Each production draws on a range of local talent to contribute to costuming, sets and performance.
Kathryn Oliver

Kathryn Oliver, founder and artistic director of Terra Diddle Collective, is a visual artist and playwright. Throughout her art, Kathryn strives to evoke a transformational storytelling possibility. Inspired to expand art beyond the walls of the home and into our shared communities, she creates vibrant visuals of large puppetry, painted stage sets and costumery, bringing a joy of story and art to Terra Diddle Collective's workshops and performances. Kathryn is also a professional painter and sculptor showing her work throughout the Midcoast Maine area.

"As an artist, I seek to integrate art and community. I believe that art both strengthens a community and enlivens individuals. Through the universal language of myth, animated by visuals, music and dance we can awaken imagination and cultivate a place where miracles become ordinary; inspiring and transforming our everyday lives."
Kristi Williamson

Kristi Williamson is dedicated to bridging the disciplines of performance and healing arts. Creative expression, world culture, and conscious evolution are the foundational elements of her work. She holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Syracuse University, followed by a decade of Yoga and Dance studies. She has intimately worked and trained with dance pioneer Anna Halprin of Tamalpa Institute and both studied and works with author of Art and Yoga, Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa. She has most recently been working in the Bay Area as a yoga teacher and performing artist. Kristi has danced professionally with an Afro-Brazilian contemporary dance company in San Francisco and with Anna Halprin's performance lab. She is passionate about exploring archetypes through movement and has trained in depth with Rosangela Silvestre and Vera Pasos in Salvador, Brazil. The past three winters, Kristi has spent in Kolkata, India working with survivors of human trafficking, victims of sex slavery, offering movement based expressive art workshops. In Maine, she has taught, directed and performed transformational theater with both children and adults with Terra Diddle Collective.

"Transformational theater is a beautiful art of creative expression. The art, song, dance, melodies and sacred movement are all meant to evoke, joy, magic and celebration. Through connecting with the elements of earth, water, fire and air, we enable the children to experience the natural rhythms of creativity."
Shana Bloomstein

Shana Bloomstein is delighted to join the Terra Diddle Collective: The Earth Maiden this year and deeply touched by the children and creative process of the Collective. She is a dancer/improvisational artist with studies in traditional Africandance; here in ME as a child, NYC and Senegal, West Africa. She studied/performed with Nia Love in NYC for 4 yrs. She produces the annual show:Women's Works in Belfast, ME. She works at Kno-wal-lin as a PTA and privately as an LMT. She teaches yoga, movement, and choreography and is inspired by all things that deepen the connection to our inner wisdom and support the creative growth of our communities.

Robin Horty

Robin Horty costume designer. Robin is a professional gardener, poet, wife, mother and grandmother to three wonderful little girls. She is creator of The Home Place Fairies and The Fairy School Workshops at Home Place Farm, a series of creative explorative workshops for children combining art with horticulture and fairy lore in a garden setting.

Seamstress to the fairies, Robin creates wearable gardens in the form of costumes that lend a magical touch to this year's Terra Diddle production of "The Earth Maiden."

Max McFarland

Max McFarland is a fifth generation musician. Starting on a Fretless four string electric bass he worked his string count from 5 to 7 and is now a Double Bass and 11 String Electric Bass player. With influences from Frank Zappa to Chopin, Max has worked in many projects spanning many various genres. Never satisfied with his playing he is an avid practice enthusiast and instrumental Bass composer.

William Giordano

William Giordano, born in Franklin, MA, is a baker and at the traditional wood-fired bakery Tinder Hearth on the Blue Hill peninsula. He is a student in the Master of Fine Arts program in Intermedia at the University of Maine where his combined musical and agricultural background has brought his performances and exhibitions to non-traditional environments such as schools, farms and historic cultural landscapes througout Maine and Penobscot Bay. He is a member of the West Brooksville folk ensemble the Living Daylight, the indie group O Deer and has performed with the LEAP Dance Theater.

Jordan Messan Benissan

Jordan is a member of the Ewe People. He was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals. He received his traditional music training from several West African master drummers. Jordan has taught and performed for all levels, from elementary school through college level, and teaches at Colby College. Some of his performances include an opening show for the West African drummer Babatunde Olatunji, a performance for a national NAACP Conference and performances for the Mayo Clinic's Multicultural Program. Benissan has performed traditional African drumming and Highlife music with master drummer Obo Addy at Colby College, and with the Portland Symphony orchestra.