Click the links below to learn more about the Co-Directors of Telephone:
HEATHER SHAW: CO-DIRECTOR
With diverse experience as a choreographer, dancer, actor, curator and producer, Heather received her early training at Santa Cruz Ballet Theater and TDC of the Bay Area. After graduating high school at age 15 and gaining an AA in Music, she went on to receive her BA in Philosophy (with a Theater/Dance minor) from UC Berkeley at age 20.
Heather then danced professionally with MKM Bollystars and Daurden Contemporary Dance Theater in LA. She also lived in Israel, participating in the Vertigo International Dance Program. Heather was selected to be a Project Tier Choreographer at Regional Dance America’s NCI’20.
Additionally, Heather has served as Performing Arts Manager at the Oshman Family JCC, Director of Experience at Starcity, and Co-Curator of TEDxPaloAlto. She is currently a company dancer with ArcTangent Dance and the Artistic Director of Montage Contemporary Company.
More information at heathershaw.us
KRISHNA WASHBURN: CO-DIRECTOR
Krishna Christine Washburn is the director and teacher of Dark Room Ballet, a pre-professional dance curriculum designed for the educational needs of blind and visually impaired people, the only course of its kind in the English-speaking world.
Krishna holds a Masters of Education from Hunter College, a BA from Barnard College, and multiple certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine with a focus in biomechanics. Dark Room Ballet has been featured in USA Today (Green Bay Gazette, North Jersey News), BLOOM magazine, Speak Out for the Blind podcast, Eyes on Success podcast, and on Bloomberg Quicktake news.
Krishna has collaborated with many independent choreographers, including Patrice Miller, iele paloumpis, Perel, Vangeline, Micaela Mamede, Apollonia Holzer, and most notably with A. I. Merino, who especially created her signature role, Countess Erzsébet Bathory, and with whom she founded the artistic collective Historical Performances.
Krishna boasts several ongoing artistic collaborations, including work with wearables artist Ntilit (Natalia Roumelioti). Krishna is the Artistic Director of The Dark Room, a multi-disciplinary project with fellow visually impaired dancer, Kayla Hamilton.