History of the DumasTheatre 3 is located in Roanoke's historic Dumas Center for Artistic & Cultural Development. Located across the railroad tracks from Warehouse Row, the Dumas was once a hotel and social hub for black Roanoke in the days of segregation. Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole were just among the few pop and jazz greats said to have stayed and sometimes jammed at the Dumas.
Meet AmiAmi Trowell is the Creative Director of both Theatre 3 and the improvisational troupe Big Lick Conspiracy. She has worked extensively on stage and behind the scenes with Mill Mountain Theatre, Off The Rails, VWCC Theatre and Roanoke Children's Theatre. Ami was also a regular on the TV show "Tuned Out". Her greatest accomplishment is trying to keep up with her three amazing daughters.