UMO Ensemble is one of the most innovative, compelling and critically acclaimed performance companies based in the Pacific Northwest, thanks to work like Fail Better, Red Tiger Tales, El Dorado, Maldoror and more.

UMO’s mission is to stir the human spirit and incite the imagination by providing awe, challenge and inspiration through the original and compelling art that is UMO. We are a theater of connection – to our audience, to the ensemble, to our bodies, to the imagination. Our work is image-rich and physical. We work with a broad palette, combining character, movement, music, sculpture and story. We seek the ancient alchemy of live performance, through which thoughts and images under the surface of culture are given voice and form.

In the past 25 years, UMO has made over twenty mind-blowing, gorgeous, original pieces of physical theatre. For just a tiny taste of our past work, visit this page.

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UMO Mission

Our mission is to stir the human spirit and incite the imagination by providing awe, challenge and inspiration through the original and compelling art that is UMO.

UMO Credo

We are a theater of connection – to our audience, to the ensemble, to our bodies, to the imagination. Our work is image-rich and physical. We work with a broad palette, combining character, movement, music, sculpture and story. We seek the ancient alchemy of live performance, through which thoughts and images under the surface of culture are given voice and form.

A Brief UMO Biography

UMO began their creative collaboration in 1989. The company is committed to a permanent Ensemble of performers who create and compose their own productions. The Ensemble’s creative process is rooted in physical theater: improvisations in movement, character, vocalizing, and writing are the basis for the creation and development of new works.
In the past twenty five years, UMO Ensemble has become known as one of the most innovative, compelling and critically acclaimed performance companies based in the Pacific Northwest. The Ensemble has performed in theaters, at festivals and in schools throughout the Northwest, the United States, Canada and Europe and is considered one of the premiere ensembles to coin the phrase “physical theatre”.

UMO has created over 30 new works of theatre, expanded to include a rich family of multidisciplinary associate artists and inspired the next generation of artists through The UMO School of Physical Arts.

New. Athletic. Poetic, Loud, Theatre.

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