See Saw is an applied theatre company that works with community organizations, schools and local artists to create participatory projects that facilitate:
an outlet to examine ideas about social injustice and social change
hands on learning
a deeper sense of community
reflection about identity
meaningful artistic experiences
the freedom to play and connect no matter what age
We work from a participant-centered model, which means that our projects are creating WITH communities rather than "for." We value our participants' stories, cultural identities, and the needs of their community. From these experiences, we can work together to create theatre and art that tells our stories in variety of forms.
See Saw's work is rooted in Paulo Friere's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, "which offers an approach to education and organizing to transform oppressive structures and create a more equitable, caring and beautiful world through action and reflection that is co-created with those who have been marginalized..." (practicingfreedom.org)
Amy Sawyers-Williams and Ellen Brown received their Masters in Applied Theatre from the CUNY School of Professional Studies, which laid the groundwork for the of See Saw.
Banner photo credit: Mark Tulbert, from the Arab Spring Process Drama at NC State University