Cara Cruickshank is a Brazilian/American living in France. As a woman living in 3 cultures, she has a first-hand, intersectional view on cross-cultural themes relevant to modern women. She began her professional career in theatre at age 10 on Broadway in the musical Les Misérables, along with multiple singing performances at The United Nations General Assembly. She has independently produced, directed and choreographed over 60 independent productions in the U.S. and abroad (including Turkey, France and Brazil), focused on diversity and women's empowerment. Her performances have been consistently celebrity and media acclaimed. Cara founded Café de la Culture in 2011 to promote diversity, arts and community conversations. She recently showcased her original, ensemble theater play, The Alchemy of Imperfection, in Paris, France with standing ovations, encores and media acclaim. Since then, she has toured this multimedia production across the U.S., alongside a panel discussion on the topic: “Courageous Vulnerability: How Can Men Support Women to Speak Up and Be Seen?” in honor of #MeToo and #TimesUp. Each event is locally cast and curated with artists, activists, academics and experts from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Launching with sold-out performances in Los Angeles and Boulder, the event has most recently been presented in Denver, San Francisco and Portland with rave audience reviews. Cafe de la Culture is now booking performances nationally in the U.S. for the coming seasons.
Andrea Frierson - FEATURED ARTISTS
Andrea Frierson is a two-time Helen Hayes Award nominee, a Library of Congress award winner (Ethnographic Research) and a Dramatists Guild Fellow. Broadway credits include: The Lion King ; Erzulie, Goddess of Love in the original Broadway cast of Once on This Island ; Bring in ‘Da Noise/Funk ; For Colored Girls .... and Marie Christine at Lincoln Center Theater. Andrea’s solo show, Me & Ella, ran at York Theatre in NYC 2017). Television credits include: Allegra’s Window (Nickelodeon); Quantico ; Elementary ; and POSE (FX). She is currently working on a new solo show at Byrdcliffe in Woodstock
Dennis Yerry - FEATURED ARTISTS
Dennis Yerry is a musician, composer, arranger and musical director whose career has encompassed a myriad of musical genres. He composed and musical directed the theatrical production of "Black Elk Speaks" in Denver, CO and L.A., in which he also performed. His film and TV credits include performances for the Ken Burn's documentaries, "Lewis and Clark" and "The West". He is currently the musical director and composer for "Unto These Hills", the outdoor drama in Cherokee, NC. As a pianist he has played such well-known venues in NYC as the Knickerbocker, the Waldorf-Astoria, Tavern on the Green and Sign of the Dove. He is proud to have collaborated and worked with some of the finest musicians, actors and choreographers in the world today, including Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Burrell, Jason Marsalis, Pete Seeger, David Amram, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, R. Carlos Nakai, James Earl Jones, Joseph Fire Crow, Valerie Naranjo, Sloan Wainwright, Dorothy Papadakos, Dan Brubeck, Perry Robinson, Roswell Rudd, Ann Osmond, Michael Greyeyes, Joan Henry, Laura Dean and Marla Bingham to name a few.
Maryanne DiPalma - FEATURED ARTISTS
Maryanne DiPalma began her performing arts career at the age of 4 in ballet, then numerous other dance forms, leading to musical and dramatic theatre, and several years with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company. She was a working ‘triple threat’ stage and screen performer on the East and West Coasts, as well as choreographer and director. A retired school teacher in public and private schools and schools of the arts, Maryanne continues to teach dance, yoga, pilates and other fitness classes and acting. Also a guidance counselor in schools, she later separately counseled individuals and families, and most recently also works with individuals, couples and groups as a certified Energy Medicine Practitioner.
Sheila Isenberg - FEATURED PANELISTS
Sheila Isenberg is the author of five non-fiction books, including four biographies. She is a former award-winning reporter, press secretary, organizer of women’s groups, adjunct professor at Marist College, media director for the Woodstock Comedy Festival (raising money for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking), and leader of reading & discussion groups for New York Humanities. She is a member of PEN, the Authors’ Guild, and Women Writing Women’s Lives. Sheila has appeared in several documentaries and on multiple media platforms, and has lectured widely. She is currently working on a new book, Mad, Bad, and Dangerous: Women’s Fascination with Crime and Outlaws . Her website is www.sheilaisenberg.com and she can be reached at email@example.com .
Bambi Lobdell - FEATURED PANELISTS
Bambi Lobdell received her Bachelor's in Secondary English Education from SUNY Oneonta and a Masters and PhD in English from Binghamton University. In addition to her work with Medieval Literature, Greek Drama, Mythology, and Folklore, Dr. Lobdell studied gender and queer theories in order to fully research the life of Lucy Ann/Joseph Israel Lobdell. Her background in queer theory enabled her to successfully argue that Joe Lobdell was a transgender man, not a Passing Woman or Lesbian as gender theorists had done in the second half of the twentieth century. Dr. Lobdell has presented her work on Joe Lobdell at the Queer Studies Conference at UCLA, the New York Folklore Society's Legends and Tales Conference at Binghamton University, the Second Biennial Conference on Women and History in Northeast Pennsylvania at Scranton University, and the 2008 Fantasia Fair in Provincetown, MA. Her essay Queering the Space Around Lucy Ann/Joseph Israel Lobdell was published in the journal Phoebe, and recently she was interviewed on her book, A Strange Sort of Being , by The Advocate magazine. http://lucyjoe.com/
William Klaber - FEATURED PANELISTS
William Klaber is a part-time journalist. He lives in upstate New York on a hill overlooking Basket Creek, a short way upstream from where Lucy Lobdell lived 160 years ago. The farmhouse he bought with his wife, Jean, in 1980 had a history with Lucy's legend, but he didn't know that till years later when he sat down for breakfast with a longtime local historian who told him Lucy's story and showed him a leather satchel filled with recollections, newspaper articles, and letters about her, gathered over the years. In this collection was a copy of a self-written account of Lucy's early life that the historian had found in an unmarked box in a library basement. Despite his continued searching, the historian never found the memoir that Lucy had promised to write. Explaining that he had always thought to write a book of his own about Lucy but no longer felt up to it, the historian then handed the satchel to the author. www.amazon.com/William-Klaber
White Feather - FEATURED PANELISTS
White Feather was initiated into the Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge by her elder and mentor Yehwehnode-2-Wolves, Twylah Nitsch in 1985. A holistic nurse for 30 years, dancer, Buddhist practitioner, and herbalist, White Feather is certified by Grandmother Twylah to teach the wisdom wheel teachings. White Feather teaches: Seven Directions Movement Meditation