because we're all monsters sometimes, but we can choose to evolve
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The state of our world and its various components - social, political, environmental, commercial, educational, health and wellbeing, etc. - are clearly calling for new conversations and deeper commitment to radically inclusive solutions. We believe it is possible to co-create a world in which all basic needs are met, all voices are heard, and all creativity is valued and nurtured. In order to create such a world, profound shifts of awareness must take place at all levels of society -- and they must originate with individuals and families.
We believe theatre offers a unique and almost perfect venue for the type of awareness shifts that are being called for by this new paradigm. Using the theme of monsters and the modalities of puppetry, improv, and mindfulness, we intend to co-create safe and playful spaces in which individuals, families, and communities can explore the paths on which their individual hearts want to take them while also supporting each other to begin following those paths.
By nurturing the creativity and support systems of families and community groups, while challenging long-held preconceptions and unconscious biases through the magic of playful monsters, our purpose is to promote personal and group wellbeing and awareness. And by creating multicultural collaborative conversations and experiences, we will also promote societal and global wellbeing and awareness.
TJ is a puppet artist and life coach. She has worked for a high school theatre department in which she taught and facilitated puppetry creation and performance, as well as other theatre-making skills. She ran a puppet and props business in Hong Kong prior to moving to Chattanooga and beginning this company. She has been a life coach for 15 years.
Tara has been involved in numerous theatrical roles since she was in elementary school, from performing and directing to story and artistic development. She was a special education teacher for 15 years and used theatre-making activities extensively in her classroom. She is also a long-time member of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre community, serving in both volunteer and paid positions.
Zoe is an artist in many mediums and has been involved in theatre-making since she was 5. She has held leadership and other roles in youth theatre programs, including the Chattanooga Theatre Centre's Theatre Quest, and is an accomplished visual artist.
Juno is not only a documentarian, photographer and videographer, but also a long-time dancer, performer and performing arts manager. Juno has extensive experience in the arts-based industry.
Boni holds a masters degree in Counseling and has a deep passion for personal and spiritual evolution. She has been involved in various educational and entertainment arts and crafts activities, and has served in numerous volunteer roles in performance art as she raised her three now-grown children.
Mitch is a certified IPEC life coach and an established entrepreneur in the Chattanooga area. He holds various roles in several local businesses, and is a long-time member and board member of the Chattanooga Theatre Center community.
We are teachers, coaches, and artists. We are not psychologists, psychiatrists, or therapists. Our teaching, coaching and art cannot be construed as or substituted for psychological, psychiatric or medical counseling or therapy.