Austene Van is an actor, director, and choreographer. Penumbra Company member credits include Detroit ’67, Spunk, Amen Corner, Blue, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dinah Was, Blues for an Alabama Sky, and Seven Guitars. Austene has recently performed the title role in Aida at the Pantages with Theater Latté Da; Blanche Dubois in A Street Car Named Desire, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Henry IV with Ten Thousand Things; In The Next Room at the Jungle Theatre; Gem of the Ocean, Crowns and A Christmas Carol at Guthrie Theater; Radio Golf at IRT/Cleveland Playhouse; To Kill a Mockingbird at Park Square; Once on this Island at CTC; A Christmas Story, Singing in the Rain at Ordway. Recently directed Six Degrees of Separation at Theatre in the Round Players; Joan: Voices in the Fire at Rarig Center; Hot Chocolate, Gee’s Bendand Lady Day at Park Square; Lonely Soldier Monologues and A Civil War Christmas at History Theatre; Blues in the Night at Ordway; and Black Nativity at Penumbra. Artistic Director of New Dawn Theatre Productions.
“How are we going to take the songs of all of this wonderful flock here and weave them together to create this great orchestra that will sing the song of healing? ”
—Seitu Ken Jones