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 inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility 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

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility

Aligning with the Science

Carbon budgeting

Buy Nothing New

No-Fly Company

Local Focus

Global Responsibility

Our IDEA:

Since 2007, The Only Animal has affirmed a commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) in our work onstage and off. It is critical to our mission as a company that has a solutionary impact on the climate crisis, that we produce vital, innovative, and conversation-provoking theatre that builds anti-oppressive practices into the foundation of our work, towards our larger goal of building a Culture of Stewardship. The pathway to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility is not one intended to eliminate differences, but to accommodate them, celebrate them and integrate them into our theatrical ecosystem. We vow to purposefully identify, discuss and challenge issues of oppression and discrimination and the impacts they have on our organization, its systems, and its people.

The Only Animal creates on unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ílwətaʔɬ and shíshálh First Nations. We recognize that as settler artists, we have been part of a system that excluded Indigenous artists and arts practice. We are committed to creating new structures, programs, and hiring practices that create meaningful change in relationship with Indigenous nations and leadership. 

We commit to having a No-Tolerance policy for harassment, prejudice, and discrimination towards anyone based on race, gender, sexual identification, or ability visible within our meeting, rehearsal, and performance spaces. We encourage you to hold us accountable as we move forward.

You can do that specifically through our Protected Pathways. For fully confidential conversations, you can reach out, at any time to Artistic Producer, Lisa Goebel at lisa(at)theonlyanimal.com, or to our Board of Directors at report(at)theonlyanimal.com.