The In[heir]itance Project is a national non-profit arts organization which engages communities by putting their lived experiences in conversation with their sacred* texts using a unique methodology of research, play, and reflection that involves audiences as participants throughout the creative process.
*We interpret ‘sacred text’ to mean any narrative that holds meaning for the community. They could be ancient religious, mythic, cultural or patriotic texts, personal and universal stories, attitudes and archetypes, local lore (current or historical), or popular media and culture.
We aim to illuminate the modern relevance of ancient wisdom and present a vision of today that is in relationship with the world of our ancestors while helping communities form and strengthen relationships with each other. We intend to create a national network of communities where we’ve created theater, with sustained relationships of engagement. We plan to expand the reach of our freely available methodology as tools for experiential classrooms and art spaces.
In 2014, Jon Adam Ross and Chantal Pavageaux co-founded The In[heir]itance Project with generous support from The Covenant Foundation. Our first endeavor was The Genesis Plays, a series of plays which paired a matriarch or patriarch from the book of Genesis with a mid-sized American city, and explored how the narrative of the character and the history of the city overlap, intersect and converse with one another. Between 2015 and 2017 we devised Genesis Plays in Minneapolis/St Paul, Charleston, Austin, Seattle and Kansas City, working with interfaith and multicultural groups. 2017 also saw the launch of The Exodus Plays, the first of which will premiere in Harlem in March of 2018. Moving forward, we have plans to continue exploring Exodus by making plays in Omaha, Memphis, and Norfolk. And we’re planning on expanding The In[heir]itance Project to explore more sacred texts in a city near you! Sign up for our mailing list to stay tuned. And scroll down to see where we've been and where we're going!