Earthdance Staff and Long-Term Volunteers

Deirdre Morris
Executive Director

Deirdre Morris is an educator and movement artist interested in socially just, equitable, and healthy environments for all living beings. She is a former director of Wise Fool New Mexico (physical theatre, circus, visual arts, 1999/2008, 2014/18) and is a working member of Dancing Earth Indigenous Contemporary Dance (2010/present). Deirdre is the Founder/Director of The Forgotten Body Remembers, a site for research and implementation of somatic practices of education, social justice ecologies, and community development through the arts. Her work spans the mediums of mindful education, performance art reserarch, dance/theatre and site specific installations interested in the generation of 'reciprocal culture', bridging personal narratives and collective memory. 

Deirdre’s work has been most recently received at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM, Earthdance, MA Moving Arts Lab, St. Mary’s College, MD as Artist in Residence, IDOCDE at Impulstanz, Vienna, Austria, Artpolis/FemArt Festival, Pristina, Kosovo, TAM, Veliko Tărnovo, Bulgaria, Muszi, Budapest, Hungary as Artist In Residence. Deirdre presented and published her research into empathy based educational practices, 'Somatic Generosity: Cultivating Empathy in the Classroom and Beyond’, at the Latin American Social Innovation Network, Panama City, Panama in September 2017. 

Deirdre received her Masters in Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Dramatic Arts and Performance Studies from the University of California Davis in 2014.

director@earthdance.net

Roberta Wilmore
Community Liaison/Public Relations Coordinator

Roberta Wilmore has over 30 years of leadership, organizational, and business development experience in settings as diverse as real estate management, science & technology, and education. She is also passionate about supporting Creatives. Her work focuses on developing the capacity of individuals and teams to be courageous, liberated learners and leaders. While she has many titles over her professional career, multicultural leader, educator and learner best reflect who she is.

Raised in Pennsylvania, her father, a preeminent theologian, historian, and educator, gave her the gift of vision and perseverance. Her mother, her biggest mentor, taught her to push aside all self-limiting beliefs. Her message to all—be true to yourself; that which you love, you must spend your life doing. This has led her to take risks where others have not, to make unexpected connections among individuals, ideas and organizations, and to create new organizations and programs which reflect her beliefs and values.

A non-traditional educational journey, including international travel, extensive horse-womanship, and meditation, built her love of learning and her leadership style. Today, she laughs a lot. Roberta’s journey has shown her that happy people work harder and that work must not kill the human spirit. 

roberta@earthdance.net

Carl Sigmond
Operations Director Assistant and IT

Carl's first memory of Earthdance is of laying on our living room floor when he was six years old, probably before the wood stove was removed from the farmhouse. He grew up in Philadelphia but spent much time in Western Massachusetts as a child. After studying computer science, Quaker history, and documentary filmmaking at Haverford College, Carl moved to northern California to live and work at The Woolman Semester School and Sierra Friends Center, a Quaker education and retreat center in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was at Sierra Friends Center that Carl rediscovered Contact Improvisation (CI). Speaking of his first jam, Carl recounts, "I instantly knew I was home." That jam started Carl on a deep dive into the CI community, a journey that eventually landed him at Earthdance. When not working, dancing, or eating Earthdance's delicious food, you can often find Carl writing computer programs, taking a walk down Prospect Street, or watching an episode of Democracy Now!

operationsassistant@earthdance.net

Kelsey Hobbs
Programming & Development Manager
Emily Cavin
Bookkeeper

Emily Cavin became a non-resident visitor/member of Earthdance in the Intentional Community days in 1989, and was a resident member from 1990 to 1992.  She contributed to the community by working on bookkeeping, among other tasks, including playing a small role in helping to build what is now 9 Mountain Retreat Center.  In the interim, she has stayed connected through her passion for joining in whenever Penny Schultz holds a Community Sing, and as a nearby neighbor, and even occasionally by participating in a workshop.  She studied performing arts in a conservatory program long ago in her college days, (very long ago!) and is currently a Hilltown Resident, Singer, Dancer as she is able, Gardener, and an Earth-Centered Spiritualist and Ritualist. She also designs, creates, and sometimes even sells, unique Sterling Silver Jewelry.  She has supported herself in all these endeavors by holding “day jobs” as a bookkeeper, and as of April 2017, brings those skills back to Earthdance…..because, Hey! – someone’s gotta do it!!  And it is a good place to be!

finance@earthdance.net

Ali Skalli
Chef & Community Liaison
Victor Mistretta
Building & Grounds Assistant
Sam Gerdes
Office Manager
Jacqueline Westhead
Operations Director

Jacqueline is a facilitator, performer, and author with over 25 years of experience offering her workshops around the globe. Her teaching is a blend of movement, voice, mind body wisdom, and awareness practices intended to support the individual and collective towards dismantling that which no longer serves. She is certified and/or trained in somatic movement therapy, dance, meditation, counseling and sound healing. She has studied chant, therapeutic modalities, and world music with a wild assortment of teachers and wisdom keepers as well as touring with acclaimed musicians.

She continues to travel and study to expand her understanding of humanity, her work, and the role it plays in our evolving world. Exploring the realms of awareness, curiosity and kindness energize her days. Her book Touching the Invisible: A Field Guide for Living is now available. Visit: soundbodywisdom.com.

 

operations@earthdance.net

Caelum Massicotte
Kitchen Manager/Head Chef

Caelum is Earthdance's Kitchen Manager and one of our (as well as Nine Mountain's) extraordinary chefs. He applies his background in cooking with his family, in restaurants, and his Masters in Human Nutrition to empower guests to deepen connection their connection with healthy and sustainable food.

Kale specializes in meeting the needs of special diets with organic and seasonal food for intentional gatherings, festivals and retreats.

kitchen@earthdance.net

Lindsay Swan
Marketing Manager

Lindsay Swan is a movement and theatre artist from Brooklyn, NY who has made a home in Western Massachusetts since 2012. She has studied Contact Improvisation and Authentic Movement since 2010, and Grotowski-inspired physical theatre since 2013. Lindsay developed a one-woman show Clocked while in residence at Earthdance. In 2014 she joined Children of the Wild Ensemble Theatre in devising and performing a poetic street opera The Wastelands, inspired by Dante's Purgatorio, that toured across the Great Lakes in 2016 in collaboration with Great Lakes Commons. Since 2017, she has continued her partnership with Great Lakes Commons as part of their leadership coucil, and in the development of a Great Lakes documentary BLK WTR with her artistic and life partner, Augustin Ganley. The film is set to be released in fall 2020. Alongside the film and raising their 1-yr-old daughter, Saoirse, Augustin and Lindsay are beginning a new theatre practice in Western Massachusetts to devise The Garden inspired by Dante's Inferno (email lindsayswan711@gmail.com if you're interested in collaborating). Lindsay is happy to be back at Earthdance in the Marketing role after having lived and worked at Earthdance on and off for five years.

publicity@earthdance.net