Growing up in California Pioneer family San Francisco, Lillian Myers is an activist, educator, clown and designer. Lillian holds a BFA in performance and Education from Naropa, a Contemplative Buddhist University, fusing Eastern and Western theater, with the conviction that mindfulness is the avant guard of entertainment. Born and raised in San Francisco, Myers live in a diverse community of people who span from Jewish, Chinese and Mexican to the LGBTQIA.
As an altruistic activist and performance arts educator, Myers’s works in the performing arts with at-risk youth in vulnerable situations. She is a touring company member of Performers Without Borders, a social circus education non-profit based in London, England. She is also a member of America’s Association for the Children, working to to bring funds and education to people inhabiting the landfills of Managua and Jalapa, Nicaragua.
She has studied drama therapy, sacred and red nose clowning, and contemplative Buddhist theater practices. In addition, Myers studied painting under female Tibetan Thangka masters in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Myers teaches improvisation, theater of the oppressed, story-theater, Tibetan painting, improvisational theater and public speaking to high school students in private high schools in San Francisco.
At one time or another, you can find her as red nose soldier clown in a piece about the Israeli/Palestinian war at regional fringe festivals, or devising a late night show entitled Gay Fantasia about HIV and Harvey Milk, featuring the AIDS quilt. Myers believes theater has a magical power to show both the actor and the audience a sublime paradox: being physically, emotionally, psychologically aware and free while at the same time being controlled by context. Theater is a necessary medium for developing critical thinking, communication, creativity and self esteem.
Myers’s notable prop credits include Stravinsky’s Fire Bird with Hand Spring Puppet Theater Company (South Africa) touring to such venues at the Hollywood Bowl, Alice in Wonderland in Yosemite National Park, A Military Clown Production at the Boulder Fringe festival. Myers is a holds a BFA in performance art from Naropa University, the only Buddhist University in North America.
Myers is based in Sonoma County, northern California, and is available for teaching, workshops and performances.