Story-telling, physical activity and social activism are my lifeblood. I was a theatre professor, a movement teacher to actors, and a stage director for many years, teaching and working primarily at the National Theatre Conservatory at the Denver Center Theatre in Denver, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and SUNY Purchase in Purchase, New York. Along the way, I also co-founded (with Artistic Director John Eisner) the International Program at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City. Then in 2007, a watershed year for climate change awareness, I enrolled in a vocational class in solar panel installation at Bronx Community College and subsequently decided to take a job as a solar installer in Long Island at Quad State Solar. A year later, I went to work for Solar One, where I built out and directed the Green Workforce Training Program. After that I worked as the Director of Green City Academy at Green City Force, followed by a short stint doing educational outreach and delivery for the Urban Green Council. Working at all these organizations were life altering experiences, and each one has influenced how I think about social and environmental justice, climate change, and dramatic narrative.
Now, by choosing to return to my roots to work at the intersections of physical activity, artistic imagination and climate change, I am in the process of becoming an adventurer and writer. Certainly we need large policy changes and a rapid escalation in a world-wide transition to renewable energy sources. And although we are in a race against time it finally looks like sooner or later the forces of common sense may win out, and that future might actually happen. But let's not be sanguine. And let's remain vigilant in our awareness that we have baked in so much damage already that no matter how this plays out, we stand on a very precarious precipice. For those of us really looking, we are still staring into an abyss. And how do we come to terms with that? Probably not through policy, nor through technology. Dealing with the extraordinary environmental losses we are experiencing but have not yet come to terms with, and facing the possibility that our species may be as mortal as we each are individually, is emotional, cultural and spiritual work.
My resume can be downloaded here.
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I believe that the fastest way of traveling to the human heart is through stories. - British Columbia director, Kendra Fanconi.