Performing arts & civic dialogue

Open Waters is a performance collaborative that aims to create opportunities for effective communication and cultural exchange through the production of theatrical events. Emphasizing participatory research and interdisciplinary approaches, Open Waters projects are grounded in arts-based civic dialogue and take place in diverse communities across the state of Maine.

Both an independent practice and a collaborative entity, Open Waters is administered by artist Jennie Hahn. It functions as a vessel to hold a collection of creative collaborations, both continuous and finite, between and among artists, community organizations, civic leaders, and individuals. 

Current Work: 


Read about In Kinship on HowlRound:

In Kinship: A River and Recovery in Many Acts by Jennie Hahn, published September 2017.

IN KINSHIP is not designed to address a single facet of environmental harm or manifestation of climate change for this river. Rather, it is an arts-based effort to help increase the resiliency of the system and everyone who is a part of it, to tell its many stories, to invest in recovery, and to shift the consciousness of its communities toward justness.

archives & performance lab


The In Kinship Archives and Performance Lab will assemble a group of artists and scholars from multiple disciplines in the fall of 2018 for an intensive retreat incorporating workshops with archivists and curators from several repositories of public memory in Maine. Based on materials in these archives and hands-on experiences with the Penobscot River, participants in the retreat will propose transdisciplinary approaches to researching historical narratives of the Penobscot River and sharing those narratives with a broader public. After the retreat, they will work to actualize their proposals, to be presented at a public “journal launch” event and published in digital format in spring 2019.

Fisheries dialogues

In Kinship in 2016 focused on migratory fish restoration in the Penobscot River. Three co-curated events combined community dialogue, collaboration between artists and biologists, and physical interaction with both fish and the river. Learn more HERE. 


performance scores

In May of 2015, Open Waters artists Jennie Hahn and Cory Tamler spent three days observing fisheries biologists from the Maine Department of Marine Resources during the spring migrations of several fish species. The In Kinship Performance Scores were written in response.