Our History

We Players is a Bay Area-based arts nonprofit that was founded in 2000 at Stanford University by Ava Roy, and has been managed by Ava Roy and Lauren Dietrich Chavez since 2009. We create immersive artistic experiences that raise awareness of our immediate physical environments and strengthen our understanding of and relationship with our project site and related environmental, social, and political issues. All of our programs are site-integrated and intrinsically interactive.

The cast of "Twelfth Night, or What You Will" - 2003

The cast of "Twelfth Night, or What You Will" - 2003

Our company’s site-integrated focus and commitment to engage with history and ecology, build community, and use art to foster a personal connection with place has led to unprecedented partnerships with the National Park Service and California State Parks. We produce a variety of performance and community engagement programs that are accessible to the diverse population of regular park visitors, and also draw local visitors to park sites specifically to experience our work.