Sound Circle Eurythmy founders David-Michael and Glenda Monasch are dedicated to broadening the profile of eurythmy as a performing art in the wider community, expanding its reach beyond the Waldorf school circles in which it is most often at home. Through a variety of modest and more extensive performance projects, as well as public classes and the professional training program, they seek to make eurythmy more accessible to wider audiences, while still always seeking to be true to its roots and traditions. Both David-Michael and Glenda currently serve as Directors on the SCE Board.
The Sound Circle Eurythmy Board of Directors meets monthly and plays a vital role in promoting the mission of SCE. Currently serving as SCE Board President is Thyria Ogletree, SCE Ensemble eurythmist and Shining Mountain Waldorf School eurythmy instructor. Dana Sher, who fell in love with eurythmy upon taking a public eurythmy class, is the SCE Board Secretary and currently also holds the role of Treasurer until a new Treasurer is elected. Rounding out the Board of Directors is Lisa Lindsey, with a background in art and education, and who often does lighting for SCE eurythmy performances.
David-Michael Monasch is a eurythmist, actor-director, juggler-clown, and father/husband. He holds a BFA in Theater from the University of Minnesota (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and a diploma from the Academy for Eurythmic Art at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. For many years, he performed and taught eurythmy, juggling, and theater in almost every conceivable situation in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and throughout Europe, where he lived from 1976-1989. As a core member of the British-based Ashdown Eurythmy from 1983-87, he performed widely in the UK and throughout Europe.
From 1989 until 2003, David-Michael lived in Seattle, where he was a founding member of Threshold Ensemble (a Playback Theatre company), and where he worked with various theater and dance companies. He also taught at Antioch University Seattle, at all of the Waldorf schools in Washington State, and was a founding faculty member of Sound Circle Center for the Arts and Anthroposophy. With his wife Glenda, he co-founded Sound Circle Eurythmy, which ran Intensive Course for adults and a part-time eurythmy training from 1997 – 2004. Under the name Moving Stories, he offered a variety of short courses and workshops, employing many of his fields of expertise.
Based in Boulder, CO since 2003, he has taught eurythmy, drama and various other subjects at Sound Circle Eurythmy, at Tara Performing Arts High School and other Colorado Waldorf Schools, and in various locations around the country. David-Michael served on the Council of the Eurythmy Association of North America from 2003-2008. He currently devotes his time to the SCE 4 Year Professional Training, the Sound Circle Eurythmy Ensemble and has begun making frequent trips to Mexico to help in the development of eurythmy and Waldorf Education throughout the country.
Glenda Monasch grew up in South Africa surrounded by the song and rhythmic dances of the cultures around her. She sought this playful “sounding” life first in the profession of the kindergarten teacher and then as a eurythmist. She holds a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education from Witwatersrand University, South Africa. From 1975-77 she attended Emerson College in England, where she completed the Foundation Year (with a special project in puppetry) and the first year of her eurythmic studies. She holds a eurythmy diploma from the Academy of Eurythmic Art at the Goetheanum (Lea van der Pals) in Switzerland. She has many years of performing experience, including four years as a core member of Ashdown Eurythmy UK, touring widely in the UK and throughout Europe. She has worked extensively teaching eurythmy to all ages and abilities: in the London School of Eurythmy, in kindergartens and Waldorf Schools, curative communities, public courses, Sound Circle Eurythmy for Arts and Anthroposophy (Seattle) and in summer programs at Rudolf Steiner College and the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training in California.
Glenda is also a therapeutic eurythmist, having received her diploma from the English Curative Eurythmy Training in 1994. From 1989 to 2003 she lived in Seattle, WA, where she taught at the Seattle Waldorf School, and was on the founding faculty of Sound Circle Center for Arts and Anthroposophy, teaching in its Early Childhood and Foundation Year programs. In 2003, Glenda moved with her family to Boulder, CO, where she has taught eurythmy and related courses at Tara Performing Arts High School and Shining Mountain Waldorf School, and was director of the remedial services at the latter.
She also maintains a private therapeutic eurythmy practice, and is currently a resident therapeutic eurythmist for the International Physician’s Training in Anthroposophical Medicine and the Lifeways Training in Colorado. She continues her adult eurythmy work as Artistic Co-Director of Sound Circle Eurythmy with public eurythmy classes, the Sound Circle Eurythmy training, and performances with the SCE Eurythmy Ensemble. She continues her teaching in the summer at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training’s annual summer seminar.
Thyria Ogletree has been teaching eurythmy at Shining Mountain Waldorf School for the past twelve years. She has also served the school in other capacities such as: member of the Governance Council, chair of the College of Teachers, Lower School Chair and long time College member. Her two children attended Shining Mountain and she was active as a parent volunteer. Thyria also helped open PanAsia Fusion, a local restaurant. She grew up on a wheat farm in the Oklahoma Panhandle and maintains an interest in the running of the family farm. Her other interests include reading, music, drama and hiking. Thyria is a member of the Sound Circle Eurythmy Ensemble.
Dana holds a Master Degree in teaching from Columbia University Teachers College and for a number of years she taught English for Speakers of Other Languages. She is a Registered Nurse and a Reiki Master who teaches Reiki and offers private sessions. Her love of Waldorf education has led her to enroll in Waldorf Teacher Training while also serving as White Dove Kindergarten Assistant at Shining Mountain Waldorf School. A few years ago, she had the good fortune to take the adult eurythmy classes with Glenda Monasch at SMWS and a love affair with eurythmy was born. Dana currently delights in taking eurythmy with the White Dove kindergarten students every week taught by Thyria Ogletree.
Lisa Louise Lindsey is by profession a teacher of art for children. She quickly discovered that she didn’t have to be teaching art but enjoyed her days best when they were spent around children (and their parents.) After gaining a university degree in education from CSU and teaching in the American school system, she moved to Switzerland where she learned French, discovered the Alps, married and raised two very funny children. There she also discovered Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf education and Eurythmy! She has spent the past 20 years finding out everything she could about this amazing approach! These days she get her ‘art’ fix by designing and running lights for theater, dance and eurythmy performances. In 2005 she had the honor to be invited to speak on movement and brain development at the United Nations in Geneva Switzerland. She has written articles and publications in Switzerland and in the U.S. on childrearing and development.