Gwen Ray has been performing as a puppeteer and storyteller in Tucson for the past 25 years. She enjoys sharing her childhood memories based upon her West Texas high plains origins. Her background includes professional training at the Puppet Centre and Norwich Puppet Theatre in England,L'Institut de La Marionettein France, and Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont. She has also been a solo performer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and has produced and directed children's television programming. Currently, she is madly in love with Alaska.

 

 

ODYSSEY STORYTELLING PHOTOS and BIOS

NOVEMBER 4, 2006 - "The Thing About Hair"

Tucson's Black Cat Ajia Simone: Well what can I say? I have been a performer in Tucson for about 11 years now. My new show is at Bumsteds on 4th ave. I am not a Drag Queen. A Drag Queen is a ugly ass man in a dress. I'm a gay man that loves every thing about a women. I also own a salon called Ahead of Style at 426 E. 9th.

Angelina Merritt has been a resident of Tucson for 19 years, originally hailing from Big Bear, California.  Having worked as an American Sign Language interpreter at Pima Community College and an Instructional Assistant at AZ Schools for the Deaf and Blind, she currently teaches English at a local high school.  She is also applying for graduate studies at UA to earn her Reading Specialist certification.  In her free time, she helps facilitate a Lesbian Support Group, sings in the choir at Water of Life, and rides with a LGBT motorcycle group.

C. Michael Woodward is a musician, writer, social justice advocate, computer geek, and entrepreneur. He is the lead singer in Tucson’s notorious rock and blues band, Too Much Information, which received the Runner Up nod for Best Cover Band at the 2006 Tucson Area Music Awards. A recovering Hoosier, Michael has called Tucson home for more than five years. He works at Wingspan as Program Coordinator of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance and is Co-Chair of the University of Arizona President’s LGBT Advisory Council. He has written or contributed to more than a dozen technical books including Create FrontPage 2002 Web Pages in a Weekend and Microsoft Outlook 2002 fast & easy.

Maya Asher is a Senior at the U of A, majoring in Special Education with a rehab counseling emphasis and in Creative Writing. She's planning on starting her Masters in Rehab Counseling in the Fall of 2007. She works with children that have developmental disabilities in the home. She also teaches Hatha yoga at the U of A rec center. She loves stories and folklore as well as poetry. She's one of the co-founding ladies of the Ocotillo Tucson Poetry Slam. She won her first poetry slam in September and hosted her first slam in October.

Sheila Wilensky is a journalist/assistant editor of the Arizona Jewish Post, a mother, a freelance writer/editor/researcher, a Kripalu DansKinetics instructor, a child of the 60's. She has been a high school social studies teacher armed with an M.A.T. degree, the owner of Oz Children's Bookstore, a political activist, a tap dancer, an adjunct at the College of the Atlantic, national co-chair of "The Most Important 20 minutes a Day: Read to a Child" project, a research assistant at the Harvard Business School, and an Elvis impersonator. Sheila has always had big hair, especially on Mount Desert Island, Maine, where she's from.