Grant Recipient Details

New Orleans, LA, and Middletown, CT
Project Title
Ocean Filibuster
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Theater Project Creation & Touring Grant
Grant Amount

Ocean Filibuster is a genre-crashing music theater piece that invites audiences into an intimate relationship with the ocean, revealing ocean and human systems to be intricately entwined. Set in a future Global Senate, Jenn Kidwell embodies both Mr. Majority– Senate leader, proposing a bill to end the ocean as we know it– and The Ocean, appearing in human form to defend itself. The show uses large-scale video projection, an interactive intermission and an “ocean choir” to implore audiences to examine life out-of-balance: out of balance with the earth and with each other. 

Ocean Filibuster is being developed on unceded territories throughout the U.S., including on the lands of the Lenape, Wappinger, and Munsee in NY; the Wangunk in Middletown, CT; the Pawtucket in Cambridge, MA; the Karankawa, Sana, and Coahuiltecan in Houston, TX; and the Houma, Choctaw, Atakapa, Coushatta, Chitimacha, Caddo and Tunica people in Southeastern Louisiana. We acknowledge this land was violently stolen from these these native people and will amplify their rightful sovereignty as we engage with audiences through our work.

Projected Touring Availability

Please contact the tour coordinator for more information.

Tour Coordinator

Amanda Cooper
Tour Manager 
ALC Management
Tel. (718) 748-7287  

Work Samples

Next to flowers made of fabric, a woman lays on the ground blowing into a straw.
photo by Paula Court | How to Build a Forest, The Kitchen, 2011
A white woman stands in field, intertwined with tall flowers.
A young Black person carries something shiny in a field of flowers and screams.