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Core as Lead Theater Artists at the Proteus Festival!


October 5-7 is the first ever Proteus Festival in Virginia Beach. This festival marks the Grand Opening of Zeiders American Dream Theater in Town Center. The long awaited new venue houses a 310 seat theater and a 100 seat studio that will play host to music, film, improv, and theater acts during the festival.


The Festival is full of amazing events and badges are on sale now!
Choose your level and get to the festival but make sure you join CORE for DIY Theater Panel from 12:30-1:30 at the Westin Hotel VB  and  for our performance of
THE POE PROJECT @ 6:00P in the Studio Theater/Zeiders.


DIY Theater 
Location: The Westin Stage in The Westin Hotel
Time: Saturday, October 6 at 12:30pm
Every creator of theater has faced the challenge of producing their work; this panel features speakers with a combined century of experience in bringing not only their own works to the stage, but also forming new companies focused on producing pieces ancient and modern. West End star Chris Van Cleave (Les Miserábles, Chess) moderates.

The Poe Project
Location: Studio Theater Stage- Inside Zeiders
Time: Saturday, October 6 at 6:00pm

An ever-evolving production blending literature, theatre, music, and dance, The Poe Project weaves together some of Poe‘s most famous stories and poems exploring the comedy and darkness in his works.  Featuring such classics as The Imp of the Perverse, The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Bells, Annabel Lee, and The Raven, this productions blends them seamlessly into one incredible evening.  First conceived and performed in 2006, it has since been presented at  Les Fêtes Théâtrales du Suroît, Quebec, Canada;  Rencontres Internationales de Théâtre, Liege, Belgium; Tarptautinį Teatrų Forumąs, Vilnius, Lithuania;   Midtown International Theater Festival, NYC and Aula de Teatro da USC Festival Internacional de Teatro, Santiago de Compostela, Spain to critical acclaim and recognition. 

Core presents ‘The Tragedy of Othello’ at The Roper!

Thursday, Friday and Saturday November 5 – 7 at 8 PM
Sunday November 8 at 3 PM

Shakespeare’s iconic work about jealousy and the steep price of intolerance is presented with a twist that changes everything.

The CORE Theatre Ensemble tells the classic story in a way that is fresh and accessible to modern audiences.

This production takes place in the Roper’s special Studio/Stage configuration, in which you are never more than inches from the action. Extremely limited seating is available and performances will sell out.

The production will begin promptly at the time on your ticket. Latecomers will not be seated.

General Admission  $20

$10.00 TCC Students, 1 per ID. Logon with your email to unlock this discount.

Box office opens 1 hour before event time. Advance tickets are available online.


Shakespeare’s tragedy, our time.

It’s official: We are beyond excited to formally announce that our original adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth will be making its US debut this fall at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center.

Having first staged this production at Les FIT 2014 in Quebec,  Canada, we will now be bringing it to Downtown Norfolk on November 6, 7, and 8 at 8pm. We’re thrilled to have the chance to show US audiences this production in a beautiful venue like the Roper. Stay tuned for ticket information.

core theatre ensemble macbeth TCC 2014


Opportunity is knocking!

Actors, vocalists, orators, voice-over artists and ALL INTERESTED IN IMPROVING THEIR VOICE AND SPEECH: Here it is!
We’re extremely excited to announce this amazing vocal workshop! We were lucky enough to attend a Lessac class earlier this summer and we couldn’t wait get Robin here to share. 

Co-sponsored with the ODU Theatre Department, there are
2 different sessions offered so check it out and email us if you have questions!
Event info:
Photo: Lessac Kinesensics Workshop in Norfolk, VA on Sept 20th-Hope you can join us!


Midsummer Fantasy Festival

Choreography rehearsals for Bottom’s Dream start tomorrow with Emel and Edwin, and The Mechanicals start their rehearsals this week with Laura too!
Just part of the all the amazing magic that will be the Mid-summer Fantasy Festival: Moon Take Thy Flight…

Commence getting excited, Hampton Roads!

VSC and Norfolk Festevents will present an immersive and participatory community performance arts festival that will re-imagine Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream within in a series of at least 5 temporary public art installations.

Grow. Go. Do.

CORE manifesto: Grow. Go. Do. Grow. Return. Share.

We are a company that works together on our productions throughout the year but each of us also have outside projects on which we work.

Projects that present different challenges and exercise other elements of our individual talents. It is then upon our return to Core productions that we share what we’ve been both willingly and reluctantly taught

All failures and successes in life inform your being and your work. All interactions and perspectives keep you fresh, trained, sharp, and knowledgeable.

Experiencing life should transform you.

On a common trajectory, our objective as a company in these individual endeavors is to grow simultaneously and we check in with each other along the way to support personally and artistically.

“You’re different,” he said. You’ve changed.”
“Good,” was the only suitable response.

This week we celebrate growth.
Christopher has directed The Royal Family at LTVB which opens Tomorrow night! Congrats to you sir! Go see it everyone!

Laura is directing The Tempest for TCC’s Shakespeare in the Grove this year! Rehearsals started this week and it’s set to open June 25 and it’s sure to be awesome!

Eddie, Emel, Nancy, & Chris are heading up to Baltmore next weekend for a Lessac Workshop at Center Stage taught by the amazing Robin Aronson Carr! So very excited for this little reunion and being introduced to this technique!

Dive in people. The water’s fine.

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”

Love and art to all.

Welcome back

This last week has really been a wonderful and busy little welcome back to HR!

-We were more than happy to provide a little movement assist to the centennial celebration of the Wells. Many congrats to Patrick Mullins and Virginia Stage Company for a most excellent evening and party. 

-We were honored to visit Peter Schulman‘s fantastic ODU French class to talk a little Sartre and our No Exit production and the local existence of french theater. Thanks, Peter, it was a great time!

-also…. We received some really great news this week about some future projects that we can’t quite spill yet but hold on to your seats, we still have a couple of more meetings! We’re really excited!

Proud to travel, Proud to be home. Thanks to all of you who are the artbeat of the art scene.

Wrapping up one endeavor

Last night we had an AH-MAZING final workshop class with our Movements I: Intro to Viewpoints group, and it was sad to wrap it up. From circles and flow, cushion traps and cannibalism, family circus to cavemen, we were so impressed with you guys and had such an awesome time that we were still smiling this morning! Just remember that the conversation isn’t over and that you’ve given us so much in return!

And a huge thank you out to The Little Theatre of Norfolk board, Jason Martens, and Christopher Bernhardt for allowing us the opportunity to do what we love. We’ve had an invaluable experience with these folks so thank you deeply for that.

Love and Art Always – Emel & Eddie 

The rain in Spain…

In 20 days The Poe Project leaves for Spain! 
We’re touring to the Festival Internacional de Teatro, XX edition in Santiago de Compostela which starts on Feb 17th! Our amazing ensemble for this trip is Edwin Castillo,  Emel Ertugrul,  Nancy Dickerson, Samantha Johnson, and we’d like to give a huge Core welcome to guest artist Melissa Coleman-Reed, company member of Circle Circle dot dot Theater based out of San Diego. Edwin and Emel have known Melissa from their formative years in the ODU Theatre Department and all our training has come full circle so we’re getting the chance to rock it out once more.