On Being American (2017)

What does it mean to be a real American? Who and what determines individual and collectively shared “America-ness”? On Being American is an intimate, playful and participatory dance-theater project that investigates how we think of, relate to, and begin to understand what America signifies in day-to-day life.

On Being American is a project conceived by Christine Suarez, choreographed in collaboration with Shelby Williams-Gonzalez, and developed with local residents and interviewees. Direction and dramaturgy by Nguyen Nguyen. Original sound design and editing by Skye Steele and costume design by Michelle Groisman.


On Being American was made possible through support from the Community & Access Grant from Santa Monica Cultural Affairs and individual donors. Christine is also honored to have received an Artist Fellowship grant from the city of Santa Monica to support this project.