Who We Are

Our Mission

Beating of Wings is committed to building a community which supports female-identifying and other marginalized artists in their journeys to create, develop, and produce vital, socially conscious work. 

Our Values

Beating of Wings celebrates art that brings forth those voices that have been forgotten, forbidden, and suppressed, and which presents unique interpretations of the world that are fresh, new, and necessary. Beating of Wings prizes innovative storytelling and approaches its work with a true collaborative spirit. While our mission and much of our language emphasizes "female-identifying" people and "women" as our primary focus, our collective is for every person, female-identifying or otherwise, who has ever felt silenced, in the arts or in life. 

While Beating of Wings is primarily concerned with the production of theater and staged events, the collective is also committed to the intersections between different art forms and strives to maintain a diverse roster of female ensemble members, both in terms of their artistic fields and in terms of their life experiences. 

“What was this cage, invisible to us, which she felt herself to be confined in?

...Well there are many ways of being held prisoner.”

 

-Anne Carson, The Glass Essay

“Sometimes, if you aren't sure about something, you just have to jump off the bridge and grow your wings on the way down." - Danielle Steel 

Our Name

Our History

Every person is born with wings, which can carry them up into the sky and beyond the limitations of the world. Every person is born with a unique and powerful voice, which they can wield from their place in the sky to affect change both within and without themselves. But as some of these persons grow up in our world - a world which has been defined for eons by the white, cis, heterosexual male majority - their wings shrink and their voices grow high-pitched and quiet, and they believe the majority, that they cannot and should not fly, that they cannot and should not sing. At Beating of Wings, we view art as a powerful tool through which women and other marginalized people, and all of the persons whose voices have been muffled, can once more begin to grow their wings and strengthen their voices, so that they may soar freely through the clouds, shouting their truth from above until the world finally hears it. 

Beating of Wings flapped itself into existence when founder Anna Miles joined a small artist’s group led by local LA theater artist and singer/songwriter Valerie Larsen, now Beating of Wings' Associate Artistic Director. The group became a valuable source of creative inspiration, business advice, accountability, and both professional and personal support- reinforcing the belief Anna already held that a strong artistic community is the most vital ingredient in creating successful artists and meaningful art. Anna combined this belief, her passion for feminist and inclusive theater, and her extensive experience in producing and making her own theater work to create the groundwork for Beating of Wings.

Our People

Click here to learn more about our board and ensemble members.

Our Mission

Beating of Wings is committed to building a community which supports women and other underrepresented artists in their journeys to create, develop, and produce vital, socially conscious work. 

Our Values

Beating of Wings celebrates art that brings forth those voices that have been forgotten, forbidden, and suppressed, and which presents unique interpretations of the world that are fresh, new, and necessary. Beating of Wings prizes innovative storytelling and approaches its work with a true collaborative spirit. While our mission and much of our language emphasizes women as our primary focus, our collective is for every person, female or otherwise, who has ever felt silenced, in the arts or in life. 

Beating of Wings is primarily concerned with the production of theater and staged events, but the collective is also committed to the intersections between different art forms and strives to maintain a diverse roster of female ensemble members, both in terms of their artistic fields and in terms of their life experiences. 

Our Name

Our History

Every person is born with wings, which can carry them up into the sky and beyond the limitations of the world. Every person is born with a unique and powerful voice, which they can wield from their place in the sky to affect change both within and without themselves. But as some of these persons grow up in our world - a world which has been defined for eons by the white, cis, heterosexual male majority - their wings shrink and their voices grow high-pitched and quiet, and they believe the majority, that they cannot and should not fly, that they cannot and should not sing. At Beating of Wings, we view art as a powerful tool through which women and other marginalized people, and all of the persons whose voices have been muffled, can once more begin to grow their wings and strengthen their voices, so that they may soar freely through the clouds, shouting their truth from above until the world finally hears it. 

Beating of Wings flapped itself into existence when founder Anna Miles joined a small artist’s group led by local LA theater artist and singer/songwriter Valerie Larsen, now Beating of Wings' Associate Artistic Director. The group became a valuable source of creative inspiration, business advice, accountability, and both professional and personal support- reinforcing the belief Anna already held that a strong artistic community is the most vital ingredient in creating successful artists and meaningful art. Anna combined this belief, her passion for feminist and inclusive theater, and her extensive experience in producing and making her own theater work to create the groundwork for Beating of Wings.

Our People

Click here to learn more about our board and ensemble members.

“She wanted liberty. Well didn’t she have it? A reasonably satisfactory homelife, A most satisfactory dreamlife- why all this beating of wings?”-Anne Carson, The Glass Essay

Website photos by Chassey Bennet @chasseyphotography

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