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Roger the Jester started his professional life on the streets of Boston in 1976 after studying at Celebration Mime Theatre with Tony Montanaro for six months. Before that he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Photojournalism and Psychology from Syracuse Univeristy.
Fiddler and dancer Joanne Garton mixes her pervasive passion for Scottish culture with the drive and rhythms of the New England dance floor. Ten musical years in Montreal and two in Scotland provided ample influence and inspiration for traditional tunes and the art of teaching them. A resident of Montpelier, Vermont for the last 12 years, Joanne teaches music and dance to kids and adults, performs on stage, plays in sessions, and of course,
Sarah has been committed to artistic expression for many years. She has taught art and yoga, Create for the Sake of Joy, and bookmaking classes. Honoring nature has been her recent focus in her daily practice of journaling and sketching.
She was a doula and now offers private care for elders, honoring the end of life process.
Fiddler Kathleen Fownes plays with a fire and versatility that shows her deep passion for the music. Kathleen has attended Ogontz since she was a kid, and was inspired by the musicians she met at camp to study both folk and classical violin. Her lyrical playing, coupled with her fearless improvisation, create a powerful and dynamic musical range which makes her one of the most sought after fiddlers on the scene. Kathleen plays in the band Nova for contra dances and weekends across the country and in a duo,
Rick Mohr is a nationally-known contra caller and choreographer, as well as an accomplished musician and rapper dance leader. His enthusiasm, humor, and deep dance and music repertoire help groups of kids, teens, and adults experience the joys of traditions old and new.
Natty Smith was raised in the dancing community. He began morris dancing on Tom Kruskal’s children’s team Hop Brook in Sudbury, MA. With Hop Brook, then Candyrapper and Great Meadows Morris and Sword, and now the Pinewoods Morris Men, Maple Morris, and Thames Valley International, Natty can be found dancing or playing fiddle for morris and sword all over New England and southeastern Canada every spring and summer. He currently helps teach and plays fiddle for Great Meadows Morris and Sword,
Lily Leahy grew up dancing and singing at CDSS’ Family Week at Pinewoods and has been hooked ever since. She started dancing Longsword and Morris at age 10 on Hop Brook Morris, and continued on to dance with Boston-area based Orion Longsword for 14 years. She has taught longsword, morris dancing, and other traditional dances and songs to children for both Revels Education Programs and at the Wellesley Community Children’s Center After School Programs,
Patrick Swanson began his career in London as an actor at the Arts Theatre. In 1969, he toured Europe with La MaMa Plexus and subsequently got his world theater education from Ellen Stewart at La MaMa E.T.C. in New York. His numerous directing projects include opera, ensemble, music theater and circus. He was a founding stage director of Circus Flora and is currently Artistic Director of Revels. Patrick taught acting and improvisation at the London Academy of Dramatic Art,
Fynn Crooks used to have a fear of hurdles, but she got over it. Oh, that’s terrible! As a storyteller, humorist, and teacher Fynn has been sharing bad jokes, tough riddles, and a healthy enthusiasm for life with her students, young and old, for a decade. She loves leading group games to encourage communication, cooperation and just plain goofiness. You might find Fynn launching a rubber chicken across camp, leading a silly circus, lifeguarding,