Lucia Neare is a 21st-century pioneer of larger-than-life theatre in public spaces. A site-specific theatre artist, director, producer, designer, sculptor, writer, soprano, creative facilitator, and de facto urban planner, Lucia uses these skills to create free performances that transform civic landscapes into free-to-everyone participatory dreamworlds – moments in time that model a generous society where all are welcome. Her work helps humans connect across difference – neighbor to neighbor, stranger to stranger. In 2006, she founded her company, Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders, and has since presented more than 50 of these works, drawing together tens of thousands—of all ages and backgrounds—in the Pacific Northwest to experience what Lucia calls a Theatre of Revolutionary Kindness.
In 2019, Artist Trust and the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation honored Lucia with their 2019 Arts Innovator Award, which recognizes Washington State artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. In 2014, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation bestowed one of its inaugural Impact Awards on Lucia for these pioneering spectacles. In 2012, the City of Seattle awarded Lucia its Mayor’s Arts Award, and that same year she was appointed Artist-in-Residence for both Seattle and the City of Redmond. More recently, Lucia was Artist-in-Residence at Seattle’s ACT Theatre, where, with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, she founded and led a 20-member cultural think tank that explored the intersection of theatre, technology, Millennial Culture, and the quality of public life in the Digital Age. Currently, through 4Culture’s Creative Consultancies Program, Lucia works with the City of Kent, Washington – the tenth most diverse city in the country – where she’s facilitating the creation the city’s first-ever Arts and Culture Plan. Collaborating with the community and civic agents at all levels of government, Lucia’s work in Kent seeks to mobilize arts and culture to build inclusive, welcoming community. Regionally, Neare’s work has been commissioned and supported by Seattle Art Museum, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Washington State Arts Commission, Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Seattle City Light, On the Boards, Seattle Arts Commission, and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Neare studied Theatre/Contemporary Performance at Naropa University, and holds a degree from Mount Holyoke College. For more information, please visit lucianeare.org.