Friday, August 7, 2020, 12-12:45 PM



Get to know the creators of Southwest Virginia—from visual artists to theatre-makers to choreographers—and learn more about their creative processes in this unusual time. In a series of 45-minute chats, the Moss Arts Center gives you an exclusive look inside the homes and studios of these artists—experience their work, ask questions, and discuss how creative luminaries are approaching art in this moment.

Kendall Payne and Keith McCoy, Adaire Theatre, Pulaski, Virginia
Jon Catherwood-Ginn, moderator; associate director of programming, Moss Arts Center

Adaire Theatre of Pulaski, Virginia, understands the vital difference a professional-quality theatre can make in a small community. Join Producing Artistic Director Kendall Payne and Associate Artistic Director Keith McCoy to explore the company’s approach to inspiring collaboration, including their development of Quiet Courage: The Pursuit of Equal Education, which illuminates the story of a Pulaski native who fought for the equalization of salaries and facilities for African Americans in the early 1900s.

About Kendall Payne and Keith McCoy
Kendall Payne is from Pulaski, Virginia. Payne studied at Shenandoah Conservatory and has a bachelor of fine arts in music theatre and a minor in piano, dance, and vocal performance. Along with his performance experience, he has a strong background in theatre education. In 2003 he assisted with the management of Camp Curtain Call as the theatre arts instructor and assistant dance instructor. In 2009-2010 Payne worked as a visual and performing artist with Young Audiences of Virginia, fostering the creative development in children and enhancing their education through the arts. As a theatre artist keynote speaker for the Copenhaver Institute, he led seminars for PreK-12 teachers from around the country on how to effectively incorporate theatre arts into their classrooms. During the summer of 2011 Payne oversaw the June Bug Center’s Visual and Performing Arts Education program, training faculty on how to create a community focused on each student’s individual development as a person and artist through theatre education.

Keith McCoy is from Portsmouth, Virginia. McCoy studied theatre performance at Norfolk State University. He has worked successfully as a professional theatre artist for more than 20 years and has performed in all types of venues, including indoor and outdoor regional theatres, summer stock companies, national tours, and theme parks throughout the United States. He has also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world that takes place in Scotland’s capital city. An extremely versatile performer, credits as an actor include Les Misérables (Javert), A Raisin in the Sun (Walter Lee),  Dreamgirls (Curtis), Big River (Jim), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), Oklahoma! (Jud), To Kill a Mockingbird (Tom Robinson), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), and Memphis the Musical (Delray), to name a few. As an educator, McCoy has taught at Mad River Theatre Works, Playhouse on the Square Summer Youth Conservatory, the Springer Theatre Academy, and Juneau Dance Theatre, as well as in the Roanoke and New River Valley. He has worked regionally as a director and choreographer, staging productions of Dreamgirls, Cinderella, Fences, Charlotte’s Web, and Evita. Currently McCoy serves as the associate artistic director for Adaire Theatre, where he has directed and written numerous productions over the past seven years. McCoy helped develop the original show Quiet Courage: The Pursuit of Equal Education, which is the story of Chauncey Harmon Sr. and his fight for the equalization of salaries and facilities for African Americans. It is the story of one man’s journey and the path he helped lay for equal rights in the community in which he was raised and later served.


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