Established in 1997, the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble is a permanent collective of jazz musicians, modern dancers, and actors. Performers collaborate through an ensemble-based process to create politically-charged, original works. Strike Anywhere's mission is to promote empathy, freethinking and greater social awareness through provocative theatre and educational outreach. Its work is guided by the words of Bertolt Brecht, "Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it." SA performances always feature live music, physical theater and modern dance. The company applies structures and concepts from American jazz to their inter-disciplinary improvisations to create performances that are provocative and alive.
Following a six-year residence at the Theatre at St. Clements in Times Square, Strike Anywhere formed an alliance with the Brecht Forum, a progressive social-justice organization. From 2003-present, Strike Anywhere has produced a variety of shows and outreach programs at the Brecht Forum. From 2007-2009, Strike Anywhere became a resident company of the Zipper Factory. The company enjoys a strong alliance with the Irondale Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and has co-produced several shows there.
Strike Anywhere tours extensively. The company has appeared at dozens of venues including: B.A.M., American Airlines Theater, P.S. 122, The Irondale Center, Theatre at St. Clements, Theater for the New City, Galapagos, and HERE Arts Center. Internationally, SA has performed or presented at festivals and conferences in Indonesia, France, Hawaii & England. National venues include: Goethe Institut (Washington DC), Theatre Building Chicago, Magdalena Festival (RI), KO Festival of Performance (MA), Catskill Festival of New Theatre (NY), Network of Ensemble Theatres Festival (ME, HI, NC & CA) and the Fury Factory Festival (CA). Educational venues include: Bucknell University, Brown University, Penn State, Trinity College, Hood College, Muhlenberg, N.Y.U., C.U.N.Y. and several S.U.N.Y. schools. Strike Anywhere's Artistic/Producing Director, Leese Walker, is the recipient of the 2011 BAX Arts Educator Award, the 2010 Arts Presenters Emerging Leaders Scholarship, and the prestigious 2004 APPEX Fellowship, a 6-week artistic exchange between 16 international artists in Bali, Indonesia. Strike Anywhere has been featured on Radio France, NPR, WBAI, German Public Radio and U.S. and German television.
Strike Anywhere is a proud member of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (N.E.T.), and the Alliance of Resident Theaters (A.R.T./NY)