David Lutken, Nyssa Duchow, and Christine Lyons backstage of the Blue Ridge Nightingale outdoor workshop at People's Light. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
People’s Light will remodel public and backstage areas of its mainstage theater to more safely and comfortably accommodate performers and audiences, laying the groundwork to meet long-term inclusion and accessibility goals. Renovations will include new covered outdoor space for guests, reconfigured seats and lighting to create wider and better lit theater aisles, and improvements to ventilation, dressing rooms, and restrooms. An accompanying feasibility study conducted in collaboration with architects and community members will inform future changes to the company’s seven-acre suburban campus.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.