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Douglas BeasleyDouglas Beasley is founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops. His workshops worldwide emphasize heart, soul, and vision over the mechanics of camera use. Extensively exhibited and published internationally, Beasley’s second photo book is Earth Meets Spirit.

Sarah CarlisleSarah Carlisle (Siri Kirtan Kaur) trained as a classical and jazz musician. She has studied Kundalini Yoga since 1998 and currently plays and records with kirtan artist Snatam Kaur Khalsa. 

Hilary ChaplainHilary Chaplain tours internationally with her solo comedy, which has earned her numerous awards. An amalgam of Lucille Ball and Charlie Chaplin, Hilary has performed as "Nurse Nice" with the Big Apple Circus Hospital Clown Program® and she currently works with the New York Goofs, a clown ensemble.

Tim CunninghamTim Cunningham, a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, is a registered nurse, marathon runner, former actor, and clown. He is a member of the board of directors of the United States chapter of Clowns Without Borders and travels the globe to spread happiness through performance.

Beverly DonofrioBeverly Donofrio memoirs include Riding in Cars with Boys, which is taught in classrooms and its movie adaptation has become a cult classic. Her stories about change and turning what hurts into what heals have inspired many—as have her writing workshops.

Stuart FuchsStuart Fuchs is a multi-instrumentalist, teaching artist, and sound healer who is passionate about sharing the healing benefits of music. A well-respected ukulele musician, he is currently touring with kirtan artist Snatam Kaur Khalsa. His first solo release is Stukulele.

Kolleen KintzKolleen Kintz is a clown, actor, creator, photographer, and musician. She joined Clowns Without Borders USA as an intern in 2011, and became a board member in 2014. She is a graduate of Dell’Arte International and a protege of Dody Disanto at the Center for Movement Theatre in Washington, DC.

Steve LeicachSteve Leicach is a master drummer, composer, and educator who has been teaching drumming at schools, universities, and wellness centers throughout the Northeast for more than 35 years. He is an expert in African and Caribbean drumming, drum improvisation, percussion theory, and traditional instrument making.

Sister Alice MartinSister Alice Martin, an electrifying gospel singer, songwriter, and choir leader, is the pastor and founder of Voice of Praise Worldwide Ministries. Former musical instructor for the late “Queen of Gospel” Marion Williams and her Marion Williams Singers, Sister Alice runs a youth and young adult mentor program with ex-offenders in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kali QuinnKali Quinn has taught clown, movement, and devising within the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program and Brown University, and worked as stateside faculty for Accademia dell’Arte, Arezzo, Italy. Her two solo shows looking at movement through grief and intergenerational dialogue have been performed at universities and festivals throughout the country.

Joseph ShielJoseph Shiel is a psychic medium, spirit artist, and teacher regarded for his accuracy and integrity. Best known for his spirit portraits, Shiel is a juried member of the Oil Painters of America and author of Edge of Wilderness.

Trapeze-ExperienceTrapeze-Experience is an industry-leading organization that promotes wellness and personal freedom through the flying trapeze experience. The team includes some of the best trapeze coaches in the United States. The Trapeze-Experience troupe has helped more than 100,000 people fly, including training many of today's top coaches.

Dar WilliamsDar Williams has been writing songs, recording, and touring in support of 10 critically acclaimed studio albums for more than 20 years. Teaching an undergraduate course about music movements and democracy at Wesleyan University had renewed her faith in the importance of making music and the intrinsic, life-affirming value of creating songs.

Lian ZhenLian Zhen has exhibited his paintings internationally and has works in numerous institutional and private collections, including the MIT Museum. He is author of Chinese Watercolor Techniques: Painting Animals; Chinese Painting Techniques for Exquisite Watercolor; Chinese Watercolor Techniques for Exquisite Flowers, and other books. He taught watercolor at the University of California at Berkeley for eight years and now offers workshops internationally.