I return to school this month to study in the Master’s degree program in Creativity and Change Leadership offered through the International Center for the Study of Creativity at Buffalo State College, SUNY. The coursework focuses on creative process, facilitation, assessment, training, theory and leadership. The distance program model lets me visit Buffalo in the summer (!) and to continue to live in California. I am thrilled, honored, a little nervous, and a lot focused on this next phase of life and learning.
My Guest Residency at Tortuga Escondida (Nov. 2018), takes on a new dimension. I’m collaborating with Residency Center Director Marti Johnston to tell the story of the Akumal Arts Festival. AAF is produced by the same inspired team that runs The Center. The product of our work will be a book that shares the story of the international street art festival built on community engagement. Think ripple effect.
I’m collaborating with Susan Shankin of Precocity Press to coach author, educator, and advocate Robin Lithgow through the process of writing a book proposal for her recent manuscript Good Behavior and Audacity: Humanist Education, Playacting and a Generation of Genius. We are also developing a customized list of potential agents and publishers, and refining her online author platform and social media presence. Very exciting work and fantastic collaboration!
I read at the HEALING THE FIRE poetry reading curated and hosted by Loose Lips at Topanga Library. Sponsored by Poets & Writers magazine, each poet bore witness to the devastating fires in California last season. My poem was inspired by a beautiful, young couple that I knew, who moved from Topanga to Chico to Paradise to raise their sons. You can read it here on the fifth page. https://messengermountainnews.com/news/healing-the-fire-2/
My short concept video ‘Transport’ was shown as part of the Topanga Film Festival’s Open Projector Night. A collaboration with composers Marshall McDaniel, Lizbeth Scott, Cieri Torjussen, and Duncan Thum. You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKA_jLbAPQo&t=26s
For more than 30 years, Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, California has offered award winning theatre to the public, but an impending major change in organizational leadership required a succession plan. I was hired as a consultant to develop the plan and lead a strategic process that will result in several new hires and an organizational structure to support the work.
Guest Writer, Tortuga Escondida Residency Center, Akumal Arts Festival, Akumal, Mexico.