We believe that creativity can change the world. We all create our own reality through our thoughts and emotions; an ongoing process throughout our lives. Creating art expresses who we are and how we interact with the world. At The Way of the Labyrinth, we enjoy encouraging growth in others, while at the same time bringing people together to share ideas. The Way of the Labyrinth provides opportunities for centering, as well as community building, exploration, self-discovery, problem solving, healing, and renewal of your creative spirit.
Judith Clinton facilitator Judith studied theater at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The Circle in the Square in NYC. With a BA in Theatre and Human Services she is a graduate from Eastern Connecticut State University and the Graduate studies program at the Expressive and Creative Arts Institute at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. Judith grew up in New York and is the author of the full-length plays Fight Night, and Contenders, which was a finalist in the Mountain Playhouse International play competition – the one act play, To the Neighbors, and the book to a musical, Journey, based on the major Arcana of the Tarot. Her play, Fight Night, was produced by Emerson Theatre Collaborative in Mystic, Connecticut. Her one act play, To the Neighbors, received a staged reading by St. David’s Players in Gales Ferry, CT and was a finalist in the 2015 Warner Theatre International play competition. Judith is currently a member of the Connecticut Board of Directors Showcase Committee of the 70 year old arts company, Plays for Living, a theatre company that gives voice to sensitive issues by staging live dramas to provide a safe environment for people to openly explore tough subjects such as aging, diversity in the workplace, teen bullying, domestic violence, care giving and other issues concerning oppressed people and challenging social issues. She is a member of the Southeastern CT Women’s Business Network, the Southeastern Cultural Coalition and the Dramatist’s Guild.
At, The Way of the Labyrinth, Judith has created a space for people who have a yearning for connection, creativity, and time for reflection. Combining nature and art is the perfect way to reconnect and spend time with like-minded people. Judith brings enthusiasm, curiosity, and creativity, as well as a strong desire to continue to learn and evolve through the workshop process. Creativity Workshops are designed to utilize a method learned in the Graduate program at Salve Regina’s Expressive and Creative Arts Institute. This method is called A.R.T. (Access, Release, Transform) designed and developed by Barbara Ganim and Susan Fox. The methods use a holistic, multi-modal approach to the Expressive and Creative arts, concentrating specifically on an integration of visual imagery with movement, sound, and expressive writing.
EMMA PALZERE-RAE – A multi-talented actor and theatre professional, Emma’s primary writing focus is playwriting. She began writing plays in elementary school, adapting her favorite stories, such as Amelia Bedelia, to skits she would perform for other classes. In 1989, armed with a B.F.A, a graduate of Emerson College, Boston with a major in Theater/Acting and minors in Creative Writing and Speech Communications, she founded, Be Well Productions, producing one-woman shows that she continues to perform around the country at libraries, historical societies, theaters and schools. Her original solo plays include: Aunt Hattie’s House; A Nice Place to Visit; Tellin’ Cat Tales; Me & Emily; and Live From the Milky Way…It’s Gilda Radner! Emmas’s monologue, Finding My Voice, was recently selected for Lady Bits, a feminist theater project to be presented at Rutgers University in Spring 2015. She is also at work on a new one-woman show about Victoria Woodhull, who ran for U.S. President in 1872. Emma also serves as co-director of Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. From 1997-2003, Emma served as Artistic Director for Plays for Living (NYC). During her tenure, she scripted countless original one-acts and scenarios for non-profit, education and corporate clients on specific social issues such as elder abuse, bullying, post-traumatic stress syndrome, diversity, work/life balance and care-giving. In partnership with Judith Clinton, there is now a Connecticut chapter of Plays for Living, presenting plays to raise awareness about social issues such as bullying, campus sexual assault and domestic violence.
Kristine Niven, Artistic Co-Director of Artistic New Directions a New York City non-profit theatre and theatre institute ANDUnivesity. Kristine is an actor, improviser, writer and teacher. She created the Summer Improv Retreat, the Master Improv Retreat and AND’s current Per4mance New York Improv Intensive. Her plays, Human Resources, The Competitors, Barbershop, and Get Outta Jail, were all created using improvisation. She co-wrote sketch comedy for cable TV’s Dinner with Briggs and Large, as well as for various cabaret in New York. As an actress she has performed on stages in New York and Regionals. She is a member of the AND-semble improvisational group. She resides in Manhattan.
Jeffrey Sweet realized while writing Something Wonderful Right Away, his oral history of Second City, that the same improv techniques used to develop Second City’s classic scenes could be adapted into techniques for writing. Applying these principles to his own work, he has won many awards and citations (Writers Guild of America, Outer Critics Circle, Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, American Theatre Critics Association, Joseph Jefferson, Best Plays) and nominations (Emmy, John Gassner). His book on technique, The Dramatist’s Toolkit, is in wide use in colleges and professional schools, and he is one of the co-directors of the Actors Studio’s Writers-Directors Lab. Developed with improv techniques, his play With and Without played in Chicago (at the Victory Gardens Theatre), Houston and New York. Jeffrey Sweet has used the techniques he teaches to write scripts for award-winning TV episodes for comedy and drama, daytime and pilots. An Emmy nominated writer and winner of a Writers Guild of America Award, his plays and musicals have been produced in New York, Chicago, London, and Tokyo as well as numerous regional theatres across the country, picking up two American Theatre Critics Association Awards, the Jefferson Award, the American Express-Kennedy Center production grant, the Audelco Award for Best Playwright 2012, a “Best Plays” citation, and “critic’s choice” designations from the NY TIMES, CHIAGO TRIBUNE and LA TIMES. Actors who have appeared in productions of his work include Helen Hunt, Jon Cryer, Nathan Lane, Jack Klugman, Dan Lauria, Amy Morton, Alan Bates, Candace Bergen, William Petersen, Gary Cole, Richard Kind, Ellen Burstyn, Garry Marshall, Megan Mullally and Judy Kaye. He has taught writing for Columbia University, University of Iowa, Rutgers University, the Actors Studio, Second City, New Dramatists. His book, THE DRAMATIST’S TOOLKIT, is in wide use as a text, now enjoying its 16th printing and has been endorsed by Pulitzer Prize-winners Donald Margulies and Sheldon Harnick. He is also the author of SOMETHING WONDERFUL RIGHT AWAY, the oral history of Chicago’s Second City, and most recently THE O’NEILL – A lavishly illustrated celebration of the fifty-year history of the most influential theatrical organization in America, the O’Neill Theatre Center, in Waterford, Connecticut. This is the story of a theatrical laboratory, a place that transformed American theater, film, and television.
Janice L. Goldberg has directed over 60 new plays, in many genres, uptown and down, and from Alaska to Florida. Recent work includes: The Stop Gun Violence Now Theatre Festival. These Shining Lives – Adelphi University. 10 Minute Play Slam- – Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Human Resources, and The Rubber Room, as part of Artistic New Directions “Without-a-Net” series. 25 performances. 25 actors. Never the same cast twice. She directed Carol Lempert’s After Anne Frank and That Dorothy Parker for FringeNYC and Off Broadway. Both were one of 12 shows out of 200 selected for Fringe Encores and each took home awards for acting and directing. Also, Carl & Shelly, Best Friends Forever -Theatre 3 at the Mint. She co-wrote (with Susan Bigelow) and directed the Off-Broadway premiere of Rose Colored Glass, published by Samuel French and an NEA Big Read Selection. Janice is the recipient of a Pilgrim Project Grant, a Writer/Director Residency at the Dorset Writers’ Colony, VT and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Gold Medallion Award. She wrote and directed industrials for M&M*MARS; and has been a guest artist at NYU, Humboldt State, Johns Hopkins, various SUNY’s, and Kingsborough, among others. Currently she is developing a new musical, The Gathering Room. Janice serves as Artistic Co-Director of Artistic New Directions and is a member of Circle East, SDC, and the Dramatist’s Guild. She leads kick-ass Nail-the-Job audition workshops for students all over the country and is a licensed New York City Tour Guide.