The company is led by co-directors Sherrine Azab and Jake Hooker, whose work has been seen, together and separately, in New York (The Bushwick Starr, The Chocolate Factory Theater, The Kitchen, HERE, Dixon Place, etc.), Berlin (Ida Nowhere, The Lyn-Lin), San Francisco (Intersection for the Arts), Cleveland (Cleveland Public Theatre), New Orleans (Catapult), Detroit (HomeBase, The Play House, ArtlabJ, The Sidewalk Festival For the Performing Arts, The Jam Handy, Light Box) and elsewhere.
Since relocating to Detroit in Fall 2012, the company has created and produced five original evening-length works, curated/presented multiple installments of two distinct performance series, toured to several U.S. cities, and developed an in-school "arts-forward" educational program that is closely tied to our productions. In 2014 and 2016 A Host of People was a recipient of the Knight Arts Challenge Award.
We create art around these questions: How can we host more people into theatrical works that are complex and multifarious; work that is poetic, visual, multi-focal, and frees the viewer’s imagination, curiosity and spirit? We draw from existing literary works (Time! and/or Progress?, Cleopatra Boy), collaged texts (Life Is Happening To Us Again), historical figures (The Modern Woman, Re-Release Party), social movements (The Harrowing), and personal story (Neither There, Nor Here), among other sources. In addition to producing 1-2 shows a year, we curate a series called Performance, Potluck, and Punch that pairs two short, living room-sized performances in our home and invites our neighbors in for the price of a dish to share. In 2017, we inaugurated SUPERYOU: A Queer Performance Event.
We invite audiences into our art as we would guests into our home, whether it is in our house, on the street, in a garden, or in a theater.