Creators


Click the links below to learn more about the Co-Directors of Telephone:

HEATHER SHAW

KRISHNA WASHBURN


HEATHER SHAW: CO-DIRECTOR

Photo credit: Kavan Lake
Image description: A close up headshot of Heather (female, long brown hair, green eyes) with a black background.  Her facial expression is serious/pensive and she wears a black tank.

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

Photo credit: Krishna Washburn & Micaela Mamede
Image description: Krishna, a thin, pale skinned woman with long dark hair pulled into a braid, poses on a studio stage. She is wearing a simple white dress with her shoulders exposed and a fluffy white headdress perched on her forehead and wrapping down her braid. She looks over her left shoulder as she lightly holds a straight cane between her hands and points her left foot behind her. 

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 Christine Washburn has performed with many leading dance companies including Jill Sigman’s thinkdanceInfinity Dance TheaterHeidi Latsky DanceMarked Dance Project, and LEIMAY

Krishna has collaborated with many independent choreographers, including Patrice Milleriele paloumpisPerelVangelineMicaela MamedeApollonia 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