Who We Are
Meet The Team
Kelly 'Greenlight' Thomas (she/her)
Kelly' Greenlight' Thomas is a Performance Artist, Educator, Wellness Warrior, and Cultural Organizer. For over a decade, Kelly has created performance and facilitated creative spaces around emotional health, women's narratives, and nature. She is the foundress of Black Arts Retreat, an international hub for black creativity, culture, and holistic wellness. Kelly has facilitated groups in Kenya, Brazil, Germany, Haiti, and throughout the US through this work. @blackartsretreat
C. Meranda Fuchs-Surmanek (they/them)
Associate Artistic Director of Programming
C. Meranda is an Ashkenazi Jewish facilitator, worldbuilder, and social artist. C.'s work spans theater-making, cultural organizing, oral history, and healing arts. As an artist, facilitator, and educator, their work roots in radical imagination, storytelling, collective care, and everyday transformative justice practices. C. values intergenerational collaborations and is invested in the use of the arts and creative play to incite joy, curiosity, and dialogue. courtneysurmanek.com
Alison Waldman (she/her)
Managing Director, Associate Artistic Director
Alison Waldman (RYT-200, AY y4c) is a wellness collaborator and movement artist based in Washington, D.C. Since 2015, Alison has been building onsite and virtual patient- and provider-facing programs based in dance, mindfulness and community building, and advises healthcare industry leaders on incorporating the arts into the culture of healthcare. As Residence Artist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Alison co-developed the Movement for Multiple Sclerosis program with the Department of Neurology (Nightingale Award 2019), directs performances, and leads wellness breaks for staff. Alison was advisor and founding provider for Mili Health, a wellness telehealth platform for cancer patients and is a member of the National Organization of Arts in Health (NOAH)'s Arts for Resilience in Clinicians (ARC) working group. She delivered her TEDx talk, “Why we should be dancing with our doctors,” in 2020.
dr. clare hammoor (he/him)
Director of Performance & Pedagogy
lare is a collaborative theatre-maker and facilitator committed to justice and joy with experience teaching, directing, and devising in universities, public and private schools, professional theaters, and prisons for more than a decade. Clare is fascinated by object-oriented ontologies, playing with things, ritual work, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Clare is the Performance and Pedagogy Consultant for the DU Prison Arts Initiative where he started a series of play-based arts workshops for children and their incarcerated parents. clarehammoor.com
Tara Rynders (she/her), RN-BC, MFA, BSN, BA
Founder, Executive Artistic Director
Tara Rynders is a nurse and dancer. She has been a registered nurse for twenty years and received her Masters in Fine Arts in Dance and Somatic Practices in 2011 from The University of Colorado at Boulder and is an Advanced Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Rynders is extremely honored to have been named a 2018 A Blade of Grass Fellow, an Arts in Society grantee, a 2019 Colorado Nightingale Luminary, a 2019 Excellence in Nursing Awardee in Compassionate Care, a 2020 Hamilton Awardee from the National Organization of Arts in Hospitals (NOAH) in the category of Arts and Resiliency, the 2021 Mara Mogenson Flaherty Memorial Lectureship from the Oncology Nursing Foundation and most recently was named the 2022 EY Next Wave Leader from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.
Superbloom: In-House Documentarians
Superbloom, co-founded by Jessica Miller and Drummond West, is an impact-driven media company specializing in the production of documentary films, digital stories and grassroots campaigns, that aims to inspire audiences to be better global citizens, to take action where they can, and to live more mindfully and sustainably.
Selena Walter, BA, MA
Selena was born and raised in Ewa Beach, Hawai’i, on the island of O’ahu. She moved to Southern California when she attended Azusa Pacific University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. She then received a Master’s Degree from the University of Denver in Communication Management. While she was pursuing her Master’s Degree, she was an intern for The Clinic Performance where she managed the organization's social media accounts and website. She is continuing her partnership with The Clinic Performance while working as a Housing Communications Coordinator at Chapman University. In her free time, she is gaming, playing with her cats, and trying new places to eat.