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Our name "The Seeing Place" is the literal translation of the Greek word for theater (theatron): ". . . the place where we go to see ourselves." The Seeing Place is an actor-driven company dedicated to exploring the intersection between the actor's voice and the playwright's words, by reinterpreting masterful works live and in the moment to make them relevant, visceral, truthful, and accessible to a modern audience. We live up to our name by engaging our community in a vivid conversation about what makes us human. Connection. Learning. Humanity. That's what theater is all about.
The Seeing Place is an actor-driven company: built by actors and managed by actors to be a base for actors who want to hone their craft in a creative and supportive artistic home, resulting in unparalleled dedication and excellence.
Theater is society's hands-on, in-person study of human behavior. By placing a keen focus on behavioral storytelling, The Seeing Place has become well-known for intense and intimate ensemble work. Productions are rehearsed in a structured, organic manner, involving improvisation and heavy script analysis.
In performance, emphasis is placed on key elements of acting craft, allowing actors the freedom to live and discover the story, moment to moment, with the audience on a nightly basis. Many audience members have marveled that they feel like a fly-on-the-wall observer of a real event, not only witnessing it but living through it with us.
We accomplish this by training our ensemble artists on a weekly basis, not only in the artistic elements of acting but also the overall craft of theater-making, including producing (fundraising, marketing, budgeting), community outreach (social media, audience development) and stage craft (props, costumes, set construction.)
We have a keen focus on working with artists of all types, particularly those that are in minority groups - women, seniors, people of color, LGBTQ, and those with disabilities.