Our Story

Michell Marshall is a woman of  action and energy,with ideas constantly churning. On a walk through the woods one day, thoughts focused on living as a community member and in the beauty of the small island of Orcas in the San Juan Islands of Washington. As a black woman, Michell reflected on the predominantly homogeneous population of Orcas, and wondered how the faces and perspectives of the island could better reflect the broader world that we actually live in.


A spark of an idea began forming as she considered what she could do to help stimulate and engage curiosity, imagination and awarenes through a multi-cultural lens. As a lover of the arts, she envisioned an organization that would embrace and present cultural inquiry and conversation by inviting to the island performance artists with diverse ethnic and cultural perspectives. By the time she finished her walk and got to her car, Michell’s vision crystalized: Woman in The Woods Productions. Then, the clincher, as she was unlocking her car door she realized, “Oh, my maiden name is Woods.”

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Our Team

Michell (Mitch) Marshall

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President

Norm Stamper

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VP/Communications

Doug Marshall

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Secretary/Treasurer

Eric Stordahl

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Board Member

Gigi Carter

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Board Member

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Feb. 22, 2020 | 5:30pm | WIWP Fundraiser Gala | Orcas Center

Steve Alboucq & Friends | John Boogz | Robin Sanders

Our annual fundraising Gala here at Orcas Center will feature Steve Alboucq’s jazz band and Special Guests John Boogz and Robin Sanders. They use the power of movement artistry and spoken word to elevate the artistic, educational, and social impact of dance. Boogz - an internationally known movement artist, choreographer, and director - melds art forms to push the evolution of dance. He has choreographed for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Naomi Campbell, and Gloria Estefan. He wrote, choreographed, directed and danced in the award winning short film Color of Reality, which showcases the art of movement. Sanders is a spoken word artist known for her poetry compositions and passionate delivery.

WIWP Fundraiser Gala Tickets:

Tickets are available at the Office Cupboard (8:30am - 5:30pm) and the Orcas Center Box Office (Tuesday-Friday 12:00pm - 3:00pm).

"Color of Reality" Jon Boogz | Lil Buck | Alexa Meade

Transfixed by racial, political, and socioeconomic tensions saturating the news, movement artists Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, enveloped by the art of Alexa Meade, switch off the TV and release their emotion into a stirring dance that is both a lament and a spirited call to action.

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July 4, 2020 | 7:00pm | DJ Spooky | "Rebirth" | Orcas Center

Paul Miller (DJ Spooky) | "Rebirth of a Nation" | Kronos Quartet

Celebrate our nation’s 244th birthday by joining Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) for a 7pm showing of Rebirth of a Nation - his provocative "Remix" of D.W. Griffith’s infamous 1915 silent film “Birth of a Nation” about the Civil War and Reconstruction. It depicted black men as ignorant and aggressive toward women, while portraying the Ku Klux Klan as heroic. The original KKK had disbanded by 1870, but Griffith’s movie inspired a second KKK to be formed in 1915. Rebirth of a Nation is a “DJ mix applied to cinema'“ which deconstructs one of the most influential and inflammatory movies of all time. 


DJ Spooky, whose career started as a deejay, is a composer, writer, and multimedia artist whose work blends many genres. He has collaborated with major recording artists including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono. His work has appeared in the Whitney Biennial survey of contemporary American art, The Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Kunsthalle in Vienna, and many other galleries.

"Rebirth of a Nation" Tickets:

Tickets are available at the Office Cupboard (Monday - Saturday, 8:30am - 5:30pm) and the Orcas Center Box Office (Tuesday - Friday 12:00pm - 3:00pm).

DJ Spooky: "Rebirth of a Nation" (Promo Trailer)

Washington, D.C.-born Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Rebirth of a Nation was his first large-scale multimedia performance piece, which has been performed more than 50 times in venues around the world, from the Sydney Festival to the Herod Atticus Amphitheater in Athens, Greece.

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Steve Alboucq as a featured artist in our Second Fundraiser

Paul Rucker's Creative Workshop held with members of the Orcas Island community

Second Fundraiser's Alex Dang, slam poet artist and winner, “What kind of Asian are you”

Paul Rucker, “Rewind,” an artist's journey of discovery and engagement

Marc Bamuthi Joseph and DBR, in Blackbird, Fly

Anastacia-Renee, Laurette Poet, writer and performance artist

"Don’t Call it a Riot," a tale of black activism in Seattle from playwright Amontaine Aurore

Sara Porkalob and Dragon Lady (Sara was our first performer in October 2017)

Our First Fundraiser featured Oliver Groenewald, Martin Lund and Moqui Lund

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Want to suggest artists or performers for WIWP to consider? Contact us. We welcome your ideas. We can also be reached at 206.794.4127.

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