Ashe Lab

The Ashe Lab is a two year interdisciplinary residency program nurturing black artists to create beautiful, radical, life-giving art that answers our communities’ most pressing needs.

The program convenes an intimate cohort of artists to work collaboratively to create a single performance piece informed by discussion with black community in Minnesota. The work will then tour to other regions affected by the issues explored by the art to present, learn, and record hyperlocal experiences of systemic issues affecting black community. Our goal is to aggregate and share knowledge and solutions as the tour progresses, building multidimensional comprehension of the issues lifted by the art while creating profound expressions of place.


Penumbra Theatre’s Ashe Lab is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Headwaters Foundation for Justice, and the Pan African Community Endowment.

Photo Credit: Caroline Yang