Ava Roy

Artistic Director

Ava is the Founding Artistic Director of We Players and is dedicated to transforming public spaces into realms of immersive theatre. Since 2008, she has pioneered unique partnerships with both the National Park Service and the California State Park system, creating large-scale performances at park sites throughout the Bay Area. Inspired and guided by Shakespeare since her teenage years, Ava has explored many characters from the canon including Juliet, Olivia, Henry V, Mercutio, Feste, Viola, Lady Macbeth, Cordelia, and Lear’s Fool. Her unique style of interactive, site-integrated performance aims to highlight the historical and natural treasures of the local landscape and encourage new ways of experiencing and appreciating these places. Her work is deeply inspired by the entrenched histories and energies of each site, as well as the natural environment. She strives to include site stakeholders as well as communities connected to the embedded themes of a place. Ava is an alumna of Stanford University where she earned her BA in a self-designed major: Ritual and Performance in Aesthetic Education, 2003. In addition to her performance work, Ava is a yoga teacher and sailor.