We use arts-based experiential learning to disrupt systems of oppression.
Earthseed serves BIPoC communities and the Disruptors who disrupt on their behalf by offering professional and personal development workshops, theatre classes, wilderness travel workshops, affordable space rental, pottery wheel rental, and community engagement events. Our Beacon Hill brick-and-mortar locations is place for art, laughter, engaging conversations and personal and community growth.
We facilitate educational workshops, multi-day professional development symposiums, and administer school-based residencies that use theatre to examine racialized identity development in participants of all ages. Our pedagogy is centered in arts-based education.
Mission: Earthseed uses theatre in Wild spaces to decolonize those spaces and the bodies that pass through them.
Vision: We will create a world where all people are free from identities that are constructed for and assigned to them without their consent. We are determined to free wild spaces for individuals from systemically marginalized populations. Until we decolonize what white body supremacy culture has claimed for itself we, as a collective will not be free.
Everything we do at Earthseed is rooted in the belief that all identities belong in Wild spaces. Those spaces are not just limited to big “W” wild spaces. Wild spaces include: classrooms, nonprofit organizations, for profit organizations, individual bodies, and family units. We want you to know that there is a place for you. If you don't think it exists let’s carve it out together.
"Earthseed is learning to live in partnership with one another in small communities, and at the same time, working out a sustainable partnership with our environment. It’s about treating education and adaptability as the absolute essentials that they are.”
-Parable of the Talents, Octavia Butler
Jéhan Òsanyìn, Founding Executive Director & Artistic Director
Leona Moore-Rodriguez, Board Member
Teddy McGlynn-Wright, Board Member
Nicole Walters, Board Member
Chev Gary, Board Member
Photography provided by Jared Chambers
What We've Achieved
3 year in-school residency with Seattle Public Schools
Professional Development Workshops with Communities of Opportunity. Seattle Foundation and King County launched Communities of Opportunity (COO) in 2014 to improve health, social, racial, and economic outcomes by focusing on places, policies, and systems changes.
Professional Development Workshops: Byrd Barr Place nurtures a more equitable Seattle through programs that help Seattle residents with basic human services—a warm home, food on the table, and immediate financial relief—so they can break the cycle of poverty and build self-sufficiency.
June 10th: Our first production goes up! We’re presenting Ninja Girl by Michael Moore at Cleveland High School.
10% of merchandise sales donated to The Duwamish because we are on Indigenous Land.
Fully funded Cooperative Grief Project: August 2020
Video features “Understanding Your Storytelling” or “Entender Contar Cuentos” Jéhan facilitated while they were an Artist-in-Residence in Spain. This clip includes Ilyas from Germany, Ursula from Spain, and Yasemin from Turkey.
"The belief that all genuine education comes about through experience does not mean that all experiences are genuinely or equally educative." John Dewey