Mo`olelo was recognized by The American Theatre Wing with their 2011 National Theatre Company grant.
Mo`olelo exists to uncover and research stories within different communities and bring them to life on stage, using all the artistic and technical elements of the performing arts.
Mo`olelo exists to produce original stories by contemporary playwrights and lesser-known stories by master playwrights.
Mo`olelo exists to educate youth in technical theater and design, exposing them to potential careers, and grooming this new generation of theater artists so they can tell stories on stage with integrity.
Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company’s mission is to create, produce, and educate. Through all three aspects, we seek to broaden the scope of San Diego’s cultural environment by offering professional, socially-conscious theater that provides a voice for diverse and underrepresented populations, aesthetics, and issues on stage; generates participation and dialogue between local communities; and creates paid employment for local theater artists. Our commitment to paying artists union-level wages reflects our strong belief that professional, resident artists will make San Diego a nationally-competitive destination arts scene, thus improving the quality of life for all people of San Diego County. Mo`olelo serves the diverse general public, from youth to seniors, with particular focus toward providing a forum for those who are typically underserved in mainstream American theater. Mo`olelo means story in Hawaiian, and is a reflection of our vision to present powerful stories that are as diverse as the Islands of Hawaii.
by Mia McCullough. Photo by Nick Abadilla