Another nominee for the Living on the Earth Award: Jeff Gere. His bio says it better than I ever could, so here it is:
Jeff Gere blends talents as painter, puppeteer, and mime, into performances which have electrified Hawaii and mainland audiences of every age for twenty years. Jeff’s animated physical energy, wide range of voices, morphing elastic face and clear characterizations make his shows unforgettable events. Jeff becomes his stories!
Jeff is the Honolulu Parks Department’s Drama Specialist. He directs the Talk Story Festival, Hawaii’s biggest storytelling celebration. He creates/hosts Talk Story Radio, a weekly Pacific storytelling show. Born on Halloween, Jeff has three ‘Haunted Hawaii’ CDs of true supernatural tales. Recent tours include Arizona, Hong Kong, Vancouver and Turkey.
Jeff’s repertoire is voluminous. His Arabian Nights Series ran 18 months in Honolulu’s Chinatown. He creates shadow puppet shows. Jeff tells to thousands of Oahu park kids each summer. Commissions include interpreting Egyptian mythology, and becoming Van Gogh’s Ghost. His ‘Art Off the Wall” Series interpreted The Contemporary Museum exhibits for three years.