A brand new, professional theatre is coming to the Charlotte area! The Davidson College Theatre Department is sponsoring the creation of a professional summer theatre on the Davidson campus – Common Thread Theatre Collective. 

Perhaps the most unique and exciting aspect of the new company is the artistic partnership with members of the North Carolina A&T University faculty, Greg Horton and Donna Baldwin-Bradby

Common Thread Theatre Collective (CTTC) will create bold, fresh theatre that engages with our Lake Norman and wider Charlotte communities in an intentional and provocative way around inclusive stories of contemporary relevance. 

We want to create a strong company of local artists that value professional standards of production and work with us to produce stories that center traditionally underrepresented communities.

Common Thread would not be achievable without generous funding from the Bacca Visiting Artist and Scholar Program and the Clark Ross Academic Innovation Fund.  This program is supported in part by ASC, and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. 

Your gift will help Common Thread keep our local theatre artists engaged in making bold, fresh theatre for our communities!  Please click the button below and select "other" from the drop-down menu and then designate your gift to the Common Thread Theatre Collective.  We appreciate your support!

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Inaugural Season

For the inaugural season, Common Thread is producing two shows in the Barber Theatre on Davidson’s campus


June 17 – July 3, 2022

Music by Jeanine Tesori and Book by Brian Crawley
Directed by 
Donna Baldwin-Bradby
Musical Direction by Charlene Thomas

Winner of the Drama Critics' Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered Off-Broadway in 1997, and then on to a Tony-nominated Broadway debut in 2014 with a revised version, Violet is a moving musical featuring show-stopping anthems, ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel.  With a score from Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Shrek; Fun Home) and book and lyrics by the acclaimed Brian Crawley (A Little Princess), Violet is inspired by the short story, The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts, astounding critics and audiences alike in two separate decades.

Violet is a powerhouse piece of theatre that needs no more than a few chairs and talented performers to take an audience's breath away. It is a must for companies that are dedicated to depicting moving stories onstage.


July 15 – 31, 2022

By Robert O’Hara

Barbecue centers around the O’Mallerys, a dysfunctional group of siblings who come together for a park barbeque in order to stage and emergency intervention for their sister Barbara, whose drug habit has gotten out of hand.  However, there are in fact two O’Mallery families, one white and one black.  Each appear in different, yet similar scenes that juxtapose to create a dialogue about racial and family politics.

Duck, Duck, Goose

Saturdays: June 25, July 9, July 16 and July 23 at 11 a.m.

Cunningham Theatre Building Lawn (rain location inside)

By Common Thread Theatre Collective Intern Company

The Intern Company is excited to present an original theatre for young audiences production, Duck, Duck, Goose.  A fun, interactive retelling of the classic children’s story The Ugly Duckling with a modern twist for this timeless story.  Some 21st century fairy tale characters even make an appearance!  Suitable for all ages and geared towards young attention spans, this fun-filled contemporary fairy tale will offer a fresh way for families to spend a summer morning. 

Common Thread Theatre Collective Summer 2022 Cast

  • Willa Bost
  • Valencia Boon
  • Grace Carmody
  • Corin Davis
  • Joanna Gerdy
  • Stephen Emery
  • Shawn Halliday
  • Meredith Iodice
  • Tyler Madden 
  • Lane Morris
  • Tatum Moxley
  • Seth Nelson
  • Jade Parker
  • Shawnna Pledger
  • Nathan Salley
  • Joseph Santi-Unger
  • Ava Smith
  • Joshua Suiter
  • Jada Wesley
  • LaTonya Wiley

In The News Show Time: College’s New Professional Theatre Company Debuts With Musical ‘Violet’

Davidson College partnered with North Carolina A&T University to create the Common Thread Theatre Collective, a new professional company that aims to feature diverse themes, voices and talent. 

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