Pisac, Cusco, Peru
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:
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.
Published four books:
Dance of the Moon: Celebrating the Sacred Cycles of the Earth (Llewellyn, 2009)
Surfing Aquarius: How to Ace the Wave of Change (Red Wheel Weiser, 2011), also published in Spanish asNavegando por Acuario (Ediciones Obelisco, Madrid, 2014).
Finding Your Best Places: Using Astrocartography to Navigate Your Life, Book I in Dan Furst’s Astrocartography (Amazon Create Space, 2015)
Maps of Power: The Astrocartography of the Great, the Beautiful and the Terrible, Book II in Dan Furst’s Astrocartography Series (Amazon Create Space, 2016)
Organized 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, and talks in Spanish on Navegando por Acuario in Cusco and Arequipa, Peru (2014).
2. Aquarian Airlines Blog
Wrote numerous blog posts on the Astrology Events of 2013 – 2016, Living by the Moon
3. Universal Festival Calendar
Continued publishing the monthly Universal Festival Calendar, which came to its 200th-issue milestone in February, 2015.
Performance and Other Events
1. Rumi-related Performances
Produced and acted in performances of An Evening with Rumi at El Molle, the Trattoria Escondida in Pisac, and the Maha Templo in Pacha, Peru (2007 – 2014). and at Unity Church in Kansas City MO, the Sufi Center in Silver City, NM, the Grange in Ashland OR, sponsored by Ashland Contemporary Theatre; the Grange in Arcata, CA and Eclectic Nature in Asheville, NC, and at the Honolulu Academy of Arts as a featured cultural event in the International Year of Mevlana in 2007.
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.
2. Spirit Journeys and Ceremonies
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.
3. Other Performances and Event Highlights in Peru
Produced and sang in Love Songs for Pachamama at the Trattoria Escondida in Pisac.
Created and performed “We’re 2012-ing,” with music by Mark Wilcox, at the Water Woman Festival in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, and The Deal with 2012 at the Trattoria Escondida in Pisac, Peru.
Co-taught weekly Astrology classes with Michael Morris at the Inti Huatana Lounge and Ulrike’s Garden Cafe in Pisac (2013 – 2015)
Egypt (2004 – 2009) and Special Events (2011 – 2015)
Lectured on Astrocartography in 2015, and did private astrocartography and astrology readings, at the Cairo Centre for Health and Wellbeing, the Lotus Center in 6th October City and in Langebroek and Ansterdam in the Netherlands.
2. Sacred Sound Journeys and Performances
Guided visitors from the UK, Germany and the USA the Sacred Sounds Egypt journey in 2013 through sacred sites in Giza, Saqqara, Zaryat al Aryan, Beni Hassan, Speos Archimedos, Abydos, Dendera, Luxor, Phlae, Elephantine and Abu Simbel, leading chants of the ancient Khemitian music in the sites where it resonated in ancient times.
Traveled extensively in the Nile Valley and Sinai for five years, singing in the sacred places, testing their resonant properties and preparing Doubl Harmonies, a book about the sound science and sacred resonant sites of Egypt. Guided numerous Egypt residents on visits and sound experiments to sites listed above.
Produced and performed in Music Medicine, in 2005 at the El Sawy Culture Wheel in Cairo, the first concert for peace ever held in a Muslim country with musicians and dancers from the USA (Scott Huckabay, Willow Chang), Europe (Svemir Branko), Iraq (Naseer Shama), Manal Mohei El-Din (Turkey) and Rahalla (Egypt).
Appeared as guest singer and crystal bowl and didjeridoo player, 2006 – 2009, with Fathy Salama and his Sharkiat Band, Trygve Seim and Source at concerts in Cairo at Beit el-Harrawy, the Cairo Opera House and the Goethe Institut.
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.
Studied with the wisdom keeper Abdel Hakim Awyan of Giza, and prepared and assisted with his lectures at the Walters Museum in Baltimore (2006).
Creator of Hermes 3 website, the Universal Festival Calendar, The Rain on the Nile and other holistic theatre works under the aegis of The Play of Freedom other projects in spiritual evolution and ceremonial art and performance.
2. Theatre and Other Performances
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.
Extensive theatre work at Diamond Head Theatre, Kumu Kahua, The Arts at Marks, Windward Community Theatre, Leeward Community College and other venues. Numerous TV, narration and commercial credits.
Alliance for Drama Education, Honolulu, Hawaii,1998 – 2003: taught dozens of residencies at elementary and high schools in Oahu in the Getting Dramatic! Program, to teach confidence, poise and communication skills through theatre exercises and improvisations
3. Spirit Journeys and Sacred Sound Work
Was chief Tour Coordinator and Master of Ceremonies for the Makua Lani Ocean Adventures project and Real Hawaii Tours, 2003 – 2005. 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.
Dolphin Communication, 1994 – 1995: Led four groups from Japan to swim with wild dolphins and conduct dolphin healing experiments in Oahu. 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.
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 was featured at events in Kyoto, Japan; Sedona, Arizona and the Whole Life Expo in Los Angeles, as well as in numerous Hawaii events, including The Frequency of Love with temple dancer Solara Zakeli (1996) and The Harmonic Concordance (2003) with sound healing pioneer Jonathan Goldman at Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church.
Was ritual theatre director, festival priest and clown at Solstice and Equinox Festivals by Hawaii Fire Tribe; played the roles of Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter, Pan, the Green Man and the Top Banana of the Sun (2000 – 2003)
“How to Play the Millennium” (1999), special multimedia lecture series on prophecy and divination, Honolulu, Hawaii
Japan (1984 – 1995)
1. Theatre and Music Performance and Production
Founder and artistic director of Sirius Productions theatre company in Kyoto, Japan. Production highlights:
Original Productions: 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); The Cat and the Moon, with music design by Mark Wilcox; Rock ‘n’ Roll Kyogen
Tour Productions by Visiting Companies: Gulliver’s Travels by the Lords of Misrule (1991) and Wizard of Jazz by TNT Theatre (1992), both sponsored by the British Council; A Night in Havana, Japan tour by Cuban musicians and Dancers, produced by Dentsu (1993); the Rain Forest music group of Edinburgh and Count Basie Orchestra Japan tour, both sponsored by NHK-TV (1994).
Appeared as actor and fight director in productions by other ensembles. Highlights: Going Up? (1984),Beauty Bare (1985) and `Mid Hell Smoke (1986), Parnassus Dancetheatre Productions; Curious Fish by Katsura Kan (1988) Macbeth by the London Stage Company (1989); f/f Parasite by Sigeyuki Toshima (1991); Saitama with Issey Ogata by NHK-TV (1994).
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.
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.
Assisted director Peter Brook with Kyoto Prize theatre lecture/demonstrations (1994).
2. International Conferences
Stage manager and announcer of The Kyoto Global Forum, chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev; master of ceremonies at the Conference on Ecological Responsibility: A Dialogue with Buddhism, convened by H. H. the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, India.
Wrote columns on theatre for the Mainichi Daily News, Asahi Evening News and Kansai Time Out; contributed occasional pieces to the Daily Yomiuri the Japan Times; Kyoto Journal and Tokyo Journal; covered Japanese theatre for American Theatre, High Performance,Metropolitan Opera News, Edinburgh Festival Souvenir; Winds (Japan Airlines) and Hong Kong
New York (1966 – 1984)
Theatre (1974 – 1984)
Highlight acting credits: Scaramouche (as Commedia Scaramouche), Encompass Theatre; Unseen Pigeons, The Arabian Nights and The Three Musketeers, Chameleon Theatrix Productions; The Cherry Orchard, directed by Gary Filsinger; Mrs. Warren’s Profession,directed by Terry Dudley; The Bear and The Jubilee, directed by Katherine Sergava; Jazz Evangel, with David Simons, at La Mama ETC; Baby Island, directed by Jorie MacKinnon, WBAI Radio.
Independent and industrial films, radio plays, voiceovers and commercials. Detailed credits available on request.
Ph. D. in Literature and Drama, Columbia University, New York (1974).
M. A., 18th Century Literature, Columbia University (1967)
B. A., Literature/Drama, Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Missouri (1966). Awarded Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship for graduate study at Columbia
Fluent in Japanese and Spanish
Resume last updated: Aug. 4, 2016