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.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Next Up

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July 21 – 23
at ACT Theatre

An ACTLab Production

“What does resistance look like? How do we resist? What is irresistible?”

UMO and an amazing group of guest artists – featuring new buffoons, ladies in white, aerialists, musicians, singers, dancers, burlesque artists and more – will explore and explode these questions, with the vital help of the audience. Presidential addresses, suffrage speeches, found text and comic improvisation meld together in a show unlike anything else.

UMO Resistance Cabaret will be performed in The Bullitt Theatre Space at ACT, 700 Union Street, in downtown Seattle. The production opens on July 21, 2017 and runs through July 23, 2017 - THREE NIGHTS ONLY!

SEATING is LIMITED & Tickets are selling fast - BUY EARLY!

Tickets start at $25 (student & senior discounts available). For tickets and more information, call 206.292.7676 or visit www.acttheatre.org.

For tickets and more information, call 206.292.7676 or visit www.acttheatre.org.