VISION: Personal and community transformation through the performing arts.
MISSION: Memory war amplifies marginalized voices by creating innovative performances, community partnerships and educational workshops.
Memory War Theater is a Seattle-based theater company devoted to exploring contested sites of memory by connecting diverse global stories to local communities in original multidisciplinary performance pieces. Founded by Tikka Sears and Manuel Castro, performance pieces are drawn from oral history interviews conducted with community members and navigate the borders of physical theater, kinetic projections, animation, puppetry, and shadow. Memory War Theater most recently premiered Below U.S., a multimedia play about hybrid identity and cross-cultural conflicts. Memory War Theater has been a partner project of Shunpike since 2008.
As a teaching artist, Tikka has conducted educational workshops and projects fusing oral history and community based performance by partnering with non-profit organizations, universities and local public schools students and teachers to create fun, creative projects that initiate dialogue, community and collaboration.
Memory War Theater educational department offers capacity building in arts-based practices to social service organizations, community organizations, schools, and other interested institutions. Our educational program offers professional development workshops and leadership trainings to individuals, groups, and organizations. Our vision is to reach scholars, educators, social workers, administrators, parent groups, etc.—particularly those who do not necessarily see themselves as ‘artists’—demystify “being artistic” as something inaccessible, and instead build everyday creative skills that promote participatory education, community building, social justice, and personal and social transformation. The multimedia arts practices we value center stories from often-marginalized groups (e.g., youth, students, communities of color, and clients of social service agencies) and include:
- Oral histories
- Dance and Embodiment
- Theater of the Oppressed
- Dialogue and Dialogue Facilitation
- International Performing Arts Traditions and Contemporary Practices
We see ourselves as facilitators, teaching artists and collaborators that create professional community based arts projects, foster public dialogue, and generate public space for marginalized voices and stories to be heard. We provide workshops and training for a nominal fee; accessibility to our services is paramount. Our goals are to create and sustain community based performing arts projects, cultivating the roots of creativity with and in diverse communities so that they are able to carry on innovations in the future.