DAN FURST

 

Astrologer

Author

Actor

 

Chakana House

Rinconada S/N

Pisac, Cusco, Peru

 

Phone:

0051 - 961 - 528034

 

 

 

The best resume ever written may be the Dalai Lama's: "I am a Buddhist monk." What follows here is not so much a detailed curriculum vitae as a kind of world map summarizing highlights and areas of interest:

 

Astrology

I've been a professional astrologer in the field of Western tropical astrology since 1977, and an astrology writer, specializing since 2006 in the area of locational astrology called Astrocartography, a mapping program that can guide us to our best places for living and working, building relationship and other goals. My life is now a kind of ongoing astrocartography experiment, in which I live, travel and develop connections in places that further my interests as an Aquarian activist who uses the media of writing, theatre and ceremonial art to serve the aim of our  awakening into the expanded spiritual consciousness of the Aquarian Age that now begins.

 

Peru (2009 - 2015):

 

Writing

Books

Published Dance of the Moon: Celebrating the Sacred Cycles of the Earth (Llewellyn, 2009) and Published Surfing Aquarius: How to Ace the Wave of Change (Red Wheel Weiser, 2011), published also in Spanish as Navegando por Acuario (Ediciones Obelisco, 2014). Organized for the two English books Living by the Moon (2009 - 2010) and Living Aquarian (2011 - 2012) tours of book signings, talks, ceremonies at the dark and full Moons, and astrology/astrocartography readings in a total of 46 cities throughout the USA, with return engagements in four for a total of 50 events, from Nov. 3, 2009 through June 16, 2010. Now preparing Find Your Best Places, the first in a projected series of e-books on Astrocartography.

 

 

In Egypt (2004 - 2009) and

 

 

 

 

 

Ceremony

2013

Guided the Sacred Sounds Egypt journey through sacred sites in Giza, Saqqara, Xaryat al Aryan, Beni Hassan, Speos Archimedos, Abydos, Dendera, Luxor, Phlae, Elephantine and Aby Simbel, leading charts of the ancient Khemitian music in the sites where it resonated in ancient times.

 

2009 - 2014

Guided the Return to Pachamama journey with Leslie Zehr (2013), and led numerous solar festivals, Full and Dark Moon ceremonies, sacred sound circles with crystal singing bowls, and other ceremonial events. Participated in numerous sacred medicine ceremonies of ayahuasca, huachuma (San Pedro) and other plant teachers.

 

2004 - 2009:

Traveled extensively in the Nile Valley and Sinai, singing in the sacred places and testing their resonant properties.

 

1998- 2011

Creator of Hermes 3 website, the Universal Festival Calendar, Sacred Sounds groups in Hawaii, Egypt and Peru, When It Rained in Egypt other holistic theatre works under the aegis of The Play of Freedom; and other projects in spiritual evolution and ceremonial art and performance.

 

1985- 1996

As journalist, wrote regular columns on theatre for the Mainichi Daily News and Asahi Evening News, and contributed occasional pieces to Japan's other two English-language dailies, the Daily Yomiuri and The Japan Times; wrote theatre column for Kansai Time Out monthly magazine and short plays and other theatre pieces for Kyoto Journal and Tokyo Journal; covered theatre and other performing arts in Japan for American Theatre, High Performance, Metropolitan Opera News, Edinburgh Festival Souvenir and other magazines; wrote a variety of pieces on the arts, politics, society and religion for these publications and others such as Winds (Japan Airlines), Hong Kong and Sedona: Journal of Emergence.

 

1989-1995

Corresponding Secretary to Rev. Kyotaro Deguchi at the Oomoto Foundation in Kameoka, Japan. Managed communications with religious leaders throughout the world, and assisted with development and planning of interfaith activities in Japan.

1991-1995 Edited English programs for the annual Osaka International Music Festival; also was Editor-in-Chief of Kyoto Visitors' Guide monthly magazine.

 

 

 

 

1978-2012

Have worked for 32 years as an actor, singer and fight director, in theatre, film, TV, radio, and commercials. Highlight credits:

 

Peru and United States (2009 - 2012)

 

2009-2012

Performed An Evening with Rumi with music by Alauddin Ottinger and Dwight Frissell (Kansas City, MO, Dec. 2009); with Erika May (Silver City, NM, Feb. 2010); Marko Zonka and Richard Williams (Ashland, OR, Feb. 2010); Tony, Eduardo Santana and Mark Donohoe (Pisac, Peru, Aug., 2011); Marko Zonka, Seabury Gould and Nils Olof Soderback (Ashland OR and Arcata, CA, Sept. 2011); James Little and Fred Zarro (Asheville, NC, Feb. 2012)

 

B. Egypt (2005 - 2009)

 

2009

 

 

2008- 2009

Founded The Dahab Orchestra with Sergei Shchegolkov, and guided its growth into an ensemble of players from Russia, the UK, Greece, the USA, Japan, Sudan and Egypt. Produced the group's initial performances at Rush in Dahab, in Sinai.

2005- 2007 Appeared as singer and didjeridoo player with Fathy Salama and the Sharkiat Band at Beit El-Harrawy, the Cairo Opera House, and the Cairo Goethe Institut.

 

2006

Appeared as guest singer in Cairo Christmas concert with Trygve Seim and Source

 

2005

Produced, composed music, played and sang in Music Medicine, an international concert for peace and planetary healing with Naseer Shamma, Rahalla, Manal Mohei el Din, Svemir Vranko, Scott Huckabay and Willow Chang at Sakia El Sawy Culture Wheel, Cairo

 

C: Hawaii (1995 - 2007)

 

2007 Performed An Evening with Rumi, sponsored by the Honolulu Academy of Arts, with music by Steve Rosenthal and Reggae McGowen, as a featured cultural event in the International Year of Mevlana.

 

Appeared in the December 2007 Caravan of the Mevlevi Order of America, as MC and presenter of Rumi's poetry at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts and Royce Hall at UCLA.

2003 Created title role of the Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi in An Evening with Rumi, with Sangeet Gellhorn, Nuri Martin, Ivan Krillzarin, Larry Ward and Valerie Noor Karima, at the Arts at Mark's Garage, Honolulu.

 

D. Japan (1984 - 1995):

 

Was named one of the People of the Year by the city of Kyoto in its 1200th anniversary year of 1994, for contributions to cross-cultural theatre and international understanding. Highlight credits include:

 

Going Up? (as Ape Man) , Beauty Bare (as Endymion) and `Mid Hell Smoke (Chorus Leader), Parnassus Dancetheatre Productions, directed by Joseph Houseal

 

 

Studied Japanese Kyogen (classical comedy) with Shigeyama Sennojo, performed kyogen in Japanese and English at noh theatres, shrines and cross-cultural theatre education events at schools and universities throughout Japan

Industrial video narrations, promotional films, TV commercials for Nippon Steel, Osaka Gas, Daiwa Bank, Ono Pharmaceutical, Omron, Takashimaya Dept. Store (Singapore) and many others. Detailed credits available on request

 

 E: New York (1978 - 1984)

Scaramouche (as Commedia Scaramouche), Encompass Theatre

Unseen Pigeons, The Arabian Nights and The Three Musketeers, Chameleon Theatrix Productions, directed by Amy Marashinsky

Mrs. Warren's Profession (as Praed), dir. Terry Dudley

The Bear and The Jubilee, dir. Katherine Sergava

Jazz Evangel, with David Simons, at La Mama ETC

Baby Island, dir. Jorie MacKinnon, WBAI Radio

Independent and industrial films, radio plays, voiceovers and commercials. Detailed credits available on request

 

THEATER, MUSIC, AND ENVIRONMENTAL EVENT PRODUCTION

2005-2009

 

2003-2005 Was chief Tour Coordinator and Master of Ceremonies for the Makua Lani Ocean Adventures project and Real Hawaii Tours. Led hundreds of tour groups from Japan, Europe and North America on daily kayak excursions to encounter wild dolphins off Makua Beach in Oahu, and on special eco-tours and immersion experiences in Hawaii's traditional culture.

1996-2004 Founded and led the Sacred Sounds music ensemble of Oahu, coordinating meditative music and sound healing events with holistic practitioners and voice artists in combination with players of didjeridoos, crystal singing bowls, drums, harps, flutes, bells and other traditional instruments. Sacred Sounds has been featured at events in Kyoto, Japan; Sedona, Arizona and the Whole Life Expo in Los Angeles, as well as in numerous Hawaii events, including such highlights as:

The Frequency of Love (1996) with Egyptian temple dancer Solara Zakeli

 

Festival Priest and Clown at Solstice and Equinox Festivals by Hawaii Fire Tribe; roles of Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter, Pan, the Green Man and the Top Banana of the Sun (2000 - 2003)

Harmonic Concordance (2003)

Beltaine at Olomana Gardens (2004)

1994-1995 Dolphin Communication: Led four groups from Japan to swim with wild dolphins and conduct dolphin healing experiments in Oahu. Work included planning and promotion, management, interpretation and event production. The July 1995 group included dolphin research scientist John Lilly; physicians and medical researchers from hospitals in Osaka, Fukuoka and Okinawa; the director of the Dolphin Healing Center in Kyoto; and artists and scholars from France, the United States and Singapore as well as Japan.

1993

Stage Managed and was announcer and master of ceremonies on international environmental conferences: The Kyoto Global Forum, chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev; and the Conference on Ecological Responsibility: A Dialogue with Buddhism, convened by H. H. the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, India.

1988- 1995

Founder and artistic director of Sirius Productions theatre company in Kyoto, Japan. Music, theatre and other principal productions included:

 

Artist management for Count Basie Orchestra Japan tour, sponsored by NHK-TV (1994)

Rock `n' Roll Kyogen, cross-cultural theatre with kyogen (classical comedy) master Shigeyama Sennojo, featuring music design by Mark Wilcox (1994)

 

Artist management for Rain Forest music group of Edinburgh, in concerts sponsored by NHK Kinki Media Plan (1993)

A Night in Havana, production support and publicity for Japan tour by Cuban musicians and Dancers, produced by Dentsu (1993)

The Wizard of Jazz, Munich Biennale Festival award-winning play by The New Theatre (TNT) of London, 9-city Japan tour supported by the British Council (1992)

Gulliver's Travels, Edinburgh Festival prize-winner by The Lords of Misrule from London, 7-city Japan tour, supported by the British Council (1991)

International Fair: produced art and performance festival by European and American artists, sponsored by Takashimaya Department Stores

UK 90: assisted the British Council and other cultural bodies with production and publicity support for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Cheek by Jowl and other companies

Macbeth, joint production with the London Stage Company, as co-producer, actor and fight director (1989)

Fool for Love, Japan premiere in Kyoto; won Best Play and Best Actor awards at the Shin-Kobe Oriental Theatre New Wave Theatre Festival (1989)

 

 

B. Special Teaching Activities:

2005-2009 Presented numerous lectures on sound medicine, astrology, tarot, the Mayan calendar and other topics at the Maadi Community Services Association, the Heliopolis Community Association, the Cairo Women's Group for Health and the Alexandria Philosophical Society

1998-2003 Alliance for Drama Education, Honolulu, Hawaii: taught dozens of residencies at elementary and high schools throughout Oahu in the Getting Dramatic! Program, designed to teach confidence, poise and communication skills through theatre exercises and improvisations

1999

"How to Play the Millennium," special multimedia lecture series on prophecy and divination, Honolulu, Hawaii

1995-1997

Multimedia Lectures on Ceremonial Theatre and Sacred Geometry, delivered in Japanese: "Leonardo da Vinci and the Earthquake" (Kobe, 1995); "The Geometry of Love" (Nine-city Japan Tour, 1996); "Secrets of the Spiral" (Kyoto, 1997)

1993- 1995 Physical Theatre workshops in Movement, Intuition and Silence at Yoshida Shrine, Kyoto; and drama, voice, public speaking and improvisational theatre courses at Steps Academy for Performing Arts

1993

Assisted director Peter Brook with Kyoto Prize theatre lecture/demonstrations

1992-1993 Universal Comedy and Japanese Theatre Today: Lecture/Demos at The New School, New York; the Japan Foundation, Kyoto; and the University of Hawaii at Manoa

 

EDUCATION

1974

Ph. D. in Literature and Drama, Columbia University, New York. Major: 18th-century English literature. Minors: Renaissance poetry and drama. Dissertation: "Desperate Journey: The Race between Art and Death in Tristram Shandy"

1967

M. A., 18th Century Literature, Columbia University Major: 18th-century English literature. Minor: 20th-century European Theatre. Master's Thesis: "Black, White and Motley: Visual Theatre in Tristram Shandy"

1966

B. A., Literature/Drama, Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Missouri. Major: English and World literature. Minors: Theatre and Latin

Special Skills and Certificates:

Fluent in Japanese, nearly fluent in Spanish

Interfaith minister, ordained in the Church of Spiritual Science, New York (1982)

Expert in fencing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and cooking

Resume last updated: Aug. 28, 2012