The idea for MOON Collective originated in 2018 in El Paso, Texas when Jesús López, Merle DeWitt III, Athziri Morales & Brandon Ray Alba teamed up to challenge the lack of experimental, collaborative, and process-focused artistic environment in their university. Eventually, they became a group of unlike-minded artists whose divergent ideas and dissimilar backgrounds guided an untraditional way of defining “process”. Each member of the group challenges the other every step of the way, creating projects and telling stories beyond one's understanding. Ever since then, our collective has continued to grow.

Every experience and every collaboration leads us to more open doors. From performers and movement directors to music composers and graphic designers, every member of the team has a say through each step of the way in all of our projects, moving away from the power-centric methods of classic Western processes. In many ways, each of our projects has multiple directors, exercising the idea that each team member is their own leader. We have proven time and time again that our method of collaboration works and presents itself as a more fulfilling work environment for all involved.

In 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, our group decided to shift our efforts from mainly live-performance work to include projects based on video and digital media, which has led us to further explorations and innovations. We are also shifting to collaborate more within our communities, offering free opportunities for all demographics to engage with our process of expression and storytelling.

MOON Collective is not really a film company, and neither are we a theater company... We simply love telling stories, the formats and methods used in each project truly adapt to the story itself. Each of us evolving along with your projects and research.

We hope you enjoy skimming through our projects using this platform! We hope you find something new about yourself through these furtherings.

- Athziri Morales, Artistic Director
MOON Collective, 2023


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