We believe the creation of live performance is a journey itself; to seek in the place that we live an active engagement with each other that takes us beyond our comfort zones & speaks to a shared humanity.

Photo from production Roots Run Deep, created by Tiffany Van Camp

Photo from production Roots Run Deep, created by Tiffany Van Camp

See The Elephant!

What's in a name?

"Seeing the elephant" means going into the unknown, going deeper into one's experiences of a place to learn of its actualities. The act of "seeing the elephant" takes us on a journey... In the sense of our Company, it means going into other people's spaces, taking performances to communities who do not normally have access to theater & live performance. Conversely, it is an invitation for people to take a risk in coming to see our work. Through theatrical storytelling & dance, we hope to learn & grow, to investigate our identities & purposes.

Photo by Sharyn Balentine, from Trojan Women in collaboration with Studio 81.

Photo by Sharyn Balentine, from Trojan Women in collaboration with Studio 81.

Our Mission

Our mission is to make performance more accessible to our region by providing professional artistic opportunities and building partnerships that foster deeper engagement.

Photo from Trojan Women at Studio 81, by Sharyn Balentine

Photo from Trojan Women at Studio 81, by Sharyn Balentine

The Arts are for All People.

We are a rural-based theatre and dance company. We will strive to bring the most exceptional theatre and dance experiences to those that have least access. To do this, we will focus on the needs of our rural community, bring shows and opportunities to the outskirts, and partner with organizations to reach the most people.

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See The Elephant Theatre & Dance Company is a Project of El Dorado Arts Council's Arts Incubator program. 

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