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[Proof of Concept]

October 22-23, 2022 hosted at the Knox Exchange

First Take Co. exists to help multi-disciplinary artists explore the emerging facets of their creativity in a professional, supportive environment. We believe there’s joy and learning in all steps of the making process, and invest in artists unafraid to embrace the unknown. This year, three members of our Resident Artists are offering early glimpses into work that they will continue to develop, either with our team or in personal practice. A visceral exploration of music and nostalgia; a nightclub turned social sparring ground; a haunting exploration of Appalachian sounds in a post-electric future. Each performance time offers a snippet of all three pieces! October 22-23 in Knoxville. Tickets available at


Ethan Graham Roeder (’16), Hannah Jones (’16), Laura Clift (’17), and Grace Belt (’18), UTK theatre department alumni, started a theatre company with artists met on contracts across the country. 

Their first full production is happening in Knoxville October 22-23 (homecoming weekend). It’s called PROOF OF CONCEPT, and it features three pieces of theatre-in-development at their earliest realized state. 

Grace has begun work on an Appalachian musical; Ethan Roeder’s play explores the death of the Knoxville club scene; and a colleague from Great River Shakespeare is featuring a devised piece centered around nostalgia. The cast is composed almost entirely of UTK Theatre Department alumni and current students. It’s going to be a great time. We’d love to see any and all of you there!

Once the football schedule for the 22 is set, we’ll be adding performances, but if you grab a ticket now you can easily change your performance time. We’re trying to get something of an “Industry night” on Sunday, if we can.

If you have any questions let us know! Hope to see you there!