Category Archives: Bios

Kate Clarke

Kate Clarke is the Program Director of Theatre at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA.   She is the co-artistic director of the Juniata Experimental Theatre Company a collective of seasoned teaching  and performing artists whose artistic home at Juniata serves as an incubator for the development, performing, and professional installation of new work.

A graduate of Oberlin College, and the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program, Kate brings 15 years of experience to coaching actors, creating dynamic theatre classes (both privately and at the college level), and to cultivating holistic practices for actors and singers through movement and voice work.

Kate is also a skilled singer, actress, movement theatre artist and voice talent.

Kate is an Associate Instructor of Fitzmaurice Voicework® in NYC, and is a certified practitioner and teacher of Open Source Forms.   Her teaching pedagogy includes: Fitzmaurice Voicework ®, Viewpoints, Suzuki, Alexander Technique, Stella Adler and Meisner studio work, Shakespeare, Musical Theatre, Singing, and Low Flying Trapeze.

Stephanie Skura

A “radical & perpetual innovator”, Stephanie has created interdisciplinary movement-based performances for three decades. Her process focuses on the power and totality of each performer, collaboratively discovering & developing material.

Called “a major American experimentalist”, she has an international reputation for adventurous work, performing and teaching in 30 of the United States and 15 countries. Her New York City-based touring company performed worldwide for 15 years.

Skura’s current work, including Sacrilege is Needed. Competency is Hell., The Corduroy PrayerTwo Huts, and Noir Noir Noir, integrates a radically visceral approach to language, continuing her life-long investigations of the boundaries & intersections of dance, theater, poetry and performance.

Now based in the Pacific Northwest, she works independently with several companies, artists and institutions. She was on Graduate Faculty at the University of Washington School of Drama Professional Actors Training Program, and Core Faculty of the Skinner Releasing Institute, working closely with SRT creator Joan Skinner. She’s taught at such places as the American Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival, European Dance Development Center, Naropa Institute, Movement Research in New York, and in residencies at many colleges and universities around the country.

Her work has toured at major festivals in Zurich, Vienna, Lisbon, Budapest, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, France & Canada, and at such US venues as the Walker Art Center In Minneapolis, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and in New York City at Roulette, Dance Theater Workshop, the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, Central Park Summerstage, Danspace Project, and Performance Space 122.

She created and directs Open Source Forms, a practice and teacher training program focusing on deep commonalities of Skinner Releasing and creative process. From 2005-10, she was Associate Artistic Director of The Gravity Project, an integrative theater company weaving movement, design, music, and poetic text. She’s a regular guest artist at Juniata College’s  theater department, and helped develop its innovative curriculum.

Skura has received 7 Choreography Fellowships and 5 Dance Company Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, one of the first “Bessie Awards” for Choreography, and many other government, foundation and corporate grants, as well as commissions from several dance companies. She holds a BFA & MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

An innovative teacher & mentor, Skura’s worldwide influence on students, teachers, artists, choreographers, and audience members has been a major force in the field of dance and performance. With a deep respect for individual diversity, and a sturdy respect for the subconscious, her work is guided by integration of body/mind/heart, creativity & technique, form & content, art & healing, intellect & intuition.

Her non-fiction & poetry have appeared in several literary journals, and in Dance Magazine, the Village Voice, Contact Quarterly, and the book Reimaging America: Art & Social Change.

Meaghen Buckley

Meaghen Buckley is an artist and teacher based in Montréal. Trained in dance, visual arts, and theoretical linguistics, her creative practice explores the interaction of body and text in a variety of forms including performance, installation art, and structures for audience participation. She has taught both art and dance technique classes, most recently in Vancouver from 2010–2014, where she also created classes fusing object-making and performance-making around a common theme. She holds a BA from McGill University and a BFA from Emily Carr University. Her work has been exhibited in Berlin and Göteborg, Sweden, as well as in a number of Vancouver-area galleries. She was certified as a teacher of Open-Source Forms in 2014.

Meaghen’s teaching adds drawing as an additional tool to the core elements of OSF. Drawing is explored in a variety of materials as another kind of movement: on a surface as well as in space. Interacting with the internal imagery of OSF, the act of drawing becomes another way for lived experience to emerge into the world, providing new perspectives, new materials, new entry points into creative practice.


Artiste et enseignante, Meaghen Buckley vit et travaille à Montréal. Avec une formation en danse, en beaux-arts et en théorie linguistique, sa pratique créative explore l’interaction du corps et des textes sous plusieurs formes, entre autres la performance, l’installation artistique, et les systèmes encourageant la participation du public. Elle a enseigné la danse et l’art visuel, notamment à Vancouver entre 2010 et 2014, où elle a élaboré des cours alliant la production d’objets et de performances autour d’un même thème. Elle détient un baccalauréat de l’université McGill et un BFA de l’université Emily Carr. Elle a participé à des expositions à Berlin et en Suède ainsi qu’à de nombreuses galeries à Vancouver. Elle est certifiée comme enseignante d’OSF depuis 2014.

L’enseignement de Meaghen ajoute le dessin comme outil supplémentaire pour les éléments de base d’OSF. Le dessin est exploré avec une variété de matériaux comme un autre type de mouvement: sur une surface ainsi que dans l’espace. En interaction avec l’imagerie interne d’OSF, l’acte du dessin devient une autre façon pour l’expérience vécue d’émerger dans le monde, offrant de nouvelles perspectives, de nouveaux matériaux, de nouveaux points d’entrée dans la pratique créative.

Susanna Hood

Based in Montreal since 2010, Susanna Hood is a compelling and virtuosic performer in dance and music and was the artistic director of her interdisciplinary performance company hum dansoundart from 2000 till 2013. She began her career as a member of the Toronto Dance Theatre from 1991 through 1995. Independently, she has performed the works of various Canadian choreographers, composers, and filmmakers (including Tedd Robinson, Scott Thomson, John Oswald, Nilan Perera, and Phillip Barker) and has performed widely as an improviser both in dance and music. For over a decade, she has been synthesizing voice and movement into a dynamic practice through which she creates intimate, raw and sensual performance work. Her choreography, compositions, and interdisciplinary collaborations have been presented locally, nationally, and internationally on stage and film since 1991.

Awards include the 1998 K.M. Hunter Emerging Artists Award in Dance and the 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Award (DMM) for Outstanding Performance in Dance for She’s gone away. Prominent nominations include the 2007 DMM Award for Best New Choreography in Dance for her first group work on the Dancemakers company loveloathing, and the 2010 DMM Awards for Best Composition (Nilan Perera) and Outstanding Performance (Dan Wild) for Shudder. In 2008 Susanna was the recipient of the Canada Council’s Victor Martin Lynch-Staunton Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Dance.

Theatre credits include Assistant Director/Movement Coach to Jennifer Tarver for both Nightwood Theatre’s production of Sarah Kane’s Crave in 2007 and the Stratford Festival’s production of George F. Walker’s Zastrozzi in 2009 as well as Co-Direction with Jennifer Tarver for the National Theatre School’s production of Edward Albee’s Everything in the Garden in 2011.

Part-time teacher at both the School Toronto Dance Theatre and l’École de Danse Contemporain de Montréal in improvisation and elements of composition respectively, Susanna also teaches improvisation and synthesis of voice and movement through independent workshops in Canada since 2004. In 2010 she was certified to teach Open Source Forms that combines the principles of Skinner Releasing method with the varied and developing practices of its teachers. Since 2012, Susanna has also become a teacher trainer for OSF.

Keely Isaak Meehan

Open Source Forms teacher, Certified Movement Analyst, and artist.

I offer both private sessions and public classes which facilitate economy, comfort, creativity and confidence through movement. The following methodologies and practices inform my work:

  • Laban Movement Analysis
  • Bartenieff Fundamentals
  • Open Source Forms
  • Skinner Releasing
  • a lifetime of dancing – contemporary, modern, ballet, Dunham, improv, contact
  • the work of Irene Dowd
  • Body Mind Centering