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. 

In Kinship

In Kinship is a civic performance project that investigates migratory fish restoration in the Penobscot River. The project combines community dialogue, collaboration between artists and biologists, and physical interaction with both fish and the river.

Help us collect "In Kinship" performances! Use the documentation form to participate.


Our Catalyst Initiative project is complete! We were grateful for the opportunity to work with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice in the pilot round of this national civic arts cohort.

Penobscot river research: