‘We need the tonic of wilderness…we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, and indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable.’ Henry David Thoreau
Wilderness works internationally to push the envelope of the traditional theatre-going experience. Inspired by disused, unexplored and uninhabited spaces, we create immersive, experiential and interdisciplinary theatrical events that disrupt the boundaries between observer and observed. We offer intimate live experiences in a variety of traditional and non-traditional spaces, which have hitherto included a disused engine shop in Los Angeles, the former BBC executive offices in London, the Bush Theatre attic in London, the proscenium stage at the Getty Villa, and the backstage fly loft at the San Francisco Playhouse.
Founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Annie Saunders, the award-winning company has been described as “a company of theatre makers whose body of work will, in time, define a new generation of artists.” (Madani Younis, Artistic Director, Bush Theatre, London)
Wilderness began in the spirit of adventure and curiosity: a deep drive to explore that which is hidden in plain sight. The company makes its work in long periods of research, experimentation and development which brings together performers, designers, writers, artists and experts from across disciplines, with crucial support from many partners, including Los Angeles Performance Practice, Theatre Delicatessen (UK), Bush Theatre (London), The Getty Villa (Los Angeles), HeLo (Los Angeles), and the San Francisco Playhouse.
We offer many opportunities for learning and community engagement, and offer masterclasses in devising with text and movement internationally every year.