Theater for the Earth is a touring performance company of women dedicated to the healing of Earth and her waters. Theater For the Earth began its journey with celebrated performances at the UN’s World Children’s Day, 1990, United Nations Earth Summit in 1992, and the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1993. An Intergenerational Company of performers ages 9-77, the company has since toured to churches in Ireland, Wales, The USA, to cathedrals such as, the Washington National Cathedral, and to venues in France, and our home state, New Hampshire.
Frederica Chapman, The Vessel Keeper, Author. Roots: Celtic, Ireland, Scotland, England
I am ever grateful to the dreams for urging me to let go of a profession in psychotherapy. By listening, and by calling out, I found the Sacred Feminine, my heart’s embrace. I made masks, story, chant and dance–I made theater and found my soul’s expression. Some of the shows I have written are: ”Dancing A Woman’s Story Of God”, “The Tree: Dreaming Fullness Into Being”, “The Princess, The Owl And The Waters Of The World.” “A Prayer For The Great Mother”, ‘Voices of the Wells”, “Une Histoire De La Spirale”, Former life experiences as a Jungian psychotherapist, dream journalist, Masters-prepared mental health nurse, sound healer, actor, author, grandmother, and yoga practitioner had prepared me for the job. Now I write, direct, produce, and perform for international conferences, churches, cathedrals, and universities. What interests me today are Spirals and the act of shedding what no longer serves..
Masks of Nature conceived while I lived at the Findhorn Community in Scotland had our company invited to The Parliament of the World’s Religions, Chicago, 1991, and the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992. …Theater For The Earth was born.
Zwaantje De Vries
Performances; Land-Art Projects, Solo voice- and dance, Instant compositions throughout the Netherlands. She performed with other artists in acoustic ‘Sound-scapes’ (‘Pre-Poets’ and ‘Genetic Choir’), and developed multi-disciplinary improvisations. She teaches groups and individuals and was a guest voice teacher at the Artez Institute of Arts, Arnhem, and at De Lindenberg Art Institute, Nijmegen. Is a Voice teacher at the Theaterschool De Trap, Amsterdam., The National Dutch Poetry Center, Roy Hart Center, France and in Amsterdam, Akademie des Augenblicks in Berlin, School for Clowns TUT, Theater and Dance in Hannover, and many other places
Monique Robinson, The Caribbean islands of Jamaica and Cuba, West Africa, and the United States of America
I am a multi-hyphenated artivist and healer, who uses the art of storytelling as a way to hold space for others. I believe that where there is water, there is life. Therefore by default, water is political. And as an artist, how can I not be an advocate for those who need access to it the most? Through the powerful story of “A Song for Mother Water,” I aspire to create provocative & compassionate spiritual theatre that truly forces us to look at our complicity/ ignorance when it comes to environmental injustice. Regionally, I have been blessed to perform at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Shakespeare & Company. My on screen work can be seen on Netflix, PBS, TV Land, and CBS. I proudly hold a B.A. in Theatre and Government at Smith College and a M.F.A. in acting from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington.
Marya Lowry, Celtic, Northern European
My passion has been voice and its unboundaried expression, and the development of global lamentation rituals for professional actor training, professional and person use. I believe in the importance of bringing together human voice, theatre, spirituality, sounding, singing and, play to awaken us to greater purpose and meaning in our lives. The earth, sky, water, and all of humanity are waiting for this honoring of our collaborative work – our multi-generational song of love and healing. I am a Professor Emerita in Theater at Brandeis University, an international voice trainer, Roy Hart Centre Voice Teacher at the Roy Hart Centre, Malérargues, France, and an award-winning actor, voice teacher, and coach. I am a founding member and resident actor with the award-winning Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston.
Lilian Pipkin, Storyteller, Roots: Jewish, Ukraine, Morocco, Venezuela, Argentina
The vision of World Women co-creating “A Song For Mother Water”, playing with sounds, words, light, and darkness to address the need for taking care of water, and life itself, draws me. I want to be involved! I am a storyteller, though I do not know how I became one; maybe it was the influence of my aunt Estrella, who traveled to far countries and brought me back old stories of kings and queens, or perhaps from Morocco, from my mother’s ancestors, or from Ukraine from my father side. Maybe growing up in Argentina, or living in Venezuela. What I certainly know, is that I love to tell old folk stories from around the world from my heart to the heart of the audience. I also have 30 years, of managerial experience in corporate finance and human resources, collaborating in teamwork and simplifying processes. I’m a member of the National Storyteller Association and Florida Storytelling Association. I teach and tell stories wherever I can.
Ilonka N. Sjak-Shie, Diverse lineages include: Dutch-Jewish, German, West-African, Chinese, Caribbean Indigenous, and Spanish.
Chindia Ilonka is a visionary change-maker and master coach committed to catalyzing global transformation. She empowers conscious visionary leaders and change-makers to embrace inspired living and lead from their soul essence, thereby unleashing unparalleled effectiveness and impact. Her forthcoming book, “Quantum Rebel,” is intentionally crafted to accelerate the growth of courageous souls who are awakening–particularly visionary leaders with the heart and vision to uplift themselves and the world. It’s the profound resonance of this mission that draws her to “A Song For Mother Water,” recognizing its potential to inspire visionary world policymakers to establish universal access to clean water as a fundamental human right.
Felicia Steriti – Smith, Italy, P.E.I
My work as a yoga instructor, energy worker, wellness coach, personal trainer, hairstylist, and business owner has led me to working with and teaching my clients about the energy body and how it teaches us that we are one with each other, the universe, the earth, the stars, the mountains, and water–everything! And so, when we take care of and nurture Nature, we in turn, nurture each other and ourselves… Simultaneously. This is why when Frederica called me with a proposal to be involved in this incredibly meaningful project bringing attention to Nature, water, and thereby ourselves, I could not say no! Federica’s vision and talents stir my soul and call me to sing! It is a great honor and I am delighted to be included as a cast member in A Song For Mother Water!
Gabriela Laham, Assistant, Roots,: Lebanon, Syria, Argentinian Jew
I come to Theater For The Earth from my country of Argentina. I have travelled to many places–to China, Turkey, many European and Latin American countries, and speak many languages. I love different cultures–I love connecting with different peoples. I am a master massage therapist, healer, Life Coach, and hold a B.A. in Education. I have decades of experience leading energy healing, and movement groups. Recently, I felt ready for something new. When I learned about Frederica’s work, I really liked it. I was inspired. I realized I could channel my energy for the nurturance of Mother Earth and all her peoples. It was a true direction for what I valued. It felt right to work toward gathering intercultural women dancers/actors to create a “world woman” to speak for the feminine in all people. It is exciting to imagine making theater and celebrating our planet’s water!
Michael Richard, Web Development, Digital Media
I’ve been working in digital media since the nineties. Along the way, I’ve made time for three documentaries and worked with a lot of interesting businesses, schools, colleges, and non-profits. I believe in a strong visual impression. That is what the mind will process first. There is lots of new information out there about “saying more with less” these days. I totally agree. We are flooded with information. It’s hard to get people’s attention and equally as hard to keep it. Visuals and storytelling are my go-to.
Guy Gaudette is a Certified Public Accountant with over 40 years of experience in accounting, tax preparation, and consulting. Guy works closely with clients, in a variety of industries, to assist them in setting, monitoring, and meeting their goals. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar and singing in his band, and also entertaining the folks at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. A volunteer, Guy offers his services in support of Theater For The Earth.