Earth/Heart design- Concept: Herb Moore,
Illustration by Richard Sachs
Thin Spaces of the Heart
Herb Moore is a life long student of sound. He has studied both modern electronic music and the traditional music of many cultures. His music can be found at www.melosync.com
Variations on Herb's themes have been performed by the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and his works have been used by NASA, Computer Using Educators, and for the exhibit "Underwater Life" at the Palo Alto Junior museum. He has presented corporate team building sessions, led workshops and scored for choreography for many Bay Area dance companies. Herb's recordings cover the spectrum from acoustic instruments, to found sounds, to recordings based on DNA sequences from the Human Genome.
Diana O'Keefe Brady
In 1972, I left Washington, D.C. and headed for San Francisco, dangling a curly-haired toddler in one arm and a green suitcase from the other. I was 21 and never looked back. I paid the bills typing 65 wpm. I fell in love with the theater while a publicist for Berkeley's Julia Morgan Center for the Arts and the Shakespeare Festival, now called CalShakes in Orinda. Two years ago, I simultaneously fell in love with photography and creative writing. I juggle both now along with visits from my be-freckled, wavy-haired granddaughter and a toy poodle. I write short stories, poetry, and someday I hope to complete my memoir. The last time I was on stage I was playing a violin solo...Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. The short piece I will read tonight is an excerpt from my memoir, both entitled I Run Away Backwards.
Taun Cosentino Relihan
A conceptual artist, poet and novelist with a Masters Degree in Arts and Consciousness and a Doctorate in Integral Studies with a dissertation on Renewal by Vision, she has studied the Surrealists and Surrealism throughout her academic and art studies starting in High School. The Surrealists modeled ways to reach deeply into the mind and heart in order to do what had never been done before. She is also fascinated by Alchemy and the application of Alchemical principles to the creative process. "Interrogation of the Virtuous Object" is her first play. She is at work (slowly) on a play about Orpheus based on three statues in the Getty Villa museum.
Dada is a meditation instructor, an author, a keynote speaker and a musician. Born in New Zealand, he was ordained as a yoga monk in India in 1979. Dada has performed and spoken in more than 40 countries, including in Brazil in 1992 where he appeared on stage with the Dalai Lama before 10,000 people. Dada has spoken on mindfulness and creativity at organizations including Google, CISCO, Facebook, TEDx, LAM Research, NVIDIA, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz.
His book on meditation, Close Your Eyes & Open Your Mind, is available in twelve languages. His comic fantasy novel, Real Dragons Don’t Cry, is a best seller on the planet, Zondgraz.
Dante Drummond is a dynamic and successful Silicon Valley business woman. After recovering from a bout with cancer in 2006 she felt compelled to share with her family and friends, secrets from her past that helped forge her strong and willful character. So she took a memoir class and started writing it all down with the encouragement of her teacher and the small writing group that evolved from that class. The experience was both revealing and surprising.
Born to young and restless parents who were soon divorced, Dante found herself temporarily living with multiple family members and others – some total strangers – until at the age of thirteen she was brought into the foster care system. By the time she was eighteen, Dante had lived in eleven homes in four states. Then she made her adventurous escape to California . . . and everything changed.
Edna Shochat grew up in Israel and studied art and graphic design. She came to the US in 1971 and worked in advertising until moving to Palo Alto in 1995. A friend of the arts and live theatre, she served on the board of the Dragon theatre in 2010 before a journey through breast cancer led her to discover poetry. What began as writing therapy has become a vehicle to new adventures and surprising destinations. Her poem “Closure” was published in 2013 on the blog of Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and “Mother” in 2016 on The Pythians, featuring work by “Women of Age”.
Alma Love & the Drummers of Cooley Landing
“You know how society says children should be seen and not heard. Experience has shown me that children need to be heard as well as seen. I worked at a non-profit called Kinship, where we helped grandparents caring for grandchildren. I worked with the children while the adults were in the support group. I listened to the children and as long as I listened, I never had any problems with them. It was the adults I had problems with. I have devoted my life to making sure that youth are both seen and heard. That is why I produced my TV show which combines youth, caring adult mentors and the performing arts.” -- Alma Love, Volunteer Producer, Midpeninsula Media Center
In poetry he found a creative home: "You can write something in ten minutes,” he says, “and whether it’s good or bad– it doesn’t matter. The point is to engage the creative process. Trying to write ‘something good’ just gets in the way. In fact, I encourage people to write bad poetry. I myself became quite skilled at it and am still known by many as, “The Bad Poet.” (We think he's awesome, but whatever.)
Kevin Sharp (Last Night at Luann's) is the author of the novel After Dakota. His work has appeared online on The Weeklings, Dear Teen Me, and 100 Word Story; and in print in The First Line and Bookmarks magazine.
Native Palo Alton, writer, solo performer. Recently returned from adventures with the Actors Theatre of Louisville and performing her one woman show in NYC, at work on her memoir.
Richard Newton (The Dream of the Ant Senator) is a theatre professional & educator.
This is his first children's story. Many thanks to Lessa and Dragon for this wonderful opportunity. His body of work includes recently directing Awake & Sing at Coastal Rep; He is also a dialect coach credits include for Dragon Smash! and The Woman in Black.
As actor/writer/ensemble he collaborated on Arc:HIve - A Moment (Un)Bound: Or, The Unreal Past - a Dragon Theatre 2nd Stage production which was an honoree in the 'Standout New Works' category in the Silicon Valley small theatre venue awards. He supplements his professional theatrical career with the healing arts where his main focus is the horse/human interaction; this he finds resonates with his theatrical training and teaching. www.giftedhealinghands.com. And in this vein he co-wrote/collaborated/acted in the experimental play Philippos, Red Barn, Stanford: a work integrating human actors and horses as actors. He holds an MFA in Directing/ Dramaturgy from Roosevelt University, Chicago.
Fanya S. Montalvo
Fanya is a PhD. Computer Scientist in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Computer Graphics. These dialogues are the product of membership in a writers group in the Santa Cruz area which she has been a part of since 2006.
Lessa explores issues of memory, place, and identity through writing, video installation and performance out of her studio in the Cubberley Artists Studio Program in the City of Palo Alto. She has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA in Theatre from the University of Detroit Mercy. She has directed, performed and taught for Dragon Theatre, various companies in the midwest and SF Bay area, including performance and directing work in Detroit with POW! (Pissed Off Wimmin), Walk and Squawk Performance Project and Matrix Theatre Company, and in Chicago with the ACCESS Project at Victory Gardens, Stage Left and Core Project.