Zuleikha | The Storydancer Project

Zuleikha is an international performer and educator whose work inspires positive change through unique exercises, movements, and restorative self-care practices shared in an atmosphere of empathy, inclusivity and support. 

Renowned for her global work with women, children and families, “storydance” performances, innovative classes, and collaborations celebrating the poetry of Rumi, she is also the creator of Take a Minute™, an exercise program to increase vitality and resilience.

Founder and Executive Director of The Storydancer Project, an international non-profit organization based in NM that serves girls, women, children and families facing challenging life circumstances, Zuleikha is a recipient of several awards for her outstanding work in the world promoting positive personal and social change, including first place at the Indian International Palliative Care Conference. TSP offers several programs in both NM and Delhi, India.

In partnership with NM Navajo Nation, she developed the Rainbow Bridge Initiative. In Delhi, India, the Palliative Care and Community Renewal Programs, and in partnership with the Esperanza Shelter, The Domestic Violence Programs.

She appears each year in a featured role with the Rumi Concert, dancing and telling enchanting Rumi Stories.

The next Rumi concert will be at the Lensic on October 5.

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Santa fe Improv | with ben taxy and robin holloway

Improvization! Making it up as you go along…
That’s life, for some of us. And that’s also a style of theater
with some basic philosophies / tenets/ lessons that also
are pretty cool life lessons.
Like “yes, and..”,
like working collaboratively,
like helping your team,
like committing fully,
like not being afraid to look bad.
 
Santa Fe Improv teaches and trains in the art of improvisation, a style of comedic theater where scenes and stories are created on-the-spot. Improv is essential training for comedic actors. Learning to improvise is valuable to regular people as well –

We talk with the founder, Ben Taxy and one of the instructors, Robin Holloway about how learning to do imrov makes you a better listener and team player by being more fully present.

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Nicholas Ballas

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Nicholas Ballas has been an important actor and director in Santa Fe since the Eighties, appearing with New Mexico Rep, Shakespeare in Santa Fe, and Mother Road in Albuquerque. In the mid-Eighties, he founded the New Mexico Actor’s Theater, producing many playsranging from Sam Shepard to Shakespeare, directing and acting, and teaching acting classes.

In this interview, Ballas reminisces about his acquaintance with Sam Shepard, about his connection to the Santa Fe Actor’s Lab, which he acts and directs with. He also talks about Robert Benedetti, this mentor and the founder of the NMAL.

Scott Harrison | "The Crucible"

Following their critically-acclaimed 2015 production of Death of a Salesman, Ironweed Productions is returning to the world of Arthur Miller with a production of his haunting and electrifying masterpiece, The Crucible. Directed by Ironweed Artistic Director Scott Harrison, this production promises a ride full of suspense, twists and shocking revelations. It opens on Halloween weekend, October 26th, and runs through November 12th at El Museo Cultural, Ironweed's home from 2006-2011.

Based on true events, The Crucible is a powerful reminder of the devastating consequences when fear takes root in a community.

SCOTT HARRISON (Director) is a graduate of the American Repertory Theatre Institute in Cambridge, MA. In 2002, he produced and directed his first project, The Roads to Home by Horton Foote at the 78th Street Theatre Lab in NewYork. Before founding Ironweed Productions in 2005, he directed The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler in collaboration with PeaceKeepers, a violence prevention organization serving the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos, and The Carpetbagger’s Children by Horton Foote as a company member with Theaterwork. As Artistic Director of Ironweed, he has directed productions of ‘Night, Mother, Doubt: a Parable, The Trip to Bountiful, American Buffalo, Our Town and Death of a Salesman. He has also performed in Ironweed productions of Fool for Love, True West, Rabbit Hole, Buried Child and Good People. He studied directing and acting at the Studio Theatre Conservatory in Washington, DC and has studied acting in Santa Fe with Wendy Chapin.

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Lipbone / Multi-instrumental Musician

Lipbone is a one-man orchestra, unplugged and unexpected. A dude in a small-brimmed hat who plays the guitar and harmonica, sings, and does at least 3 different instruments with his mouth. Trombone is best, but trumpet and percussion run a close second. His sound is a combination of jazz, blues, funk, maybe some ragtime; it is always the right tempo, the right beat to make your body absolutely have to move. He improvises like mad and interacts with the energy on the dance floor.

Up and Down Theater / Show: "Winning the Future"

Up and Down Theater is a sketch and musical comedy trio who produce political and social satire. They are committed to creating work that playfully explores the deeper truths beneath the surface of American culture. The Santa Fe based theater company was founded in 2011.

Lindsey Hope Pearlman is a director, writer, performer and puppeteer. She is known for her work as Lady Macbeth in “Drunk Shakespeare” and created “LUCY” a play she wrote and directed that featured movement and puppetry. Pearlman is a founding member of Up and Down.

Robin Holloway is a songwriter, pianist, writer and actor. Holloway has been a performing and recording musician en Europe and the US for over a decade, with performances in Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. He is a founding member of Up and Down.

Kate Chavez is an actor, write and director. She has acted in theater productions in Madrid Spain, London and the US. She is a founding member of Up and Down.

Theater Grottesco "Consider This" | May 8, 2014

John Flax & Danielle Reddick

Theater Grottesco is simply, powerful physical theater. Using original material created by the company, Grottesco creates a new kind of performance that is visual, explosive and full of surprise. The Grottesco Ensemble rekindles interest in live performance by juxtaposing classical and modern theatrical styles with a daring, poetic research of culture and imagination, giving voice to the marginal elements of our contemporary society.

Together they have created 11 full-length plays and over 30 shorter pieces, performed in 7 countries, 30 states, most major U.S. cities and hundreds of smaller communities, garnering an international award for Best Production, 2 Drama Critic’s awards, a silver medal with Detroit’s Zone V Productions, a Rockefeller MAP Fund Grant, 11 National Endowment for the Arts Professional Theater Awards, and more.

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Madi Sato, Tim McLaughlin / We Are The One Choir

"We Are the One Choir" is a combined enterprise between husband and wife duo Madi Sato and Tim McLaughlin.

Madi Sato is an award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, teacher and sound healer. Sato performs original blends of World Music, R&B, and Jazz. She performs solo or with an ensemble from a vast repertoire of sacred and traditional music including ancient Baltic polyphonic chants, Afro-Brazilian invocations, ancient Tibetan chants among others. Sato also offers workshops in sound healing and directs the new “Santa Fe Women’s Sacred World Music Choir.”

Tim McLaughlin is a poet, spoken word artist, and teacher. He is the editor of the award-winning book “Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School” and the producer of a poetry album and documentary film both titled “Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Nature Storytelling through Performance Poetry.”

Molly Sturges / Lifesongs

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Molly Sturges is a composer, artistic director, performer and facilitator. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Littleglobe, a NM non-profit collective of artists, activists and cultural workers committed to socially-engaged participatory art, as well as the co-founder and co-director of Lifesong, an arts-in-community project that generates original music works created by elders in collaboration with professional musicians and artists, as well as youth and community choirs.

Tito LaRosa / Peruvian Shaman, Sound Healer

Tito La Rosa is a descendent of Quechua Indians of the Peruvian Andes. For years he has been recovering and preserving, studying and intuiting the ancestral music of Peru. He is a Curandero de Sonido, sound healer, who enters into an altered state to bring forth sound that heals and balances.

Susan Abod / Singer / Songwriter / "Funny You Don't Look Sick"

Susan Abod is a singer-songwriter and feminist activist. She was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity in 1986. She co-created an hour-long documentary about her and other women’s illnesses, titled Funny You Don’t Look Sick: Autobiography of an Illness.

Sita Jamieson / Sound Healing Reiki Practitioner

Sita Jamieson has been leading chanting in the US for the last 25 years. She began her chanting with the Hindu tradition of Kirtan and has expanded her repertoire to include all traditions. She blends sacred poetry into her chants and is a teacher in the chanting. Jamieson also works as a sound healer, is a certified Reiki practitioner and has been combining energy and sound for many years to create a complete approach to healing.

Madi Sato / Santa Fe Women's Sacred World Music Choir

Madi Sato is an award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, teacher and sound healer. Sato performs original blends of World Music, R&B, and Jazz. She performs solo or with an ensemble from a vast repertoire of sacred and traditional music including ancient Baltic polyphonic chants, Afro-Brazilian invocations, ancient Tibetan chants among others. Sato also offers workshops in sound healing and directs the new Santa Fe Women’s Sacred World Music Choir.

Silvia Nakkach / singer / Composer / author "Yoga of the Voice"

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Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT is a pioneer in the field of sound, transformation of consciousness and music shamanism. She is an award-winning composer, an author, a voice-culturist, and a former psychologist. Nakkach is the founding director of The Vox Mundi School, an international project devoted to teaching and preserving indigenous musical traditions. She has contributed an extensive body of therapeutic vocal techniques that have become landmarks in the fields of sound healing and cross-cultural music therapy training.