Walking Elephant Theatre Company
Walking Elephant Theatre Company’s mission is to bring documentary theatre projects and awakened acting to underserved and ethnically diverse youth in Sonoma County with the aim to build and heal communities.
Walking Elephant Theatre Company creates innovative live documentary pieces for social and ecological healing. The original productions are created from conversations and interviews between youth and their community. They walk a mile in the shoes of their neighbors and then create original documentary plays about the elephant in the room. We believe that hearing each other’s stories awakens our compassion. These projects help our culture shift from the paradigm of isolation, extraction, scarcity and violence, to the paradigm of connection, regeneration, abundance and peace.
As a nomadic theatre company, we go to where stories need to be told and heard. We create and perform in schools, theatres, homeless shelters, cafes, and front porches.
We are consistently going through an iterative process, meeting the needs of whatever “elephant in the room” a community would like to explore and transform.
The THICKER THAN SMOKE Project was born out of the ashes of the October 2017 Sonoma County Fires. There is a strong need to heal our youth and community as part of the rebuilding process. Our goal with this project is to create original documentary theatre pieces with youth most affected by these fires with the goal to connect, create, awaken, and heal our community through the power of theatre and story telling. The fires that raged through Santa Rosa beginning on Oct. 8th have taken an unprecedented toll on our community. Roughly 340 young people have lost their homes, while others have also lost their schools. As a nomadic theatre company that goes to where the stories need to be told, The THICKER THAN SMOKE Project will partner with schools in Santa Rosa to create original documentary theatre pieces that will be performed by children who were affected by the Sonoma County wildfires. The script will be created from interviews the young cast members conduct with their families and neighbors. The plays will be performed live for the Sonoma County community, and all the interviews will be archived and available for anyone in the world to hear on the Walking Elephant Podcast.