ec·cen·tric | \ ik-ˈsen-trik
deviating from an established or usual pattern or style
any of a family of large heavy mammals of America and Eurasia that have long shaggy hair, rudimentary tails, and plantigrade feet and feed largely on fruit, plant matter, and insects as well as on flesh
eccentric bear (n)
ec·cen·tric bear | \ ik-ˈsen-trik ˈber
a fierce, compassionate artist who isn't afraid to think outside the cave.
who we are.
The Eccentric Bear is a grassroots theater company excited to tell stories in unique and innovative ways. With a focus in clown, movement, music, and puppetry — our rallying call is Theatro Populi: theater of and for ALL people. Our work is rooted in the belief that art is not a privilege to be reserved only for those who can access it; and we seek to create accessible, welcoming environments for anyone who wants to participate in our work: onstage and off.
access - We believe that art is not a privilege, and we are dedicated to making as much of our work as possible available to anyone who seeks it, regardless of ability or financial status.
inclusion - We are dedicated to making the Eccentric Bear a safe and welcome space for all people and will actively speak out against discrimination based on age, race, economic class, sexuality, gender, or ability. Likewise, we will work to ensure our staffing and casting decisions reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve.
excellence & innovation - The Eccentric Bear will be at the forefront of artistic excellence and professional integrity in our field, and we will strive to find unconventional and innovative ways to create theater.
joy - We believe that joy must be at the center of any creative process. Theater has the potential to be tragic, challenging, and at times even hard to watch. But in our process, we must always remember to approach the work with joy. Without it, the act of creation cannot begin.
Managing Artistic Director
Isaac Young is a writer, producer, and performance artist currently based in Greenwood, SC. He has worked professionally in multiple entertainment fields from theatre to circus to nightclubs. Onstage, he has been seen across the Dallas/ Fort Worth metroplex performing with WaterTower Theatre, Theatre 3, Shakespeare Dallas, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, among others. His solo play, The Book of Gabe, premiered at the 2018 Festival of Independent Theatres and is currently performing at various venues across the Southeast. He is the co-creator of FNU: The Fake News Update, an absurdist comedy podcast now available on all major podcasting platforms.
Isaac is a proud alum of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities and Southern Methodist University.