About the Hamner Theater
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The Hamner Theater
The Hamner Theater was founded in 2005 by theater professionals Peter Coy and Boomie Pedersen with the express intent of telling the stories of our community; producing professional quality performances in collaboration with the community and other area theaters; providing educational and training opportunities for any and all interested members of the community; and, through the Virginia Playwrights Initiative, working with local playwrights to develop new work. Initially we were a project of the Rockfish Valley Community Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization but were recognized as our own non-profit entity in 2012.
For eight seasons The Hamner Theater had an intimate black box theatrical home at the Rockfish Valley Community Center and produced plays to fulfill its mission of telling the stories of our community as well as producing professional quality performances for the residents of Nelson County, to offer a performing arts venue in Nelson County and to create a community theater open to and reaching out to all residents of Nelson and its surroundings.
In the years following our release of venue, we collaborated with PlayOn! Theatre, with Live Arts, with Four County Players and continued our free Improv sessions as well as our VPSI readings and workshops. We were the fiscal sponsors for several area performance groups, PEP (Performers Exchange Project) and CPC (Charlottesville Playwrights Collective) as well as BAC (Belmont Arts Collective) and have stayed active in the local theater world. As we redefine and hone our purpose now, with our studio at Crozet Arts, we want to continue telling the stories of our community; we want to bring to light what has been hidden away, to encourage and foster bold, sustainable community conversations. We want to make a difference in our community, one story at a time, one play at a time. Our future work includes Dementia Friendly Theater; work with the senior population, specifically with residents of care facilities; a summer Shakespeare for Crozet and surrounding environs. We want our projects to be able to travel to underserved or more remote communities where access to the performing arts may be limited. We believe that theater should be available and accessible to all because it is a necessary part of a healthy society.
Artistic and Managing Director: Boomie Pedersen
Playwright in Residence: Royal Shiree
Hamner Theater, 1358 McCauley St. / Crozet, VA / 22932
Phone: (434) 960-5936
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Earl Hamner interview in The Hook, May, 2003