First of all, thank you for coming to my website! I’m a performer, choreographer, and global nomad. I also dabble in graphic design and take an occasional stab at writing. I live in Minneapolis and drive a stick shift. So how did all this come about?
Off to France
In 1994 I quit my graphic design studies and boarded a plane for France to audition for l’Ecole Internationale de Mimodrame de Marcel Marceau de Paris (quite a mouthful, even if you speak French). I was accepted to the school and thus began an amazing three years of studying with Marcel Marceau, the man who made mime popular around the world. The school also introduced me to Corporeal Mime, the technique developed by Etienne Decroux, which gave me a physical vocabulary to express the range of human experience from the practical to the spiritual. As you’ll find if you follow my blog, I have recently brushed up my skills with Steve Wasson and Corinne Soum, leading experts in Decroux’s technique based in London.
After graduating, I toured France and Germany with a group of my classmates. We called ourselves Mime de Rien (trust me, that’s hilarious in French) and created a show titled Le Pese, Le Flouz, Le Blé (which roughly translates Dough, Moulah, Greenbacks). Ironically I was dirt poor – and having a blast. My adventure in Europe eventually ran its course and I found my way to Minnesota, where I studied briefly with Kari Margolis and then teamed up with the inimitable Dean Hatton to form the aptly named duo, Kirsten and Dean. You wouldn’t believe how long it took us to come up with that name. Seriously. Together we have produced 8 shows and appeared at many local events and cabarets, and we continue to work together locally.
In 2011, I created my first full-length solo show: iMime, There’s An App For That. I re-vamped and re-mounted for the MN Fringe in 2012. Next stop is the New York City Frigid Festival in February 2013. I’m very excited about strutting my stuff in the Big Apple! I have also turned my attention towards teaching. I was given a phenomenal and rare opportunity to study with the best of the best and it is high time I pass on what I learned from them to train and inspire others.
The Adventure Begins
Long before I took any classes or knew who Marceau was, I was cajoling my brother and cousins into performing skits for the aunts and uncles during summer vacations. I think they humored me in part because they didn’t have to put up with me the rest of the year. My father worked in the oil industry and I grew up living in Libya, Iran (only just pre-revolution), the United Arab Emirates, Scotland, Bahrain, and the US. I was privileged to visit many more countries, and have continued to travel internationally as much as possible. This type of upbringing has made me a Global Nomad – a fancy way of saying I have an incurable case of wanderlust. This in turn prompted me to learn how to drive a stick shift, a mighty handy skill when one is nomading the globe. So may I say, in the languages my brain and keyboard can handle…
Welcome, Bienvenue, السلام عليكم , Willkomen, Benvenuto, Bienvenido, etc.