Hand2Mouth is a theatre ensemble committed to creating original work. Drawing from dance, music, theatre and design, Hand2Mouth strives to connect honestly with audiences and collaborators, blurring the line between performance and reality. We celebrate the raw, charged potential of the live encounter, and our methods and styles change to meet the demands of the work. Hand2Mouth performances push boundaries towards theatre that is bold and accessible.

Our Story

Described by The Seattle Times as having “the kind of promise, fearlessness and energy that the American theater needs, and should encourage,” Hand2Mouth is a permanent ensemble of artists led by Artistic Director Jonathan Walters. Hand2Mouth has received multiple Portland “Drammy” Awards, including for Outstanding Ensemble Performance and Outstanding Production. Recent performances have been presented by La MaMa E.T.C. (New York, NY), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, On the Boards (Seattle), Bumbershoot Arts Festival (Seattle), Ontological Hysteric Incubator (New York, NY), Myrna Loy Center (Helena, MT), furyFACTORY Festival (San Francisco), and the Network of Ensemble Theaters (SF).

Jonathan Walters founded Hand2Mouth in 2000 after training with street theatre troupe Teatr Biuro Podrozy in Poland. Hand2Mouth has since created 18 original performances from its home in Portland, OR, and the ensemble has grown to include a core of company members and associate artists. Company members have traveled and studied in London, New York, Poland, Denmark and Mexico City to find new performance forms. Hand2Mouth performances are developed through intensive rehearsals; each show demands its own creation process and training which builds over months of exploration including long form improvisations, endurance singing and rigorous mind-research. From these raw seeds, the company hones fragments into cohesive wholes, producing theatre that could not be produced from the pages of a script.