The Collective

ANIMACY THEATRE COLLECTIVE

Animacy Theatre Collective. Morgan Johnson and Alexandra Simpson.
Animacy Theatre Collective. Morgan Johnson and Alexandra Simpson.

Animacy Theatre Collective (ATC) is focused on the creation of original, experimental and interdisciplinary theatre works. We tell stories that: are driven by women, use humor and physical storytelling to raise social awareness, and create characters who defy pre-existing borders (human, nonhuman, gender, sexuality). Our work uses physical theatre (mask and clown), play writing and multimedia to create research-based and devised plays. By collaborating with communities, artists, and grassroots activism we work to converge the artistic, social and environmental spheres, and to challenge interlocking structures of oppression in order to work towards social and environmental justice. ATC is interested in theatre that offers immersive spaces and views all things within them (humans, more-than-humans, places, objects, technologies and all their histories) as active participants in the performance. ATC was formed through a shared belief in the necessity – especially in the current political climate – of bringing research into conversation with communities through stories that are funny, physical and imaginative. It is our goal to be part of the movement of fiercely funny female artists, and to hold space as physical theatre creators who use comedy to encourage curiosity about the world we live in.

ATC has had creative residencies at the Celebration Barn Theatre in Portland, Maine and Scarborough Arts and is currently a company in residence at Generator. Generator is a mentoring, teaching, and innovation incubator that expands the skills, tools, and competencies of independent artists, producers and leaders.