Talkative Turtle & Other Tales
Robin Pease (Talkative Turtle's writer and performer) is Founder and Artistic Director of Kulture Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing arts and cultural awareness for kids of all ages using innovative, participatory, educational theatre programs, workshops, and residencies. In 2005, Robin received the annual 'Sunshine Award' from Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland as Best Roster Artist (selected from 75 Young Audiences Roster Artists). Pease has a BFA in theatre from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA in theatre from Case Western Reserve University. She is a member of AEA and AFTRA, has been the Director of Theater/Dance and instructor at several schools and institutes of higher learning, including Hiram College, Hawken School, Notre Dame College of Ohio, and Lakeland Community College. She has been the Artist-in-Residence at Hathaway Brown School and Laurel School. Robin has been Artist-in-Residence for the New Jersey and Nebraska State Arts Councils, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Pease is on the roster of artists for the Kennedy Center's Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative, Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland, The Beck Center for the Arts and is a presenter for Playhouse Square Center Education Department's 'Partners in Performance' series of workshops for teachers. Robin is a certified Theater Assessor for gifted and talented elementary school students for Project Start ID. Pease has presented at the Ohio Library Diversity Conference, sponsored by the Ohio Library Council, the Cleveland Association for the Education of Young Children Conference and the International Children's Games. She recently appeared in several productions of the statewide FROM HERE: A CENTURY OF VOICES IN OHIO, celebrating oral history of Ohio and produced by The Wallpaper Project with support of the Ohio Humanities Council. Robin received critical acclaim as the Mistress of Ceremonies for The 26th Annual Marilyn Bianchi Children's Playwriting Festival, the oldest such festival in the U.S. She directed the Brown Foundation and Washburn University's NOW LET ME FLY at Dobama Theater, as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Brown v. Board of Education decision abolishing separate but equal. In 2004, Pease received the 'Cleveland Community Healer Award' from 98.5 FM WNCX Classic Rock Radio (selected from 250 nominations that included doctors, social workers, activists, teachers, and artists). The award was presented to her by Andrew Dan-Jumbo, the carpenter from TLC's 'While You Were Out' TV show.