actor, director, poetic clown and movement artist
creating theater & improvisation: this being human
catharsis = catharsis (Latin), from the Greek Κάθαρσις Katharsis meaning "purification" or "cleansing" ... that results in renewal, restoration, and revitalization.
Are you longing for theater events that nourish the soul?
Do you believe that artists actually contribute to this being a better planet?
Is catharsis not just a technical term you've heard in school, but a transformative event you have experienced and find essential?
There are two reasons for creating theater – transforming the self and building community. As a director, actor, as movement artist and as clown, this is my foundational inspiration. Though my background is eclectic and certainly follows no program, I find my greatest inspirations in the Russian actor and theater teacher Michael Chekhov's technique for the actor, and in Rudolf Steiner's impulses through Creative Speech. Both of these approaches place the creative individuality at the very center of the theater event, in a position of immense freedom and, therefore, responsibility.
When I create theater, I look for life in its deepest, richest, and most mysterious expressions. To me, the process of creation is as important as the actual performance – and I expand that to include not just the stage happenings, but also the social culture of the creation team (director, actors, musicians, technicians...) and relationships with the audience and the public at large. Facilitated by the director, the production team and technicians, live theater is – hopefully – a transformational event that happens between the actor and the audience. This is the moment where I endeavor to make room for the possibility of catharsis – celebrating transformation, nourishing the soul, asking the great questions. And no one does it quite like Shakespeare.
Transformation is what every actor consciously or unconsciously longs for.
Benedicta is an accomplished dancer of many styles, a passion often reflected in productions she directs. In the US, she was a member of WTD's Improvisation Ensemble OFF LEASH!.
Stage appearances include Our Town, Twelfth Night, Virtue, Desire, Death and Foolishness-An Evening of Tales by Anton Chekhov and Under Milk Wood, as well as The Death Show, MONEY, and, in Italy, Con la tua gioia accanto, Presenti oggi?, and Di due uno - le metamorfosi di Pictor.
Benedicta conceived and directed Bon Appétit!, a 2010 theater and opera production in homage to Julia Child. Other directing credits include The Tempest, As You Like It, Les Miserables, Cymbeline, A Tale of Two Cities, I Take Your Hand In Mine, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, The Gospel of John, and Red Carnations x 2, and, in Italy, Con la tua gioia accanto, Presenti oggi?, and Di due uno - le metamorfosi di Pictor.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
-- Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks