Penumbra Theatre, a 44-year-old legacy black arts organization that was once home to playwright August Wilson, is evolving into the Penumbra Center for Racial Healing. Based in the historically black neighborhood of Rondo in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Penumbra’s mission has long been to nurture black artists, promote racial equity, and inspire creative resiliency. Building upon this history, the Penumbra Center for Racial Healing will offer new artistic offerings, robust equity training services, a wellness center, and expanded staff to support the fresh areas of focus.

The vision for the Penumbra Center for Racial Healing has been in development since 2015, guided by Artistic Director Sarah Bellamy. An artist, scholar, and leading facilitator around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion, Bellamy has been testing programs that spark empathy and invite active participation with public conversations, screenings, community meals, and educational programming that engage patrons across Minnesota. Through her leadership, Penumbra brings vibrant communities together to shift the ground under some of the most deeply entrenched issues of equity and justice.

Penumbra In the News
Penumbra Theatre declared one of Ford Foundation’s ‘cultural treasures’ (StarTribune)
Ford Foundation grants $2.5 million to St. Paul’s Penumbra Theatre (Pioneer Press)
Reimagine Everything (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Why Penumbra Theatre Is Becoming a Center for Racial Healing (Minnesota Monthly)
Penumbra Theatre to Become Penumbra Center for Racial Healing (American Theatre)
3M Foundation awards $1M to four local organizations in support of racial equity (3M News Center)
Performing Whiteness (Paris Review)
Change Starts Here: Sarah Bellamy (MplsStPaul)
Penumbra to broaden its focus (MinnPost)
St. Paul’s Penumbra gets a new name and a new mission (StarTribune)
Penumbra Theatre will become Penumbra Center for Racial Healing, adding community resources (Pioneer Press)