Who? Yesterday and Today.

Theatre Amoeba is a vibrant multi-disciplinary physical theatre ensemble committed to dynamic performance, social and educational development projects. We are internationally based with past and present members from Korea, Japan, Lebanon, USA, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, Morocco and England. 

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Denise Rinehart (Wisconsin, USA)-  Denise has performed and directed throughout the world including USA, England, France, Indonesia, South Korea, Philippines and Poland.  She is the founder and artistic director of Theatre Amoeba.  Aside from Amoebas residency, educational and theatre projects, Denise's pedagogical projects have included  teaching Acro Gioco at Helikos International School of Creation where she spent her third "Lecoq based Pedagogical Year" working with Master teacher Giovanni Fusetti and continues to work as a pedagogical assistant in the winter months (2012,2013). Presently Denise works as a Full-time Theatre Professor at Cheongju University, South Korea where she teaches movement and Lecoq based theatre. Denise received her BFA in her native Wisconsin, USA followed by a MA-ed in International Education (EFL) in Poland and her MFA- Master of Fine Arts in Lecoq Devised Theatre at The London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA).

​​Sarah Liane Foster (Portland, USA)-  trained in physical theatre and clown at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, at the Celebration Barn Theatre, and with Giovanni Fusetti.  She creates, performs, and teaches clown and physical theatre in Portland, around the United States, and internationally.  She has created six original movement-based theatre shows with the Nomadic Theatre Co. in Portland.  Sarah is now part of the teaching team at Scuola Internazionale di Creazione Teatrale in Florence, Italy where she teaches movement and acrobatic play. She enjoys walking on stilts, eating ice cream, and playing the trombone.

Gwendolyn Rooker (Philadelphia, USA)- received a BA in Theatre from San Francisco State University, and holds a Certificate of Training from The Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theatre. She grew up in Arizona and California. Now she resides in Philadelphia, PA where she works as an actor, creates and performs puppet shows, and plays coronet and guitar in the band, Acres of Diamonds. Gwen also serves on the board of a physical theatre company called Tribe of Fools. She has volunteered for Clowns Without Borders since 2006 and helped found and organize CWB USA Project: Egypt. Since then, she has returned to Egypt five times, performed in Louisiana, Sudan, Kenya, Colombia, and Haiti in order to provide laughter for children living within communities in crisis. Gwen always keeps chocolate in her pocket.​

Anne Marie Guzzo  (Wyoming, USA)- Her compositions have been heard at numerous festivals, including the Cortona Sessions for New Music, Cortona, Italy, performed by DuoSolo and her music for Theatre Amoeba's "Ci Piacciamo" was premiered at the Made In Woman festival in Bologna, Italy in June 2010. The Adzel Duo commissioned and performed Guzzo’s new duo, Color of Honey, in their Carnegie Hall recital in June 2010. Her music has also been heard at the American Composers’ Forum New Music Salon in Minneapolis,  the ArtPoint Festival near Frankfurt Germany in 2009, the 2007 International Cello Encounter in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium (OBFCS) performed by New York new music ensemble, Fireworks.  Passionate about contemporary music, Guzzo directs New Frontiers, a yearly festival of new music at the University of Wyoming where she also teaches theory and composition.  Guzzo earned her Ph.D. in theory and composition from the University of California, Davis. 

Marcus Quiniones (Hawaii, USA)- After finishing the two year Lecoq actor created theatre program at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), Marcus moved to Minneapolis, doing a remount production with the Guthrie Theater and Theater MU -the Midwest's foremost pan-Asian performing arts organization- entitled “Circle around the Island”, a full length piece he wrote, directed, and choreographed which he originally performed in 1999.  He has taught movement and theater for various groups including the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, the Guthrie Theater, and the University of Minnesota.    Marcus also joined theatre Amoeba on the “Movement in Morocco” tour as both as a performer, musician and a teacher.  Marcus presently is based in Hawaii where he is one of the founders of Samadhi Hawaii, an Aerial Dance Performance Troupe. He also teaches and performs Hawaiian dance, is involved in the growing of local agriculture and he loves the water.

Sabine Choucair (Beirut, Lebanon)- 

Studied in the Lebanese university of Fine arts and then at London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) and Desmond Jones School of Physical Theatre London.  Throughout her studies, Sabine performed in different plays in Lebanon and abroad.  Along with her Mexican colleague Gabriela Munoz, she gives clown workshops through “Clown me in” (www.clownmein.com).  Sabine has also been working with drug addicts, marginalized communities, and youth who live in difficult situations giving storytelling and clown workshops.  Sabine has also started a digital video project in Palestinian camps with Al-Jana organization www.al-jana.org. The main goal is to share, record, and value stories from their lives, in ways that promote artistic expression, health and well being, and justice. Born and raised in Lebanon, during the war and post war, Sabine found that arts and theater were her only remedy and they helped her a lot in overcoming fear and distress caused by war. Since then, she decided to share her experience with everyone.

Robin Guiver (London, England)-  is a talented mask maker and deviser and has a strong background in the martial arts.  Presently he is performing in "War Horse" at The National Theatre of London (http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/warhorse) as well as a performer with the National Theatre's education department and the city ambassadors group (working with young refugees) on a new play called 'feathers in the snow' by Philip Ridley.  He is also one of the founders of Swazzled Theatre in London where he is involved with the development of his physical project based on the British puppet show "Punch and Judy". Robin joined theatre Amoeba on the “Movement in Morocco” tour as both as a performer and a teacher.   In 2006 he completed the Advanced-Lecoq based actor created theatre program at LISPA.

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