Kathryn Oliver, artistic director, visual artist and film maker
Kathryn Oliver has a professional arts background in painting, theater, photography and dance. Her love of literature and myth formed the inspiration to weave the timeless wisdom of the ages into her unique, visionary story-telling for theater. Kathryn is founder and artistic director of Terra Diddle Collective, a performance group which combines mythical stories, large puppetry, music and dance. She is also a collaborator with Kristi Williamson in LEAP, a ritual performance inspired by the poetry of Rumi.
Kathryn is presently creating film shorts of myths and poetry. She also exhibits nationally and internationally, black and white fine art photographs, as well as photo encaustics and oil paintings. A current exhibit of her paintings are on display at Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland, Maine.
Kathryn teaches photo encaustic workshops out of her studio and at Maine Media Workshops.
Her personal website: www.kathrynoliver.com
Kristi Williamson, co-director, choreographer, musical director, performing artist
Kristi Williamson has a professional background in dance and theater and holds a BFA in musical theater from Syracuse University. She is passionate about archetypal exploration through cultural dance forms and ritual theater. Post-modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin and Afro-Brazilian contemporary dancer Rosangela Silvestre, are two of her most influential teachers.
Most recently Kristi has been developing a program in collaboration with Tamalpa Institute, working with survivors of human trafficking. The past three winters, she has run a month long program for victims of sexual slavery in Kolkata, India. She trained extensively with Tamalpa Institute and received a certification in movement-based expressive arts.
Kristi is founder of LEAP, Living Expressive Arts Project, a multi- media ritual theater platform; combining mystic poetry, visuals, dance and music. She is a collaborator and theatrical/musical director of Terra Diddle Collective since 2009, founded by Oliver.
Kristi is an active dancer with Anna Halprin's performance lab in San Francisco. She danced with Tika's Morgan's Afro-Brazilian contemporary company in San Francisco 2015-2017. She has recently trained in Salvador, Brazil and Bhubaneshwar, India in both Orisha Afro-Brazilian dance and Odissi classical indian dance. She performs with Marianne Lust's Vermont-based ritual theater company Night Fires, yearly since 2013. Kristi also dances with Shana Bloomstein's Women's Works, annually.
Yoga, creative movement, and devotional music are at the root of her practice. She has taught throughout the country including at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and the United Nations in NYC. She is dedicated to bridging the disciplines of performance and healing arts.
Kristi lives between mid-coast Maine and San Francisco, teaching and performing. She has spent nearly every summer of her life on the ocean, working and sometimes living aboard old wooden schooners. This seafaring culture has shaped who she is and her love for nature.
Shana Bloomstein, choreographer, dancer
Shana Bloomstein is from Freedom, ME. Her exploration of movement began at the age of 3 with Lisa Newcomb at Forest Friends. She has spent her life as a mover and maker of art, in a performing arts and healing landscape. While attending Hampshire College, she was a student of artist and educator Nia Love, and went on to dance for Love in NYC for four years as an original member of Blacksmith's Daughter Dance Theatre Co. (now Love/Fort Co.) Shana studied African dance diaspora extensively, starting at a young age with Arthur Hall and Richard Gonzelas in ME and including studies in Senegal, West Africa with Babacar and Cheik N’Daye. She is a graduate of KVCC, Arizona School of Integrative Studies and Atmanada Yoga Teacher Training. She currently works as a PTA in Pediatrics at WCGH, privately at her business Cycles of Life Therapeutic Massage, and teaches Dance and Yoga. She is the artistic Director of Women’s Works, an annual offering in its 12th year this summer. Shana performs professionally as a solo artist and in collaboration with artists throughout New England. Her greatest creative inspiration and Joy is being a mother to her children Dawud and Nnenaya.
Women's Works website: womensworksdance.com
Hanna DeHoff, dancer, performer
Hanna grew up in Camden and attended Camden-Rockport schools and is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, The University of Maine in Orono and the Swedish Institute of Massage in NYC. After a career of dance and theater in NYC and many hours working in restaurants she returned to Mid-Coast Maine in 2005 with her husband David Troup. She has worked locally with many groups and most recently has danced and choreographed pieces for Women’s Works with Shana Bloomstein and dancers from 2010-2017. She also choreographed a full length production of “L’Histoire du Soldat” for Everyman Repertory in 2014 and most recently John Burstein’s “Night Kitchen” for its premier in December 2016. She continues to teach Modern Dance and Yoga in the area and also has a Massage Therapy Practice in Rockland.
David Troup, performer
David Troup is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase acting program and a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. Among many roles, he performed Nick in Arthur Penn’s NYC revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and has either acted in or directed most of Camden’s Everyman Repertory Theatre’s productions, including the role of Rothko in Red, Vanya in Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike and that of Rick in their recent comedic adaptation of Casablanca.
Molly Gawler, musician
Molly Gawler finds great joy in dancing and making music. She studied ballet with Andrei Bossov in Pittsfield, Maine and furthered her dance training with contemporary and modern at SUNY Purchase in NY. She toured the world with Pilobolus Dance Theater and starred in the lead role of the 'dog-girl' in the show Shadowland. Curiosity of other movement led her to study circus at New England Center for Circus Arts where she learned Cyr Wheel, Aerial Arts and acrobatics. Molly came full circle, back home to Maine where she started Droplet Dance and choreographs solo and duet pieces often collaborating local traditional folk musicians. Molly plays fiddle and sings with the Gawler Sisters and the Gawler Family Band.
Her personal website: www.dropletdance.com
Elsie Gawler, musician
Singer, cellist, and songwriter, Elsie grew up as a member of the legendary Gawler Family Band; a fun-loving folk singing family from central Maine. She and her family can be found spreading their music and contagious smiles throughout Maine from farmers markets to festivals. She also collaborates musically with others highlighting original and contemporary music on the cello, banjo, and fiddle interwoven with vocal melodies and harmonies. Currently living in Belfast, Maine Elsie is also a farmer, artisan, and student of traditional healing practices.
Ralph Hassenpflug, photographer, narrator
Ralph Hassenpflug studied European literature in Germany and France. He was born in West Germany and emigrated to the United States in 2002. He is a fine art photographer.
He regularly presents his work in national and international shows.
Ralph is a creator of dreamlike images. He offers workshops in Maine and in Europe for the individual development of photographic vision. His book "Gateway to the Temple", on sacred places of Brittany, France, was published in 2014.
His personal website: Ralphhassenpflug.com
Robin Anne Beattie Horty, costume designer
Robin Horty costume designer, is a gardener, poet, wife, mother and grandmother to three wonderful little girls. She is the creator of The Home Place Fairies and The Fairy School Workshops at Home Place Farm. As Seamstress to the Fairies Robin creates wearable gardens in the form of costumes that have lent a magical touch to past performances of The Terra Diddle Collective and LEAP. Robin is very excited to have collaborated on costumes for this performance of WAXWINGS.
Her personal website: www.homeplacefairies.com
Kristen Eckmann, costume designer
Kristen Eckmann moved from Bangor to Mid-Coast Maine in 2005 to immerse herself in a Maine contemporary art scene. She possesses more than 20 years of progressive experience in the art field.
Kristen’s professional history includes working as a curator at Intown Art Center and Gallery and overseeing Special Exhibitions at Detroit Institute of the Arts. She holds multiple degrees in Studio Arts: Papermaking, silk screening, sewing, painting, drawing, studio skills and building maintenance. Eckmann also has extensive experience as a fitness instructor, organizing/developing/running a sports league, fundraising, community and public relations.
Kristen Eckmann took a break from studio work to raise her two children, start a roller derby league, finish her Native Shamanic training, and build a roller derby management company, Maine United Roller Derby.
She is now working to develop a new body of work that honors the feminine as a guide for wisdom and promote peace in the times we are facing in our political climate… Honoring Women For The BADASSES They ARE YO!
Kristen Eckmann may be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook: Kristen Eckmann (Chain Lynx)