Performance Projects

Nina Wise, having devoted her career to developing theater that addresses the complex relationship between body, intellect, society and spirit, is internationally renowned for both her spontaneous and her scripted performances. Described as a blend of Lily Tomlin, the Dalai Lama, and Jules Feiffer she is widely appreciated for her quirky humor, her wisdom, and her startling physicality as she addresses the most relevant issues of our time. 


WHAT JUST HAPPENED

Nina Wise’s What Just Happened is an improvisational performance based on personal and political events which have transpired over the previous twenty-four hours. 

What Just Happened played at The Marsh Theater in San Francisco and Berkeley in 2009 and 2010, and was met with sold-out shows, standing ovations and great reviews. Since then she has performed at venues in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Big Sur, Marin County and more. Audiences are consistently moved by the immediacy, humor and depth of the work.

 

Nina Wise performs at the Marin Veterans Auditorium, November 2015.

 
Performance artists come and go and often disappear to no one’s sorrow. But Nina Wise is something else again. She shapes theater pieces that are thoroughly grounded in theatrical design, rhythmic flow, intellectual commitment and emotional depth.
— San Francisco Cronicle

The Kepler Story

The Kepler Story is an immersive theater piece about 17th Century astronomer and mystic Johannes Kepler. Designed for planetarium domes, The Kepler Story blends theater, history, engulfing visuals and state-of-the-art sound design for a transformative, visceral experience. 

 
 
An ingenious, cutting edge theater piece that superbly intertwines story telling with glorious digital dome effects. I was riveted. What a treat!
— Jill Tarter, Astrophysicist

Now What?
Illuminating Thought, Enlightening Theater

There is growing concern amongst many of us that we are headed towards unprecedented disaster. Despite the vast challenges we are facing, there are viable, affordable, solutions available to us right now. To this end, Nina Wise teams up with theater venues to present Now What? Illuminating Talk, Enlightening Theater.

Now What? brings together some of the world’s leading visionaries to present solutions and paradigm-shifting perspectives on the most critical issues of our time. Following each talk, Nina Wise weaves the themes of the evening into one of her signature performances, transforming the conceptual issues into complex, funny, and deeply moving narratives that move our understanding from the mental realm into the heart.

You will leave the theater not only informed, but also inspired.

Past presenters have included Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield, theoretical biologist Rupert Sheldrake, cosmologist Brian Swimme, neuropsychologist Dan Seigel, activist and social commentator Van Jones, poet Jane Hirshfield, author Susan Griffin. 

Click here for a complete list of past presenters.

Nina Wise joins great talent with spiritual understanding. No one else I know so intimately joins the sublime and the absurd, surface and depth, the high and the low. Her range is enormous.
— Natalie Goldberg, author