Kim van Aelst

Kim is the recipient of the Connecticut Coalition on the Arts Award and the Emma Louise Warfield Grant in Puppetry. Kim has performed her original and quirky scripts at La MaMa in New York City, The Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, Puppet Showplace Theatre in Boston, with the Bindlestiff Family Circus at the Galapagos in Dumbo, and at Dixon Place and Tank in NYC. She received her Masters in Dramatic Arts in Puppetry from the University of Connecticut in 2018. In addition to her training from the Uconn Puppetry Program, she has a background in clowning through the Carol Siguro training program and acting at the Actor’s Studio in New York City.


Sara Balkun

Sara is a Reggio-inspired Early Childhood Educator, intuitive artist, and registered yoga instructor who compassionately holds space for people of all ages, abilities, and experiences as they safely bridge the gap between their mind, body and heart. Little Creative Hearts is a fun and mindful sensory experience for the little yogi! Practice simple breathing techniques and explore various visual art mediums to create personal mandalas. All ages and abilities welcome. All materials provided.

Friday Sunday

Dragonfly Studios

Children’s Yoga classes offered by Dragonfly Studios will combine age-appropriate yoga poses, meditation, and breath work with activities that appeal to the imagination, enthusiasm, and energy of kids. This is an active class for children ages 2-5 with an adult. No yoga experience or mat needed; be prepared to move! Family yoga classes for ages 3-8 (with adult) incorporates poses, games, songs, and storytelling that encourage self-expression and foster a sense of teamwork. Mindfulness activities can be recreated at home to continue the bonding experience. No yoga experience needed, just the open heart of a child!

Saturday Sunday

Leland Faulkner

Leland Faulkner is a man of a thousand faces. Recipient of Kennedy Center accolades for directing Shadowplay, and multiple awards for original films, Leland has also consulted on the popular film The Polar Express. Beginning with movement theatre and evolving through new vaudeville and performance art, Leland Faulkner was trained in the Old World tradition of master and apprentice. He is a professionally-trained film maker, mime, actor, and director. Leland studied with a variety of distinguished teachers, including: Tony Montanaro, Jacques Lecoq, and theatre masters from Italy and Japan. With a vision dedicated to the necessity of make-believe and the ability of theatre to be a universal art, Leland continually searches for entertaining and meaningful theatre. His work has gained acclaim both at home and abroad.


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Tiare Kahana

As part of her Hawaiian heritage, Tiare learned the ancient and sacred art of hula in early childhood. She continues to study hula under Kumu Hula (Hula Master) Kawika Alfiche of Halau ‘O Keiki’ali’I of San Francisco and was honored as a guest dancer in his New York Times critically-acclaimed production of “The Sacred Hula: Ka Wa Hula – Hula Through Time” at Symphony Space. She is the founder of Kahana Hula, a Polynesian Dance Company, presenting Hawaiian culture and dance performances.


Tim Latta

Tim Latta is an actor, dancer, choreographer and director. He has traveled the globe with companies such as Pilobolus, Momix, and Faustwork Mask Theatre. He was co-founder of the rhythm duo Testi di Bosca with tap dancer Joe Orrach and did a stint with The Royal Lichtenstein Circus. He has been a guest artist with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Iso, The Deutsche Opera, and Shawn McConneloug and her Orchestra among others. Highlights include being a featured performer in Nachtmond with David Shiner, at the Wintergarden Varieté in Berlin, choreographing the award-winning ALICE for the Lindsay Kemp Company in Barcelona, Spain and playing “Bob” in Kevin Kling’s Lloyd’s Prayer at ACT in Seattle. He is the founding director of Lattawork.


Iddi Saaka

A dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer from Ghana, West Africa, Saaka has choreographed and performed at the World Festival of Sacred Music, the International Festival of Masks, the Skirball Center, Royce Hall, the Fowler Museum, Dance Arts Academy, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, El Portal Forum Theatre, and the Music Center in Los Angeles. At Wesleyan, he teaches courses in West African dance and also directs the West African Drumming and Dance Concert at the end of each semester. He has served as a visiting instructor of dance at UCLA, University of California San Diego, and the University of Ghana.


Dennis Waring

Dennis is an Ethnomusicologist and former CT State Troubadour, who is masterful at incorporating a wide array of indigenous and homemade instruments to weave fascinating tales of the origin of music and how all cultures through time utilized their natural environments for creating fantastic sound-making devices. His instrument-making workshops for people of all ages is a signature activity and his DVD From Trash To Tunes has garnered international recognition. The Trash-to-Tunes show is a demonstration/performance of almost fifty handmade/ homemade musical instruments based on ideas and inspirations from around the world. Interesting sights, sounds and stories provide audiences with new awareness into folklore, music, craft and science.