Carol Piersol headshotCarol Piersol (Artistic Director) is the Founding Artistic Director of the Firehouse Theatre Project. She held the position of Artistic Director at the Firehouse from October 1993 until December 2012. Under her direction, during the first five years of the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards, the Firehouse won twenty awards including two Best Play Awards, one Peoples’ Choice Award, and 77 nominations. In 2011, the Firehouse Theatre was named “Best Theatre in Richmond” in Richmond Magazine’s public poll. Carol was featured in the first Belle Magazine “Women In the Arts” issue “honoring seven forward-thinking leaders who help bring culture to Richmond,” was named one of the “Top Innovators at the Forefront of Richmond Arts and Culture” by Style Weekly, and was featured in an article in Work magazine. Carol attended the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City, where she studied acting under Sanford Meisner. She worked in film, television, and theatre in New York City before moving to Richmond, where her favorite roles were Blanche in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, Miss Carroway in A.R. Gurney’s The Love Course, Emily Gulick in Joyce Carol Oates’ Tone Clusters, and Billie in John Patrick Shanley’s Women of Manhattan. She was instrumental in developing the Firehouse Theatre Project’s Festival of New American Plays. Winners of the festival have gone on to have their plays produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and many other cities throughout the US. In 2011, she produced one of the first productions in the U.S. of Bruce Graham’s Something Intangible; this production is featured in the published version of the script. In 2007, the Firehouse under Carol’s direction produced the world premiere of Bill C. Davis’ Austin’s Bridge (starring Jeremy Jordan and featuring Billy Christopher Maupin). Most recently she produced Breast in Show, in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre, Gidion’s Knot, and Race, in partnership with African American Repertory Theatre. Carol currently teaches adult Meisner classes and is involved in producing provocative, cutting edge theatre in the Richmond area and beyond.