Daniel DeVault Named Founding Artistic Director of The Humanity Theatre Project

Daniel DeVault Named Founding Artistic Director of The Humanity Theatre Project
Daniel DeVault of The Humanity Theatre Project

Daniel DeVault has been named founding artistic director for the Nashville-based Humanity Theatre Project. The Music City native will helm the organization as it moves toward is first full season of theater.

A graduate of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, DeVault holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatrical performance and design with a concentration in communications. He has since made his career as a theater professional in Middle Tennessee having worked with such companies as Nashville Repertory Theatre, Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theater, Circle Players, and Southern Stage Productions, among others.

In addition to being an actor, lightning designer and stage manager, DeVault is a critically-acclaimed director, and productions under his watch have been lauded as "taut and focused" "provocative," and "compelling."

"As the Humanity Theatre Project moves toward our first full season, it became more and more evident that we needed a consistent voice and vision to attain our goals," says board president and co-founder Pat Patrick. "With an unrivaled passion for and keen awareness of the power of theatre, Daniel checked all of the boxes. He brings a fresh perspective to deploying theatre as a tool for creating conversations that matter, and we are fortunate to have someone of his capabilities leading the organization."

"I've always viewed the arts as a catalyst for change," DeVault maintains. "The Humanity Theatre Project will not only generate art, but also conversations of empathy and human expression within our community and hopefully beyond. I am so very grateful for this opportunity, and I look forward to creating theatre that guides us to a better understanding of our collective humanity."

About the Humanity Theatre Project

On February 28, 2017, the Humanity Theatre Project announced its presence in the Nashville theatre community by hosting One Night of Empathy, which involved 14 Nashville theatre companies-ranging from professional to high school. The event included short scenes, staged readings, and musical numbers that embraced social issues and spurred conversations about empathy.

This was the first step in achieving the organization's primary goal: "creating conversations that matter," according to Patrick.

Employing the arts as a catalyst, the Humanity Theatre Project aims to celebrate differences, celebrate similarities, and celebrate our shared humanity while creating discussions about and raising awareness of empathy in Nashville and across the country. For more information about the Humanity Theatre Project, go to www.humanitytheatreproject.com.

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