Original Works

In the desire to connect with our community through dynamic, resonant performance, See The Elephant will periodically present original works of theatre & dance. 



Imprints is a dance/theater performance centered on violence against women, both sexually and in domestic situations or intimate partner abuse. Pulling from the direct experiences of artistic collaborators as well as from interviews & research, Imprints is raw, tender, and cathartic. Imprints first premiered at the 2018 Applecore Fringe Festival in Downtown Placerville to public adult audiences as well as a special high school performance. The IMPRINTS ensemble hopes to continue this work to reach a wider audience and is currently raising funds to continue developing this piece.

gold hill samurai

is an original play based on the history of the Wakamatsu Tea & Silk colony and the life of Okei San. In 2018, American River Conservancy commissioned See The Elephant to create this play for the 150th Anniversary Festival. This partnership is a wonderful opportunity to unite some of the more unknown or lesser discussed cultural histories of our community with the Arts.  Jamie Van Camp, in collaboration with ARC docents and many from the Japanese American community, set to work researching the history and creating a theatrical re-telling that would highlight the struggles and triumphs at the heart of the Aizu people‚Äôs migration to California. Okei San is the reason that we know this story; she has become a legend. But it took all the characters together to make this story come to life. Gold Hill Samurai will be premiering June 6-9th at the WakamatsuFest150

Photo by Sarah Bennett Photography

Photo by Sarah Bennett Photography


T.W. Wellington's great American show

T.W. Wellington's Great American Show was first presented in Placerville, CA during the 2017 Applecore Fringe Festival. This solo show, conceived & performed by Jamie Van Camp incorporates mask performance, shadow puppetry, and soundscapes of voices & music to re-tell of the story of the West. Jamie portrays characters that exist deep within our American mythology, tracing their tales to shed light on the others who have been forgotten in history.