LEAP was originally created by Williamson as a short theatrical performance at a gallery opening, for the visual art of Oliver. The piece was well received, inspiring Williamson to bring it to a variety of venues and educational centers over the next three years. In summer of 2012, the piece was further developed when commissioned by the Farnsworth Art Museum in alliance with New York City's Lincoln Center Institute. This opportunity allowed for the expansion of the project to include collaboration with other artists. LEAP has grown into a full length performance, centered around Williamson's work, enhanced by Oliver's visual and thematic contribution. Williamson envisions LEAP as an evolving work that serves not only as entertainment, but as an educational tool.
Kristi Williamson

Kristi Williamson is dedicated to bridging the disciplines of performance and healing arts. Creative expression, world culture, and conscious evolution are the foundational elements of her work. She holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Syracuse University, followed by a decade of Yoga and Dance studies. She has intimately worked and trained with dance pioneer Anna Halprin of Tamalpa Institute and both studied and works with author of Art and Yoga, Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa. She has most recently been working in the Bay Area as a yoga teacher and performing artist. Kristi has danced professionally with an Afro-Brazilian contemporary dance company in San Francisco and with Anna Halprin's performance lab. She is passionate about exploring archetypes through movement and has trained in depth with Rosangela Silvestre and Vera Pasos in Salvador, Brazil. The past three winters, Kristi has spent in Kolkata, India working with survivors of human trafficking, victims of sex slavery, offering movement based expressive art workshops. In Maine, she has taught, directed and performed transformational theater with both children and adults with Terra Diddle Collective.

Kathryn Oliver

Kathryn Oliver is a visual artist, playwright and lover of poetry. A professional artist currently exhibiting work in mid-coast Maine. She is passionate about expanding art beyond the walls of the home and into our shared communities. Oliver is Founder and Artistic Director of Terra Diddle Collective (TDC), which was co-created with Kristi Williamson. She and Williamson met in 2008, when they discovered their shared inspiration of the Sufi mystic poet Rumi. Together, they embarked on a creative journey incorporating dance-theater, music, archetypal storytelling and poetry, resulting in five full productions to date. Delighted to be part of LEAP in this unique arts collaboration, Kathryn's contributions of original paintings help to vitalize the universal wisdom of the poetry.

Annie Laurita

Annie Laurita studied English Literature and Theatre Arts at Columbia University, Classical Theatre with The Julliard School(Saratoga Performing Arts Center), and Dance at SUNY at Purchase. She received vocal training and studied all forms of dance from various artists in N.Y., and has performed in musical theatre, straight dramas and dance shows Off Broadway, throughout the U.S. and abroad. She's volunteered extensively in service projects supporting children and the homeless in Boston, N.Y.C., and in southeast Asia.

For the past 15 years Annie has been teaching, writing, choreographing, and performing in mid-coast Maine, where she lives with her husband and 2 children.

Shana Bloomstein

Shana Bloomstein is originally from Freedom, ME. She began moving in pre-school with Lisa Newcomb and never stopped. Shana danced professionally as a teenager with Arthur Hall, Sara Yarborough and in Stella Dance Theatre. She continued her studies of dance at Hampshire College, where she met performing artist and educator Nia Love (Fulbright Fellow). Shana moved to NYC to join Love for 4 years as an original member of Blacksmith's Daughter Dance Theatre Co, and has performed and collaborated across the country with Jesse Phillips-Fein and Sarah Sibley. Her travels have taken her abroad as well; including studies in Senegal, West Africa. In LEAP, Shana presents her original choreography with the work as well improvisational dance to offer a unique interpretation of the poetry and music in this production.

Wayne Delano

Saxophonist, (woodwinds) Pianist, Composer, Arranger.

Outstanding Performer Awards: Detroit Montreux Jazz Festival 1984, Aquinas College Jazz Fest. 1986, Elmhurst College (Chicago) 1985, Notre Dame Jazz Fest. 1990

Recordings: Nine CDs with Joe McBride (Heads-Up Intnl.) University of North Texas One-O-Clock Lab Band; Lab 90,92,93 With Nestor Torres, Sipho Guemede, Hugh Masekala, Several other Heads-Up Records Compilations, Dave Zoller, Joel Fountain, Jim Widner Orchestra.

U.S. and International Touring with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Joe McBride, Jimi Tunnel, many other Dallas-based ensembles including: Dallas Unlimited, Emerald City, Moving Colors, and the Wayne DeLano Jazz Quartet, (with weekly performances in Dallas for 17 years) Also performed with Jazz Greats; Phil Woods, Micheal and Randy Brecker, Chaka Khan, Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Bobby Shew, Jimmy Cobb and others.

Max McFarland

Max McFarland is a fifth generation musician. Starting on a Fretless four string electric bass he worked his string count from 5 to 7 and is now a Double Bass and 11 String Electric Bass player. With influences from Frank Zappa to Chopin, Max has worked in many projects spanning many various genres. Never satisfied with his playing he is an avid practice enthusiast and instrumental Bass composer. Several of his 11 String tapping pieces are included in the production LEAP.

William Giordano

William Giordano, born in Franklin, MA, is a baker and at the traditional wood-fired bakery Tinder Hearth on the Blue Hill peninsula. He is a student in the Master of Fine Arts program in Intermedia at the University of Maine where his combined musical and agricultural background has brought his performances and exhibitions to non-traditional environments such as schools, farms and historic cultural landscapes througout Maine and Penobscot Bay. He is a member of the West Brooksville folk ensemble the Living Daylight, the indie group O Deer and has performed with the Terra Diddle Collective. He adds his style of composition to LEAP and contributes steel guitar, acoustic guitar and Rhodes keyboard to the orchestra.

Judy Neilsen

Judy Nielsen began her professional career in Chicago and New York, both as an actor and musician for 12 years. Since moving to Maine she spent a decade as a member of Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm and performed two solo theater pieces; Mother Tongue and Living in a Body. Judy is a dynamic percussionist in LEAP, bringing her passion and presence to all she contributes.

She teaches t'ai chi chuan and djembe in several locations in Maine.

Jeff Densmore

Drummer/Percussionist Jeff Densmore has been performing music in the mid-coast area for the past thirty years. Jeff has provided the beat that gets people moving from theater, to African dance classes, to jazz groups to working with school kids. Jeff currently teaches conga drums, drum set and beginner guitar at his private studio in Belfast and at the Waterfall Arts Center.

Robin Horty

Robin Horty costume designer, is a gardener, poet, wife, mother and grandmother to three wonderful little girls. She is the creator of The Home Place Fairies and The Fairy School Workshops at Home Place Farm. As Seamstress to the Fairies Robin creates wearable gardens in the form of costumes that have lent a magical touch to past performances of The Terra Diddle Collective. Robin is very excited to have collaborated on costumes for this performance of LEAP.