What is HealthyHildegard.com?

The folks at HealthyHildegard.com heard about Tim Slover’s play VIRTUE about Hildegard of Bingen, premiering February 16-26 at Plan-B (click here for more information and tickets) and published a feature about the play on their website. So we turned the tables on them! Tell us a little about yourselves. We are friends and family: brother, sister, cousin, and friend. We all spent much of our younger years on paths of corporate pursuits in finance and investment, law, marketing, and philanthropy. At some point in our late 30’s we started making course corrections to adjust our life trajectories. Through individual processes of creating change, taking new risks, and attempting to honor our truer selves, we came together to build the Healthy Hildegard project. Janice, Josh, and Gary live in Denver, Colorado. Jan lives in Berlin, Germany. When not working on Healthy Hildegard, we all have other pursuits, our “day jobs”.  Janice is the president of a Denver-based non-profit foundation, Josh runs a financial consulting firm, Jan manages artistic event space in repurposed buildings, and Gary is a writer and occasional business advisor. You each clearly feel a strong connection to Hildegard. What about her speaks to you the most? We have all come to find our own personal connections with Hildegard of Bingen and her work. Ultimately, Hildegard’s creative power binds us in our Healthy Hildegard project. Not just the process of creative expression, which is indeed a big part of her story, but how giving-in to that natural, generative potential within us (our viriditas) can transform and empower us to become something more, to live a better life. When Hildegard decided to...

An open invitation to virtually gather with Plan-B on January 19 to resist intolerance at all levels

Click here if you are already ready to download the graphic. Otherwise, read on! This is an open invitation to anyone who has ever worked with Plan-B Theatre in any way on a production or reading, and anyone who has ever attended a Plan-B production:  January 19 is The Ghostlight Project, where theatre folk across the country are gathering outside of theaters on the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, people will join in a collective, simultaneous action, together creating “light” for challenging times ahead. Inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, artists and communities will make or renew a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. January 19th is a moment of gathering within a larger resistance to intolerance at all levels. We aim to create brave spaces that will serve as lights in the coming years. We aim to activate a network of people across the country working to support vulnerable communities. This is not a substitution for protests or direct action, but rather a pledge for continued vigilance and increased advocacy. We define “a brave space” as a space where: ● It is safe to be who you are, regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. ● Diverse opinions, dissent, and argument are not only tolerated, but invited. ● Active listening and courageous exchange are fundamental values. ● Collective action, activism, and community engagement, both within and...

Matthew Ivan Bennett on RADIO HOUR EPISODE 11: YULETIDE

RADIO HOUR EPISODE 11: YULETIDE by Matthew Ivan Bennett receives its world premiere in a co-production with KUER’S RadioWest on December 8, 2016 featuring Doug Fabrizo, Jay Perry and Teresa Sanderson, with original music by Dave Evanoff and eFoley by Jennifer Freed, directed by Cheryl Cluff. One year, when I was a kid, the toy I really, really wanted was a toy microphone you could “broadcast” with over the radio. I don’t remember who made it — Fisher Price? Mattel? — but it was bright plastic yellow. I got it! And I played with it all day long in my Christmas pajamas. This is how it worked: you would select an empty static station on the radio, like 107.3 FM, and then you’d set the toy to 107.3, and you could hear yourself through the radio! It only had a range of 20 feet or so, but what I’d do was hide in the coat closet, behind my dad’s tan wool trench coat and under the boxes of Kodak slides, and I’d wait for my family to walk into the dining room before greeting them with what I thought was a booming phantom voice: “Aggghhh!” Usually, I gave myself away by panting heavily into the mic or snickering. Another year what I really, madly, deeply desperately needed was the He-Man Snake Mountain play set. Again, I wanted it because it had a microphone. It had, I think, some sort of echo effect, so you could sound just like a cartoon villain in his lair. Probably, Mr. and Mrs. Claus regretted giving me these toys because they were loud and I used them...

#GivingTuesday is November 29

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. Our goal is to raise $3,000 to support our free education programs by midnight on Tuesday November 29: the Free Elementary School Tour, The Lab and the Script-In-Hand Series (details below). Click here to make your contribution today and receive a free copy of our most recent eBook! FREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TOUR: The 2010 Census/2013 Addendum found that Utah is home to one of the highest percentages of children under age 18 in the nation (30.9% vs. 23.3%) and the largest average family size (3.14 vs. 2.64). And, as reported by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah is also home to the lowest per-pupil spending (ranked 51st/70% below the national average) and largest average class size (30% above the national average). It is increasingly difficult, and in many cases impossible, for Utah schools to provide field trips to arts events. Thus the Free Elementary School Tour was created to offer free, professional, in-school performances; expose elementary students to live theatre and encourage pre- and post-show classroom discussion of complex issues. The ultimate goal is greater civic engagement. We are currently the only professional theatre company in Utah touring new work created specifically for elementary students. We reach 15,000 K-6 students at 40+ schools in 7 counties each year – THE EDIBLE COMPLEX by Melissa Leilani Larson concluded its Tour earlier this month. At least one student at each school, on each Tour thus far, has thanked us for giving them their first experience with live theatre. Each Tour also includes at least one public performance and is partially funded by the National Endowment...

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