Who We Are
The Satori Group was founded in 2007 by a group of graduates from Williams College and UC’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM). The company has been based in Seattle since 2008. Satori consists of nine core company members (including eight founding members) and a continually expanding group of associate artists.
The Satori Group collaboratively generates new work aimed at exploring the audience experience with curiosity, commitment, and consideration to the world of each piece. We have built a culture in which dialogue, respect, and ensemble training are key; where we ask questions and empower each other to say yes and ask how.
Satori has cultivated a diverse and adventurous audience excited by getting close to the process of creating new work and hungry for the product.
The Satori Lab is intended as a space to support the exploration between initial idea and first rehearsal in a full and accessible way, both for the group and for the community.
The Satori Group debuted in Seattle in 2009 with a production of Will Eno’s TRAGEDY: a Tragedy, followed by a successful run of Ashlin Halfnight’s Artifacts of Consequence. Both pieces were regional premieres, produced in the Little Theater on Capitol Hill. In the years since, Satori has focused on creating original work. Satori pieces range from new plays developed in collaboration with emerging writers to ensemble devised installations. Notable recent productions include Winky (2010 Seattle Times Footlight Award for Avant-garde Afterglow), Fabulous Prizes (2011 Gregory Award Nomination for Outstanding Playwright), reWilding, and the Microdramas series. Most recently, the Satori Group performed a portion of current work in development, The Land is Always Known, at the Northwest New Works Festival in Seattle and the Risk/Reward Festival in Portland.
*The Land is Always Known by Spike Friedman in collaboration with the Bengsons. Directed by Caitlin Sullivan. Presented at the Northwest New Works Festival at On the Boards and Risk/Reward Festival at Artists Repertory Theater.
*Microdramas Co-Directed by Spike Friedman and Quinn Franzen.
*reWilding by Martyna Majok in collaboration with the Satori Group. Directed by Caitlin Sullivan. (World Premiere).
*Linedry generated by the ensemble, presented at the 2012 LoFi Arts Festival in conjunction with the Williams College Summer Theatre Lab. (World Premiere).
*Microdramas Co-Directed by Spike Friedman and Quinn Franzen. (World Premiere).
*Fabulous Prizes by Neil Ferron. Directed by Caitlin Sullivan. Nominated for The Gregory Award for Oustanding Playwright. (World Premiere).
*The Making of a Monster by Jessica Hatlo at the Northwest New Works Festival at On the Boards. Directed by Adam Standley. (World Premiere).
*Winky by George Saunders. Adapted with the Satori Group by Spike Friedman. Directed by Caitlin Sullivan. Seattle Times Footlight Award for Avant-garde Afterglow.(World Premiere).
*Special Presentation of UNDINE by Hand2Mouth Theatre and New Work in the Pacific Northwest panel discussion hosted by Brendan Kiley (The Stranger).
*Artifacts of Consequence by Ashlin Halfnight. Directed by Andrew Lazarow. (Regional Premiere).
*TRAGEDY: a tragedy by Will Eno. Directed by Adam Standley and Caitlin Sullivan. (Regional Premiere).
*(rsvp) by Anthony Darnell. Directed by Andrew Lazarow. Premiered at the 2008 Cincinnati Fringe Festival and received Cincinnati CityBeat’s Critic’s Pick. (World Premiere).
*The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador by Charles L. Mee. Directed by Anthony Darnell and Caitlin Sullivan. (Regional Premiere).
*Never Swim Alone by Daniel McIver. Directed by Andrew Lazarow. (Regional Premiere).
*Hello Again by Michael John LaChuisa. Directed by Andrew Lazarow.
*iLove: created by the Satori Group. Premiered at the 2007 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. iLove: earned the Cincinnati Fringe Festival’s Producer’s Pick of the Fringe and was nominated for the Cincinnati Entertainment Award (CEA) for Best Alternative Production. (World Premiere).
The Satori Group is an Associated Program with Shunpike. For questions regarding donations and development, please contact Doreen Sayegh, Managing Director.
Shunpike is a 501c3 non-profit art service organization, whose mission is to strengthen the Seattle arts community by partnering with small and mid-size arts groups to develop the business tools they need to succeed. It was founded in 2001 to support a vibrant and diverse local arts community where arts groups of all sizes could thrive. Working in close partnership with these groups, Shunpike helps solve problems quickly and impart vital skills in finance, organizational management and arts administration. Since inception, they have supported work by more than 2,000 artists in live performance, film, literary arts, visual arts, and arts education.