day usually consists of publication design, direct mail, and updating websites, he is thrilled to have worked on something so out of the ordinary and creative.
Dylan Parker (Web Development)
Dylan is a musician, graphic designer and web developer currently working at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech. He has previously worked as an IT specialist, graphic designer and web developer at the University of Mississippi and Auburn University.
Jimmy Ray Ward (Scenic Design)
Jimmy is an Associate Professor of Theatre Design in the Department of Theatre and Cinema at Radford University. His credits as a set, lighting and costume designer include work at Spoleto Festival USA, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Gainesville Theatre Alliance. Locally, Jimmy has worked as resident designer for the last 18 seasons at Mill Mountain Theatre.