Each manifestation of projects under ICTUS seek to catalyze
action, or incite the viewer, and illicit a response.
The Living Word Project is a theater commissioning, developing and producing company, whose work crosses disciplines integrating photography, film, visual arts and new media into its creations. As a collective of designers, performers, directors and technicians, our work endeavors to break open new modes of narrative, employing emerging aesthetics and techniques that push the possibilities of storytelling and theatre. This fluid movement and conceptual relationship sets the framework for raising questions about and investigating the possibilities of collaborative and community participation, while highlighting the potential of the stage, the street and the gallery as spaces of self-expression when they are democratized through collaborative creative exercises. As artists, our aesthetic remains true to guiding principals of documenting the “underground”, or “marginalized” persons and movements in modern society. While our storytelling devices may use portraiture, theater, visual art, and film, we look to have as an end-result, a series of performative and visual non-fiction essays in which the ethos of revolution, color consciousness, or racism are deconstructed as the result of historical facts, rather than inherent or implicit conditions of the human temperament.
Since inception, Living Word Project has played a critical role in the creation and integration of disparate artists and audiences into its projects. Because we believe it is critical to find multiple pathways toward opportunity and access for emerging artists, the investment in and development of our projects has allowed us to not only help to shift the theater landscape, but also to create moments of inspiration for “the uninitiated” members of our society who are just exploring the power of the arts. By helping to enter new artists and audiences into the fold, our hope is to be a part of birthing a rejuvenated field that approaches the new generation of artists, and their modes of storytelling as core participants in cultural development.