Artistic Statement

Growing up in small Northern California cow-town, I spent most of my life thinking the only kind of theater that existed was commercial. The big million dollar tours that came through San Francisco and the Broadway cast albums I could buy at the bookstore were the only resources I had to create my (not so wide) understanding of theater and its limitations. Upon coming to Philadelphia to attend The University of the Arts in 2014, I was plunged into another world of possibilities.

Surrounded by movement, devised, and new, groundbreaking theater, my little queer heart just about burst. There was a world of theatre where I didn’t have to tell the stories of people so far removed from me and my personal experiences. A world where I could see myself represented on stage and use my voice to tell my own stories from my unique, queer, human experience; and it had been waiting for me to discover it. I didn’t have to perform things that old, straight, cisgendered, men had written years and years before I was even a twinkle in my parent’s eyes. I could tear down walls, cross boundaries, and challenge audiences- and myself- all with my own brain, words, and choices.

I make work that pushes me and my audiences to look at ideas, the world, and each other from new perspectives. I make art to give voices and representation to my siblings, queer in gender and sexuality. I make art that explores human existence and questions everything we have come to know. I make art to challenge the knowledge, ideas, and abilities I have developed thus far to push the boundaries of what theatre is known to be and what it can be, by growing and molding along with the ever changing medium.

WEBSITE BY SAV SOUZA 2019