Photo by Stephen Pucci
A headwall is a region at the top of a cliff or rock face that steepens dramatically and often represents the most difficult part of the climb.
Headwall Theatre Company faces society’s challenges like climbers face a headwall: straight on. With all the world’s challenges and issues we believe we need to work together in a collaborative environment to understand each other and to be able to grow, learn and to lift each other up. We produce works that lift audiences and artists to the summit where, together, we can experience a clearer view of our place in the world.
- Provide affordable, high-quality theatre to the local Queens community and beyond
- Create a diverse and inclusive environment, for both artists and audiences
- Explore topics that are sometimes “kept off the table”
The Birth of Headwall
As long as you are following your passion with good intentions you will most likely end up where you are supposed to be.
I started this theatre company in August of 2018. I was deeply moved by the death of two people I greatly admired. My former high school theatre director Jodi Davis and the director of the theatre program I attended at East Carolina University, John Shearin. I had departed from theatre for a while to pursue fitness training when the deaths of the two most influential people in my life made me realize that what I truly love is theatre and always will. So I started a theatre company. I was telling my Dad I wanted to find a name that fits what I was trying to get out of the actors and WHY I chose to start a theatre company. Words like: risks, vital, “do the scary thing” would come up and they were inevitably taken or just didn’t work as a title. Then my father, who spent his younger years as a mountaineer said: what about Headwall? I was like, what the heck is that?! And when he explained how it is often the steepest and most difficult part of a climb and you have to figure out a way to get past it. It finally clicked.
In theatre, one can break down barriers, feel the emotional lives of others, express one’s deepest feelings, and open one’s heart. On stage, a lifeless costume on a coat rack becomes a reflection of the world around us because of the people who wear them and the others who assist them. I have come full circle. — Michelle Orosz
Since 2018 we have produced over 7 productions and we are continuing to grow and expand.