CYTT: Ring 5
hometown: Northfield, Minnesota
current residence: Bend, OR
teaching area: Bend, OR & anywhere I am invited
current teaching: CircusYoga workshops for families, sports teams and community groups; artist residencies for all ages including special populations incorporating play, expressive movement, risk taking, trust and ensemble building (themes include circus as a global adventure, clowning, bullying, character commercials, limerick writing, biographies, living museums, science of physics and Art on the Move); educator workshops incorporating kinesthetic movement in curricular learning.
education/training: CircusYoga Level 2 training; Hatha Yoga Teacher Training; MA in Teaching, UNH; MN Teaching Certification K-6; BA in American Studies Colby College; Bachelor of Fun Arts, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey College; workshop training at Celebration Barn Theater with Avner Eisenberg, Tony Montanaro and David Gaines; Physical Approaches with Jon Ferguson and Physical Theater with Kari Margolis; eight years of Yoga; Reiki Master.
performance experience: Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Gold Unit; Clown College Japan and The International Clown Festival in Japan. Currently performing: Bumbling Science, Becoming a Clown and Music & Mischief.
collaboration/leadership experience: MN Perpich Center for the Arts in Education: Ace Theater Consultant; Coordinator, Partner Program; Partnering and Arts Integration Research Consultant; Arts Best Practices Network; Arts and Schools as Partners Teaching Artist. VSA Arts Minnesota, collaborator of integrated arts experiences for students with special needs and multiple collaborations with MN educators.
influential teachers: children, Eckhart Tolle, Carolyn Myss, Lucille Ball, Maritza.
current studies/adventures: clowning with Jon Ferguson, creating Laughing Spirit Arts & Equine camp, studying authentic equine facilitated learning, exploring the benefits and long term effects of spontaneous play and creativity.