Mission/Mandate

Why we do what we do…

 

The Only Animal creates immersive work that arises from a deep engagement with place. The natural world is our media: water, sand, snow and ice and trees. We mix this media with theatrical adventurism, and a love of the extreme. Our work seeks to re/connect our human nature with Nature. Here we forge new ways of understanding of how to be on earth.

The Only Animal is only Human, we strive to make theatre in a way that is sustainable, joyful and treads lightly on the earth. We work equity, diversity and inclusion in our organization, with our artists, and our audiences.

We act on huge stages; the forests, the ocean, human possibility. There we find enormous challenges of the times, including the climate challenges that threaten our existence as a species. We seek creative ways forward and solutionary actions. We have broad shoulders and the ability to undertake ambitious projects. We love the impossible. We create theatre to thrill the blood, stir the soul and revitalize the planet.

Vision: This year launches the Artist Brigade, activating artists to collaborate with the scientists, journalists and environmentalist who are telling the climate story and failing to create impactful societal change.  They are asking for, and we are connecting them to the imagination, vision and heart of artists challenging time. Through this work, it is our intention to inspire and to mobilize a society paralyzed by climate anxiety and grief. We do this as artists in our own work, and as a spark to mobilize a national movement that grows exponentially to meet the enormous challenges of the ecological emergency.

Values:

Urgency

Solutionary Action

Creativity

Boldness

Generosity

Earth Care

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Aligning with the Science

Carbon budgeting

Buy Nothing New

No-Fly Company

Local Focus

Global Responsibility