Meredyth Hunt (Willow Walker, of the Tree Dwellers)
Meredyth Hunt is a performer, teacher and theatre creator. She is the Artistic Director of Happy Chicken Theater, a company that creates original theater for children. Through Happy Chicken Theater, she also teaches summer theatre camps and leads The Great Big Adventure. In addition, she has created two original works for Descanso Gardens, including Into the Forest and a puppet show for The Harvest Festival. Television roles include hosting a nationally syndicated talk show, Lover or Loser, and many guest starring appearances in shows such as Crossing Jordan, The Norm Show and even a stint as the "Dragon Lady" on the soap opera Passions. The highlight of her film career was starring opposite Frank Langella in the independent film Breaking the Fifth. She has performed in theatre around the country in shows such as Chicago and Modigliani as well as many original works. She creates new work with her artistic partner, Erin Schlabach, as Leonix Movement Theater.
Jones Welsh (Karnin, of the Fire Keepers)
Jones Welsh is a performer, administrator, and warrior. Jones received his degree in theatre and dance from the University of Washington in 2000, then returned for the Non-Profit Management Certificate Program after 2 years of working in New York. Jones is now the Managing Director of Not Man Apart - Physical Theatre Ensemble (www.notmanapart.com), establishing the organization in 2000 and now co-produces the LA Improv Dance Festival, Somatic Movement Arts Festival, and Shakespeare Santa Monica. After completing five years touring with Diavolo Dance Theatre (www.diavolo.org), Jones is now the Diavolo Institute Director, establishing sustainable community outreach programs in Los Angeles. Jones is a trained animal tracker and survivalist through Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School, a gymnastics coach at Broadway Gymnastics, and trains in Brazilian martial arts at Capoeira Brasil LA. Jones has coached kids of all ages for over 15 years in gymnastics studios in Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles. He also creates and manages the Fox Flyers Adventure Camp in his position as Institute Director with Diavolo Dance Theater, which also runs inspiring programs in Trust and Teamwork across the Los Angeles Area.
Stephen Schilling (Artist, Actor)
Stephen Schilling is an educator, actor, writer, martial artist and graphic novelist. Holding an MFA from U of F, he went immediately into teaching and has taught at Duke University, New Mexico State University, Cypress College, as well as privately. He holds 2 blacks-belts and practices Wing Chun, Bujinkan, Tai Chi and even a little Aikido. He is an exceptional stunt fighter and choreographer, having experience with many weapons, Western and Eastern. For the last 14 years he has taught karate, as well as Shakespeare, to children from age 2.5 all the way till he sends them off to college with a Black Belt (true story). Stephen has been an illustrator since he was a young child and is only now reaching into the professional art world. His first published work was in the recently released SOLESTAR…a graphic novel raising awareness, and money, for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. After two second-place finishes in the G-fest amateur art expo…he made his first appearance selling his art professionally in the Artist's Alley at G-Fest XX. He has recently done commissioned work as well as sold his art at Wondercon and Comic Fest, while constantly moving his way into the comics world. Being able to bring The Great Big Adventure to life, and the freedom my ‘boss’ (Meredyth) gives me to create as I see fit, has been one of the premiere pleasures of the last year. To check out some of Stephen’s artwork visit his facebook page: WolfTribeStudioArts