Mission & History


We Players presents site-integrated performance events that transform public spaces into realms of participatory theater. We bring communities together, reclaiming local spaces for public discourse and civic celebration through art. Extending the transformative powers of performance beyond the stage, we invite our collaborators and audience to engage fully and awaken to the spectacular world around us.


We Players is a Bay Area-based arts nonprofit that was founded in 2000 at Stanford University by Ava Roy, and has been managed by Ava Roy and Lauren Dietrich Chavez since 2009. We create immersive artistic experiences that raise awareness of our immediate physical environments and strengthen our understanding of and relationship with our project site and related environmental, social, and political issues. All of our programs are site-integrated and intrinsically interactive.

Our company’s site-integrated focus and commitment to engage with history and ecology, build community, and use art to foster a personal connection with place has led to unprecedented partnerships with the National Park Service and California State Parks. We produce a variety of performance and community engagement programs that are accessible to the diverse population of regular park visitors, and also draw local visitors to park sites specifically to experience our work.

Production History (2000-2015)


Ondine at Sutro, 2015

King Fool, 2014

Macbeth at Fort Point, 2014

Macbeth at Fort Point, 2013

Twelfth Night on Hyde Street Pier, 2012

The Odyssey on Angel Island State Park, 2012

The Odyssey on Alma, 2011

Hamlet on Alcatraz, 2010

Iphigenia and Other Daughters, 2009

Macbeth at Fort Point, 2008

The Tempest at the Albany Bulb, 2006

House of Will, 2005

Jabberwocky, 2003

Twelfth Night, Or What You Will, 2002

Portrait of a Fool, 2002

Hamlet, 2001

Romeo & Juliet, 2000

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