See Saw was founded in 2017 with a mission to create applied theatre projects in the Triangle. Applied theatre (AT) utilizes the dramatic arts as a tool for social change. It intersects and engages many disciplines such as public health, prison reform, education, urban planning etc, is participatory in nature, and can often be found outside of the traditional theater stage in community centers, classrooms, prisons, and site specific locations. See Saw creates projects that foster:

  • social engagement

  • an outlet to examine ideas about social injustice and social change

  • hands on learning

  • a deeper sense of community

  • reflection about identity

  • leadership cultivation

  • meaningful artistic experiences

  • the freedom to play and connect no matter what age

In 2019, See Saw founder Amy Sawyers-Williams and local artist April Storm Perry piloted a successful theatre & improv class at Wake Corrections Center. They are seeking funding opportunities to continue this program.

See Saw Projects was founded by Amy Sawyers-Williams, a theatre maker who has lived and worked in Chicago, Madison, NYC, and is now based in Raleigh. She earned her Master’s in Applied Theatre from CUNY, where she gained experience in devising, Theatre of the Oppressed, Theatre-In-Education, and as a teaching artist in the NYC schools. Amy has co-created and devised six original shows and workshops with diverse communities that have been featured locally and nationally. In addition to See Saw, Amy oversees the Arts Outreach and Engagement program at Arts NC State and has been directing, teaching and performing in theatre and improv around the Triangle since 2009.


SEE SAW APPLIED THEATRE PROJECTS is fiscally sponsored by VAE Raleigh, a 501(c)3 non-profit creativity incubator. All donations are tax-deductible.