Horace J. Bond Ambassador Program - Macalester College, the University of Minnesota and Hamline University faculty select exceptional undergraduates who work with Penumbra to address social issues on campus.
Fellowships - Providing support for students from high school through graduate school to explore musical and dramatic theatre, literary criticism, and dramaturgy.
Internships - Behind the scenes and close to the action, our internship programs give students the opportunity to work and learn at the same time.Quilting Circle - A community experience you can look forward to annually. Learn new skills and make an original art piece that is featured in our holiday musical favorite, Black Nativity.
Salon Series - Guest lectures, roundtable discussions, symposia and post-play discussions offer patrons the opportunity to think critically about our art and continue the dialogue.
Student Matinees - Offering students ages 14 and up the opportunity to explore the African American experience through artistically excellent productions. Bring your students to see a show and stay afterwards for a post-play discussion.
Study Guides - Free and online, Penumbra’s study guides include contextual essays, artist interviews, and much more. Each guide includes curriculum for grades 9-12 by high school educators to enhance learning in your classroom!
Summer Institute - Training the next generation of activist artists! Students study the craft of performance while learning about social justice to promote change in their own communities.
The Wilson Lab - This archival project will preserve the legacy of the preeminent African American theatre company in the nation. The Lab will make personal interviews from founding company members, videography, literature and more available for research.
Workshops - Exploring the power of art to change lives and communities. Join us at the Science Museum of Minnesota or book your own RACE workshop today!
The Penumbra Theatre Company Quilt - See the quilt squares that now illuminate the walls of our theatre.
Meet the Education and Outreach Team!
SARAH BELLAMY - Associate Artistic Director - Education
Sarah Bellamy is the Associate Artistic Director - Education for Penumbra Theatre Company, one of the preeminent African American theatre companies in the nation. She has designed and launched several acclaimed programs that engage patrons of the theatre in critical thinking, dialogue and action around issues of race and social justice. Among the most renowned is the "RACE Workshop: Meet Your Metaphor," curated to accompany the Science Museum of Minnesota's 2007 exhibit RACE: Are We So Different?, and Penumbra Theatre's Summer Institute, an intensive theatre-training program for youth to practice socially responsible art and civic engagement. Graduates of the program employ practical tools acquired at Summer Institute to activate social change projects addressing issues of import to their communities. A skilled facilitator, Ms. Bellamy works with learners of all ages to engage in sometimes difficult conversations about race and American history. Using theatre as a site for critique, modeling and problem-solving, participants begin to see themselves and the potential for their own activism as empowering and inspired. Ms. Bellamy is the principal scholar and editor for Penumbra Theatre Company and in that capacity supervises the August Wilson Fellowship Program, a doctoral fellowship in dramaturgy and literary criticism, in partnership with the University of Minnesota. She has researched and composed over twenty contextual essays to accompany Penumbra's main-stage productions since 2005. In conjunction with these comprehensive study guides, she oversees the creation of standardized, original curricula for educators to engage culturally specific arts in their classrooms. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she studied creative writing and postcolonial theory and holds an M.A. in the Humanities from The University of Chicago in Caribbean Studies where she specialized in colonial history from 1400-1800. Since returning to the Twin Cities, Ms. Bellamy has focused her attention once again on creative writing including short stories, screenwriting and playwriting. She is currently working toward her doctorate in Comparative Studies and Discourse in Society at the University of Minnesota.
CLARIBEL GROSS – Community Outreach Coordinator
is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where she studied Theatre Arts with
an emphasis on performance. She has a strong interest in international
development and working with communities through theatre, and has lived and
worked in Ecuador where she used theatre as a tool to teach English as a Second
Language. Claribel is happy to be back in the Twin Cities working with Penumbra
where she puts her passion for arts education and development to use. Her
primary role is connecting Penumbra’s student leaders with local advocacy and
health and wellness organizations throughout the Twin Cities for internships and
H. ADAM HARRIS – Teen Programs Coordinator
is the Teen Programs Coordinator with Penumbra Theatre Company and a former
Summer Institute Intern. As a professional actor, he was recently seen in How
the Grinch Stole Christmas (Children’s Theatre Company); The Way of Water (Frank
Theatre); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Much Ado About Nothing, (Guthrie Theater); and
Penumbra Theatre’s production of The Amen Corner at the Guthrie Theater. Adam
received his B.F.A from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor
Training Program along with a minor in African American Studies. Adam recently
toured prisons, homeless shelters, and community centers in a production of The
Seven with Ten Thousand Things Theater. His primary role is connecting
passionate young leaders with Penumbra’s Summer Institute program and working
with educators to bring theatre for social change into their classrooms.
DR. SOOJIN PATE - Education Director
Dr. SooJin Pate is thrilled to be the new Education Director for the Penumbra Theatre Company. Over the past decade, she has worked as a scholar, educator, and writer who has been dedicated to praxis that centers the lives and experiences of historically marginalized peoples. Since receiving her Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, she has taught courses on critical race theory, women of color feminism, African diasporic literature, and U.S. history and culture at various colleges and universities in the Twin Cities area. She is the author of From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Her writings on African American literature and Korean adoption have appeared in academic journals and edited volumes. She is passionate about issues related to self-care and mothering. To that end, she is currently working on an article about the importance of self-care, as well as a book that explores how to raise a nonwhite daughter in a white supremacist society.