PEP | Performers Exchange Project

Siân Richards


Siân Richards was born in Swansea, Wales and raised in rural Virginia. She has been a performer, creator, and producer of original work for over ten years.

After studying theatre performance at Virginia Commonwealth University, Sian began performing in the Charlottesville area with Live Arts and Offstage Theatre. In 2002 Sian joined Washington D.C.- based Theatre du Jour. Under the direction of B. Stanley (former assistant to Ingemar Lindh), Sian studied the company’s training and performed in several productions along with PEP member Martha Mendenhall (The Shadow, Last Minute, Ritual Play). When Sian returned to Charlottesville, she carried her training forward and continued her collaboration with Martha. In 2005 PEP was born.

As a founding member of Performers Exchange Project, Sian organized The Dah Theatre residency, organized and performed in PEP’s two arts carnivals A Charlottesville Wunderkammer (as Cookie and as Lucia in Zelda & Lucia’s Loony Bin Tragedy), and Shentai (as Cookie and as Dido in Dido Vs. The Squid Monster). Sian (with Jennifer Tidwell), organized and hosted Assembly, a monthly artists salon that ran for two years in collaboration with The Bridge PAI. She co-created and performed in Our American Ann Sisters and, along with Kara McLane Burke, The Convolution of Pip and Twig.

She has also performed extensively in Charlottesville with companies such as Live Arts, Offstage Theatre, Madwoman Project and The Unearthing and Victory Hall Opera. Siân was an organizer and performer for CLAW (Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers) from its inception until 2016 and is half of The (All New) Acorn Sisters.