Sandy Spieler is an artist and activist. She has focused on Water for many years, most recently leading audiences into discovery of Water quantity, quality and ownership issues through the investigation of their own drinking Water. Beginning with a deep reverence and gratitude for Water, she initiated the multi-year “Invigorate the Common Well” with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. She is presently using art, research, and common sense as a way to inspire and instill a new era of Water stewardship for a vast and diverse public – cheerleading ALL of us at the Headwaters of the Mississippi to own our responsibility for the Water that presently becomes a dead zone at the Gulf of Mexico.
In this workshop, Sandy relays her passion for the health of our water through her work with puppetry, community, and pageantry.
Sandy Spieler is a sculptor, painter, graphic artist, performer, theatre director, teacher and perpetual student. Her work includes tiny suitcase shows, main stage productions, public art commissions, residencies/collaborations in communities, streetscape designs, schools and universities, and 30 years of work about Water. She is one of the founders of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and served as its Artistic Director for 40 years. She is the director/midwife of the Annual Mayday Parade and Ceremony involving thousands of participants in her diverse urban home community in Minneapolis and has also directed epic ritual performances in South Korea, Los Angeles, and the Dominican Republic, as well as sites throughout the Minnesota. For 30 years Sandy has created work about Water, including the on-going, multi-faceted initiative “Invigorate The Common Well”. She is currently wondering what it means to enact a “theatre of inter-being.”
Sandy holds an MA of Cultural Performance from Bristol University England, studied puppetry arts at Bread and Puppet Theatre and at NYU. She’s grateful for supportive awards over the years including two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence and the 2014 “Distinguished Artist of the Year” from the McKnight Foundation. Her website: sandyspieler.com