Members of the Leaders Circle are graduates of or in the process of completing the InterPlay Leader Training Program. We are committed to sharing the ideas and practices of InterPlay in a variety of settings and forms.
Life Practice Program Leader (LPL) offers the InterPlay Life Practice Program here in our area.
Certified InterPlay Leaders (CL) have completed the leader certification process. See a list of classes and events coming up soon, that are offered by area Certified Leaders.
InterPlay Leaders in Training (LIT) are in the leader certification process. Learn more about leadership training.
The Leaders Circle is open to those who have completed the InterPlay Leader Training Program or who are in the process of completing that Program. They are committed to sharing the ideas and practices of InterPlay in a variety of settings and forms.
- Life Practice Program Leader (LPL) offers the InterPlay Leadership Program in their geographical area.
- Certified InterPlay Leader (CL) have completed the leader certification process.
- InterPlay Leader in Training (LIT) are in the leader certification process.
Ingrid Hurlen is a Certified InterPlay Leader (since 1997) and Creative Dance teacher/workshop facilitator. She has a BA in Drama from Lone Mountain College. With InterPlay Seattle founder, Krista Harris, she co-led two InterPlay leadership programs and co-led two Life Practice Programs with Sharie Bowman. She has trained with the Dance for PD program at the Mark Morris Dance Center, using movement and storytelling with elders with mobility issues. After re-locating to New Mexico, she teaches parent/child and preschool creative dance classes at the Railyard Performance Center, Dragonfly School and The Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences. She is also an experienced dance and theater performer. She produced the 2000 Seattle "Unbelievable Beauty of Being Human" concert with Wing It! Performance Ensemble and over 40 InterPlayers from around the country. She is currently cultivating a small group of InterPlayers in Santa Fe. Ingrid works with improvisational dance musician Eric Chappelle to create meaningful and fun InterPlay experiences.
Sharie Bowman, MA is a Mental Health Counselor and Regional InterPlay Leader. She has been leading InterPlay since 2004 and has co-led five Life Practice Programs. She is particularly intrigued with the potential InterPlay has to support people to create healthier lives by following the wisdom of their bodies and taking the lead in their own lives. In her private practice she regularly weaves InterPlay’s life-enhancing forms and philosophies to help individuals and families thrive. For over 20 years, she has been exploring the wisdom of the body through a variety of modalities including InterPlay, Authentic Movement, Core-Energetics, and Biodynamic Psychotherapy.
Deanna Murray discovered more than ten years ago the value of InterPlay in her life as a woman, as a minister, and as a spiritual director. Deanna began participating in a weekly playgroup in Minneapolis. Since that time, she moved to the Seattle area and is now a graduate of the Seattle-based InterPlay Leadership Program. She says, "InterPlay is a life giving spiritual practice which brings me into the 'moment', opens me to a playful approach to life, and grounds me in my own body wisdom." Deanna has been playing with the tools of InterPlay since 1995, leading small and large groups, introducing movement and play in retreat settings, and inviting embodiment in worship. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, a spiritual director and a local pastor of a renewing congregation on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Often Deanna leads play groups at WomanSpirit, a lovely retreat center on Cougar Mountain in Issaquah, Washington.
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Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ in 1988 Laurie has served as Pastor of Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle since 1991.
In 1995 she began leading InterPlay classes in Seattle. In 1997 she created SpiritPlay (melding InterPlay with worship forms and spiritual practice) for clergy, spiritual leaders and seekers. Since then she has taught Secrets of InterPlay and the InterPlay Leadership Program.
Laurie loves to write, weave, sing, weed her garden, read, create prayer beads, and design large scale church art.
In addition to her work as Pastor, Laurie also serves at Seattle University as liturgical coordinator for seminary students of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) attending the School of Theology and Ministry.
Betsey Beckman, MM is nationally acclaimed as liturgical dancer, storyteller, teacher of SpiritPlay and dancing Spiritual Director. With her extensive background in performance, movement therapy, ministry and InterPlay, she is regularly featured as artist/presenter at national conventions as well as local churches. Betsey’s most recent publications integrate InterPlay in a variety of ways. Two of her DVD's The Dancing Word: Mary Magdalene, and The Creation feature riveting performances and also include participatory InterPlay workshops to break open the scriptural stories with embodiment. Betsey's co-authored book, Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction, offers numerous InterPlay exercises for integrating into soul-care ministries. Betsey offers the gift of playful improvisation whenever possible!
Julia McKay, MA, MDiv is a cultural creative who readily draws on her 30 years of life-experience as a Unitarian Universalist minister, music educator, psychotherapist, activist, and InterPlay leader. Julia was trained in Oakland, CA (2004-05) by the founders of InterPlay and has been enthusiastically incorporating InterPlay forms into a wide variety of workshops and retreats ever since. Julia is most passionate about freeing the soul by providing opportunities for people to live from their authentic nature and bring their innate gifts forward to serve the world. Julia believes that InterPlay?s powerful and holistic body-centered life practices are essential to enhancing our deepest ways of knowing.
Alive to the interconnectivity of all beings, I am humbled to play my part in the name of LOVE. YAY for INTERPLAY!!
Krista loves moving and playing with people. She is a gifted teacher and master InterPlay leader who has a long history of inspiring people to find more joy, ease, and wisdom in being bodies. Krista has been leading InterPlay since 1993. She is one of the original InterPlay pioneers who helped create InterPlay communities and Life Practice Programs outside the Bay area. Krista has an M.F.A. in Dance and is certified in both Laban Movement Analysis and InterPlay. Authentic Movement, Insight Meditation and Shibashi QiGong also inform and enrich her life and work. Krista has been an advocate for both deepening the experience of stillness in InterPlay and for bringing more playfulness into her meditation communities. Along with other InterPlayers, Krista is beginning to explore how the InterPlay tools and forms can be used to support social action education and change. 2131 NW 93rd St Seattle, WA 98117 United States Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 206/784-8030
Elizabeth Mendana, MFA, is a member of the InterPlay-based Wing It! Performance Ensemble in Oakland, CA and is an international InterPlay leader and performer. She is versed in dance, theatre, and stage wisdom with a special gift for caring about people and art at the same time. The San Francisco Chronicle has called her dancing "Stunning" and "Hypnotic". She has performed with several San Francisco choreographers as well as presenting her own creative work with her company Mendana Productions. She has recently relocated to Seattle where she hopes to continue creating performance art, teach Pilates, and make a home.
Harriet Platts, MS, MDiv, MA is committed to nurturing relationships and spaces for curiosity, play, and reflection! She trained as an IP leader in Seattle with Krista Gemmell Harris and Rev. Laurie Rudel, in 2003 – 2004. As a process facilitator, she supported a group of core Seattle InterPlay leaders through a time of regional leadership transition, 2003 – 2006. She co-led the Seattle Life Practice program in 2013-2014, with Sharie Bowman and Steve Condit. Harriet brings a depth of life experience as a chaplain (Protestant), group facilitator, artist, and teacher. By applying the InterPlay forms in diverse settings like team meetings and faith-based retreats, she continues to witness unfolding gifts of connection to the natural landscape of body, voice and spirit. She is a QUEST-ioning soul, always venturing aloud with her ‘wonderings,’ and generously offers an attentive, steadied, vivid presence with whomever she’s connected. For more information, see harrietplatts.com.
Lori VanderBilt enjoys the way Interplay helps her be more playful and lighthearted. As a leader, she finds that Interplay’s engaging improvisational forms, using movement, storytelling, and voice, and its body wisdom tools help people explore new ways of being and of connecting more deeply with their own wisdom. This inspires people to have more of the life they want. Lori is excited about offering other therapists and helping professionals the opportunity to unlock the wisdom of their bodies while supporting them in their personal and professional lives. Lori also enjoys teaching SpiritPlay--a playing with liturgical seasons, forms of worship and prayer, and spiritual practice. For 20 years, Lori worked as a counselor integrating spirituality into the work with her clients. Lori also loves to walk, and has practiced yoga for many years.
Diana teaches theatre at Whitworth University in Spokane Washington where she sneaks InterPlay into all of her classes. An award-winning director, Diana specializes in InterPlay for Performance, and has taught classes and workshops in Performance Techniques, InterPlay Storytelling and Speech-making, and InterPlay for Social Change. She is a gifted InterPlay story-teller who performs Big Body Stories wherever the opportunity presents itself, and is also a member of Spokane's Ashe Dance & Drum Ensemble,
Previously the artistic director of the urban outreach program, Moving in the Spirit , Leah Mann now co-directs Lelavision Physical Music . With her partner Ela Lamblin, she tours internationally, performing a hybrid genre combining kinetic music inventions animated through music and dance in simultaneity. She teaches movement, rhythm and instrument making from ordinary objects with a wide variety of populations from a base of improvisation informed primarily by the InterPlay technique.
Theron has been involved with InterPlay since about 2003, first in Seattle, WA and later in Oakland, CA as a member of the WingIt! Performance Ensemble. Back in the day, he performed as a modern dancer, aerialist, musician, actor and improviser. Now he occasionally plays one of his flutes with his toddler son Solomon.
Theron serves as Director of Development for InterPlay, coordinating fundraising and friendraising efforts throughout the InterPlay community. He loves fundraising because it’s a place where head, heart, community and action all intersect. He has worked in non-profit administration and fundraising since 1995, holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive.
Theron Shaw is also founder and principal of Theron Shaw Fundraising, where he helps non-profits with fundraising strategy and major gifts.
He lives with his wife Elizabeth, his son Solomon and their dog Bear on Vashon Island, near Seattle, Washington.