Harry Kollatz, Jr. graduated from VCU in 1986. He later discovered his acting muse while writing and performing with local improv groups and in early American theater in Colonial Williamsburg. By 1993 he settled into a full-time day job as the staff writer for Richmond Magazine while continuing to pursue his love of the theater. He was drinking beer with a small gathering of motivated stage people when it was determined that they could offer something to the Richmond arts community that wasn't occurring at the time: a theater specifically devoted to contemporary U.S. work. The Firehouse Theatre Project was born that night and the non-profit group was founded in 1993. Harry met artist Amie Oliver in 1994 and in 1996 she married him and the Firehouse. The theater made its home in an antique Broad Street fire station where it produces and premiers theater pieces by contemporary U.S. writers, with the occasional international event. Harry has served as the organization's president since 1998.
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