Ubuntu Theater Project


Ubuntu is a Zulu proverb that means 'I am because we are' and 'I am a person through other people. My humanity is tied to yours.'

Ubuntu Theater Project is a collection of artists that are committed to creating compelling works that unearth the human condition and unite diverse audiences through revelatory, heart-pounding theater.

Founded in Oakland, California, in 2012, Ubuntu Theater Project shared three annual summer theater festivals and produced 14 plays in five Bay Area cities during that time. Ubuntu Theater Project is now proud to offer year-long theater for Oakland and the Bay Area through our mainstage seasons.

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." 
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our shows engage audience members from disparate communities to unite and reveal our shared humanity. Our work sparks a deep sense of interconnectedness and mutuality that changes attitudes and behaviors. We believe in radical inclusivity and offer every professional production at a pay-what-you-can price - removing barriers to access for our audiences.

Theater has the power to foster ubuntu and address the prejudice at the root of our social dysfunction where it lives - in the hearts and minds of people.

ubuntu defined

Ubuntu: I am a person through other people. My humanity is tied to yours.

I am because we are.
— Zulu Proverb
Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity. I am what I am because of who we all are.
— Desmond Tutu
We are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us.
— President Barack Obama


"I am because WE are."