Ellen W. Kaplan
I am Professor Emerita of Theatre, Smith College, and a performer, an actress, and a writer. On stage, I’ve worked with mask, which I find extraordinarily freeing and fantastically powerful. My background includes acting and directing in classical and contemporary plays, in well over 100 shows, plus 40 years teaching college, writing plays, writing essays – about play, playfulness, about theatre and social trauma. In places where I’ve worked, I’ve seen up close (in Iraq, Afghanistan, China, Israel, Eastern Europe and South America) the dire results of desertification, and the need to honor the gifts of nature. My life experiences strengthen my conviction that voices can more truly be heard through the arts, and that bringing spiritual and poetic energies to conferences where the protocols for debate are firmly set, can be a real way forward
Hilary Melcher Chapman
Hilary has been performing, exploring movement and communing with the natural world since she was a wee one living in Findhorn, Scotland. Since 2021, her work with LAVA, the feminist acrobatic dance company, has been as collaborator, teacher, performer and touring artist. Recent works include LAVA’s A Goddessey & Equinox -Solstice as well as shows with her new project Cry The Moon, a music & dance band collaboration with Sarah East Johnson and Barbara Gogan. Hilary received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College with focus in dance and creative writing in 2006.