Artist Facilitators

Our artists are facilitation experts in dance, theater, yoga, mindfulness, social justice, and more. They are trained in nursing theory, including Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring, Relationship-Based Care, and trauma-informed facilitation.
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Abby Ahmad (she/her)

Abby Ahmad is a singer, songwriter, actor, and multi-disciplinary educator based in Brooklyn, NY. As a vocal teacher and yoga/mediation instructor, Abby’s integrative teaching style merges holistic knowledge with classical technique.

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Heather Gray (she/her)

Heather Gray is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Central Coast of California. She creates in the disciplines of abstract painting, photography, improvisation, and contemporary dance, blending these forms to create a perspective uniquely hers

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Tara Rynders

(she/her)

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.

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Clare Hammor 

(he/they)

Clare 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 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

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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 performances 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

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J. Aaron Walker

Bio coming soon. 

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Son Chung (she/her/they/them)

Son the owner of SonSpirited where she helps strengthen mental and emotional wellness within community through audio- visual, aromatherapeutic, colorful meditative sessions.

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Sentell Harper

Sentell Harper has worked in arts education for the past ten years. He is an actor and playwright who recently had his one man show Seek and Ye Shall Find premiere in New York City off broadway at the United Solo Festival. Sentell is the recipient of the 2014 United Solo Festival's Emerging Actor award. He was recently featured in the national media for this work, Alternative Names for Black Boys. 

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Lauren Sharpe

Lauren Sharpe is a writer, theater artist, and educator based in Brooklyn. An alumnae of The New York Neo-Futurists, Lauren performed in their long-running show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. She appeared in the critically-acclaimed full-length piece, The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O'Neill and directed The Soup Show, a feminist theater piece that included an onstage hot tub-as-cauldron. She was a performer and collaborator for Trusty Sidekick Theater's Scurry at Lincoln Center and Jem and Stonie, a virtual in-classroom theater piece for pre-k students. She co-created, devised, and performed in the UP CLOSE Festival, an immersive theater work for families, which took place at The New Ohio Theater. 

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C. Meranda

Flachs-Surmanek (they/them/theirs)

C. is a civically-engaged artist, theater maker, urban planner, and skilled facilitator whose work inspires dialogue, connection, and community wellbeing. C. specializes in documentary theater, facilitates community-based story projects, and holds space for healing-centered dialogue. merandissime.com / @merandissime

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Rita Liu

(she/her)

Rita Liu is a Taiwanese interdisciplinary artist, mover, and healer. Originally a theatre actress, her work plays with the juxtaposition between movements and spoken words. Rita explores the connection between outer-space and inner-self and is interested in giving non-artists the agencies to speak out for themselves. rita-liu.com / @hakuna_ritata

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Alison Waldman (She/her)

Alison Waldman is a wellness collaborator and movement artist based in Washington, D.C. Alison builds 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. She delivered her TEDx talk, “Why we should be dancing with our doctors,” in 2020.

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Behind-The-Scenes Collaborators

The Clinic is grateful for the incredible people who make all the magic happen behind the scenes.
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Carolina De Paz 

Executive Assistant

Carolina De Paz, is a digital creator, community manager. She likes to travel, meet new cultures and people. She believes that empathy and recognition among others can make change in any community in which one lives. Meditation is part of her daily life and she believes that mental health should be accessible to every human being.

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Would you like to join us? 

We are always looking for new collaborators. Please email Carolina@theclinicperformance@gmail.com if you are interested. 

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Alberto Denis (he/him)

Stage Manager

A company member of Third Rail Projects since 2011, Mr. Denis has been an original collaborating cast member in several of the company’s preeminent works including their Bessie’s Awards winning “Then She Fell” originating the role of Lewis Carroll as well as playing the role of Doctor. completing over 1200 peroformances, “The Grand Paradise” which ran for 11 months in 2016 to critical acclaim .

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Selena Walter

Web Designer

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. After graduating with her Master's Degree, she is now partnering with The Clinic Performance as their web designer while working as a Communications Coordinator at Chapman University. 

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Abby King (she/her)

 Voices of Care Project Assistant

Biography about Abby King coming soon.

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Nina Yeboah (she/her)

 Creative Caregivers Program Manager

Nina Yeboah is a reader, prose writer, and black art enthusiast. She was born to Ghanaian parents in Alexandria, Louisiana and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Her nonfiction can be found in The Critical Flame, the Philadelphia Printworks Blog, Shadow and Act, and A fropean. She is an alum of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the 2016 recipient of the Voices Rising Fellowship from Vermont Studio Center. In addition to her own writing, she is interested in the political work black people do through art: documenting, subverting, reimagining and theorizing. In Chicago, she leads the arts discussion group, Chicago Reading Africa. The initiative has produced public programming which has received support from Illinois Humanities, Comfort Station, the Rebuild Foundation, and the Black Ink Book Exchange.  

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Sarah Muehlbauer (she/her)

Stage Manager

Sarah Muehlbauer's work defies categorization as much as she defies adversity, dancing between aesthetic and athletic disciplines as an artist, writer, and performer. Whether giving stirring form to feelings that might only be expressed through the intensity of circus spectacle, to the quiet everyday-resistance against a drab world with her wearables, her words and work are equal parts meditation and prayer... that art, hard work, and perseverance are the best defense against life's hardships.

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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.