Casting Call- Gold Hill Samurai.

See The Elephant is searching for an actor in the local region (El Dorado County-Sacramento) to play a lead role in our upcoming production of Gold Hill Samurai. This play will be presented during the Wakamatsu 150th Anniversary Festival in June, a celebration of Japanese Arts & Culture.

The part we are casting for is a Female, 20s-30s that will portray ‘Oyo’ as well as ‘Okei San’s Mother’. Oyo is a strong, matriarchal presence & a samurai herself. She is among the first Japanese colonists in California. Married to John Henry Schnell, a former arms dealer who helps the Japanese colonists build the historic Wakamatsu Tea & Silk Farm.

The script & rehearsal schedule are available upon request. Please contact SeeTheElephantCo@gmail.com . This is a paid acting role.

Meet The Elephant community gathering event

On Nov. 8th we hosted a meet & greet community gathering event at Volution Gallery, owned by local artists Zach & Rebecca. It was a great evening, and we were delighted to see new faces curious about See The Elephant and fostering the arts culture in El Dorado County. We had the chance to lay out our vision plan, and answered questions about our goals.

We hope to host another community event soon! Here are some highlights from the evening.

IMPRINTS at The Applecore Fringe Festival '18

This September Co-founder of See The Elephant, Tiffany Van Camp & collaborators Cleo DeOrio & Olivia Schlanger presented a new dance work, IMPRINTS at the Applecore Fringe Festival. IMPRINT centers around the topic of violence against women, including sexual assault & domestic abuse as well as intimate partner violence.

Some of our favorite responses from IMPRINTS:

Dear See the Elephant, Dear Performers,
Thank you so so much for this amazing moving experience. So precocious, so needed for both men and women to continue their path to maturity of the soul and psyche… such a real, honest, alive, vulnerable soulful expression of feminine. It felt as if magic was present in the room. As if these three women of different shapes and forms, are actually healers who graced us with precocious medicine for the feminine sexuality. Making it what it really is - sacred.
Thank you so so much and please keep doing your amazing work!

-Ira Kotlik-Konev (Clinical Psychologist & Dancer)

“Your show was amazing and moving and important and I can't wait to see where you go with it in the future! I'm so glad I got to see it.”

-Casey Ellis (Performer and film maker)

The IMPRINTS ensemble is now raising funds and planning how to reach a broader audience.

We got it! Arts Education Grant

We are so proud to announce that See The Elephant & El Dorado Arts Council have been selected to receive a Grant from California Arts Council this year! The grant is for Arts Education, Artists in School. EDAC will contract a partnership between See The Elephant & El Dorado High School's Drama Program (Studio 81). Over the course of two semesters, teaching artists Jamie & Tiffany Van Camp will create with the students a collaborate, ensemble process, resulting in a new theater work. We are thrilled to begin this program. Every opportunity to work with students at El Dorado High School is a true pleasure. Huge thank you for Drama teacher Paul Tomei for inviting us into his classroom. More updates to come!

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Interview with Gin & Zin- the creative home

Parenting is a rollercoaster. Parenting while being a professional artist and juggling creative businesses is just nuts. But that's what we do! I was delighted to share a bit of our story with Mama Blog, Gin & Zin of Placerville, California.

Check out the article here: Interview: The Creative Home

Thanks so much to Gin & Zin, please check out their website, full of blogs about Mamas & their lives, at GinAndZin.com