presenter bio

Esther Ouray has been creating, performing, celebrating, and teaching with In the Heart of the Beast since 1980. As puppeteer, actress, director, dancer, and choreographer, she has creatively engaged with community locally, regionally, and internationally. She has cavorted with other performance companies as well in the Minneapolis area – among them are: At the Foot of the Mountain, Barebones Productions, Illusion Theater, and Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts. Currently, Esther is a company member of Zamya Theater Project. She has been the recipient of grants from the MN State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, Rimon, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Puffin Foundation, and Arts on Chicago.

workshop presentation:

BREATHE JOY INTO COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
This workshop is an introduction to the celebratory work of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater in both faith and secular community settings. Heart of the Beast Core Artist, Esther Ouray, will present stories and images of our ritual theatre events. You will also have the opportunity to imagine how you might integrate this theatrical, visual, joyful, community building experience into your community.