• Fertile Ground Festival, Portland, OR (Something's Got Ahold of My Heart)

Mission

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.

Select Festival and Tour Performances

2014

  • NW New Works Festival, On the Boards, Seattle, WA (PEP TALK)
  • Linfield College, McMinnville, OR (My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow)
  • Fertile Ground Festival, Portland, OR (PEP TALK)

2013

  • Portland Playhouse, Portland, OR (The Left Hand of Darkness)
  • Fertile Ground Festival, Portland, OR (Something's Got Ahold of My Heart)
  • La MaMa E.T.C., New York, NY (Something's Got Ahold of My Heart)

2012

  • PUSH Festival 2012, Vancouver, BC (My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow)
  • NW New Works Festival, On the Boards, Seattle, WA (Something's Got Ahold of My Heart)
  • Risk/Reward Festival, Portland, OR (Something's Got Ahold of My Heart)
  • 59E59, New York, NY (My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow)
  • KO Fest, Amherst, MA (My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow)

2011

  • Fertile Ground Festival, Portland, OR (My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow)
  • FURY Factory Festival, San Francisco, CA (Everyone Who Looks Like You)
  • 1Fest, Portland, OR (My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow)
  • City Arts Festival, Seattle, WA (My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow)
  • Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR (My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow)
  • New Orleans Fringe Festival, New Orleans, LA (My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow)

2010

  • La MaMa E.T.C., New York, NY (Everyone Who Looks Like You)
  • Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA (Everyone Who Looks Like You)
  • NW New Works Festival, On the Boards, Seattle, WA (My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow)
  • Dell'Arte International, Blue Lake, CA (Everyone Who Looks Like You)
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (Everyone Who Looks Like You)

2009

  • Theatre Off Jackson, January 2010: Seattle, WA (Undine)
  • Ontological Incubator, Aug-Sept 2009: New York, NY (Undine)
  • CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA (Undine)
  • Fury Factory Ensemble Theater Festival, San Francisco, CA (Repeat After Me)
  • Network of Ensemble Theaters Summit, San Francisco, CA (Project X)

2008

  • Myrna Loy Center, Helena, MT (Repeat After Me)
  • Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle, WA (Project X: You Are Here)
  • NW New Works Festival, Seattle, WA (Undine)
  • 10 Tiny Dances, Portland, OR (Project X: You Are Here)

2007

  • On the Boards, Seattle, WA (Repeat After Me)
  • Time Based Art Festival, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR (Repeat After Me)
  • NW New Works Festival, On the Boards, Seattle, WA (Repeat After Me)

2006

  • Just Add Water Festival, Portland Center Stage, Portland, OR (After Hours)

2005

  • Festival Malta, Poznan, Poland (Blue with Stacja Szamocin)
  • Kalisz Theatre Festival, Kalisz, Poland (Blue with Stacja Szamocin)
  • Edmonds Community College, Seattle, WA (The Wild Child)
  • Williamette University, Salem, OR (The Wild Child)

2004

  • Open Theatre International Festival, Katowice, Poland (Blue with Stacja Szamocin)
  • Pablo Neruda Centenary Festival, Portland State University, Portland, OR (Slender with Carpetbag Brigade)
  • PuppetLove! Festival, San Francisco, CA (The Wild Child)
  • River Theatre, Astoria, OR (Thirst)

2003

  • River Theatre, Astoria, OR (Posture Queen)

2002

  • Blue Mountain Community College, Pendelton, OR (Jerusalem)