ABOUT US

 

We believe in the power of the arts for cultural transformation. We are a group of artists, edge-walkers, people who believe in the power of engaging our innate creative spark, sharing that expression with the world, and supporting others whose voices have been marginalized. 

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CURRENT PROJECTS

Here's what we're working on. We invite your participation and support through tax-deductible donations. Together we can create a world where every person is respected, dignity is upheld, and kindness and laughter connects us across perceived boundaries. Together we can bring the arts into communities as a conduit of change, to reimagine culture, and extend places of belonging and transformation. 

Together.

To be published January 2020

This book emerged from a Ted & Co Theaterworks tour of the play Laughter is Sacred Space, written by starring Ted Swartz. The play highlights the true story grappling with the suicide of his best friend and business partner. Ted brought a crew with him this tour, including a photographer, who took stunning portrait photos of audience members who wanted to tell their own story of loss, or of their own wrestling with mental health. The poignant, honest, beautiful and heart-wrenching stories shared during this tour, along with the smiles, expressions, and nuance of faces, begged to be put into book form and into the hands of anyone who has walked a similar path, those who work with them and love them. It is  testament to the ferocious and gentle beauty of the human soul. 

Your donation will help get this book printed and distributed, to touch lives, challenge stigma, and embrace hope.

Portraits From the Human Faces Tour: Mental Health Struggles and Resilience book

Rewrites in process... 

Ted Swartz wrote the play, I'd Like to Buy an Enemy in 2009, performed by Ted and by Tim Ruebke, addressing the socio-political reality of that time. Rewrites are in progress to update the show within the context of the existing climate of 'othering' to address racial, gender, immigrant and interfaith justice. 

In a time of division and projection, driven by fear and trauma, this show is an important piece, exposing the illusion of separation and reminding us of our interconnection with every 'other' and the beauty of diversity.

Funds are needed for rewrites and rebranding, as well as for underwriting shows to make this available for tours prior to the 2020 elections and after. 

I'd Like to Buy an Enemy 2.0 

rewrite and rebrand

Touring Fall 2019 and 2020

This show is a rewrite from the original play, Discovery: A Comic Lament, by young playwright Alison Casella Brookins, performed by Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne. The play looks at love of land, loss of land, and what it means to "own" something. 

The play examines how that "ownership" came to be defined in North America. Diving into historical documents, absurd situations, 

and extended metaphors, the audience learns how the Doctrine of Discovery (the legal framework that justifies theft of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples) still carries forth its mandate, causing continued harm to land and to Indigenous People today.

Funds are needed to rebrand this show and to underwrite the cost so that any community interested in furthering this important conversation can do so.

We Own This Now - play rewrite and rebrand