Holden Arts & Associates

From the late 1980's until the beginning of the 21st Century, Roadside Theater worked with Michael and Theresa Holden of Holden Arts & Associates (HAA) to create ground-breaking national Roadside tours and in-depth community cultural residencies, and to found the...

Letcher County Youth Leadership at Work

Roadside Theater works with Letcher County, Kentucky residents to create an original, youth-led play, The Future of Letcher County, that addresses the County's economic challenges.

Performing Our Future is a multiracial coalition of rural and urban communities working through culture to build power and wealth. Our goal is a future where everyone belongs and everyone's contribution matters -- where together, we own what we make...

Appalshop and the Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project at Lafayette College form a partnership and create a strategic investment plan that simultaneously supports the economic development of Appalshop and its Appalachian region.

A huge arts festival draws attention to a massive urban renewal disaster that displaced 19,000 African Americans for an expressway that was never completed.

Zuni Painting

Through a virtual and in-person exchange and collaboration, Zuni and Appalachian youth will get to know each other by creating and exchanging media productions that communicate elements of their places and cultures, their wishes and dreams, their fears and...

Since its founding in 1975, Roadside Theater has maintained a local program. The company’s original Appalachian plays and community cultural development methodology were, and continue to be, developed with people in southwest Virginia and east Kentucky, a...

If the story cannot be told fully and truthfully because the audience is too narrow, then the audience IQ has to be raised by including a broad cross-section of the community in its midst.

Roadside Theater performs in 16 communities across North Dakota as part of a rural cultural exchange.

The American Festival Project used a careful process that encouraged communities to untangle the complex webs that oppressed and divided them, to imagine change, and to promote creative expression as a means of fighting injustice in all forms.

From 1977-1984 Roadside theater produced a summer Tent Tour to build theater audiences at home in the mountains of East Kentucky and Southwest Virginia.

A collaboration with Cancer survivors in North Carolina and West Virginia to create plays from their communities' cancer stories and perform them at cancer detection and prevention events.

March 2013 Company

Liberian artists address civil war, domestic violence, and other women’s issues through song and activism in the West Philadelphia refugee community.

Local folk work together through low cost media to define and address the barriers that prevent their communities from enjoying such things as access to health care, a safe environment, new technology, economic development, and more.


A growing collection of Roadside's playmaking and community cultural residency methodology


An annual three-day performance and cultural festival in Fresno, California celebrating the traditions of indigenous and immigrant communities of the Central Valley

Choteau, Montana

Artists from two rural communities, Choteau, Montana and Whitesburg, Kentucky, conduct a cultural exchange and playwriting project and two plays are written and performed for each others' audiences.

Community partners add the voices of Cherokee tradition keepers and descendants of African slaves to an annual Appalachian pre-Revolutionary War historical reenactment and trade fair.

New Mexico Residency

A 2012 Community Cultural Development residency in Albuquerque, NM ends with a performance, "From School House to Jail House."  

Our tested storytelling method for empowering community members.

Corn Mountain/Pine Mountain Performance 1996

A 30-year cultural exchange with traditional Native American artists in Zuni, New Mexico and the founding of Idiwanan An Chawe the first Zuni language theater company.