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About Rainbow Rep

DANIEL ROMANO is a puppeteer, a storyteller, a teacher and a folklorist. He has performed at the International Institute's Festival of Nations, Fair St. Louis, the Catawba Farm Fest in Virginia and at schools, libraries and centers throughout the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. Blaque Berry Puppets, Daniel's puppet theater, was formed seven years ago and performs traditional folk tales and original stories. He has told Irish legends, tales from the Western Frontier and African-American folk tales with Angata!, a West African Drum and Dance ensemble, for the last 18 years. He teaches art residencies in local schools with Pre-k to Eighth Grade Students for Springboard, a local arts education agency. He has a BA in education with emphasis on early childhood that he earned at Webster University.

SANDRA URE GRIFFIN is an author, artist, illustrator and puppeteer. Her first book is EARTH CIRCLES. As a Springboard Teacher in the St. Louis City Schools, she has helped more than 2500 children make their own picture books! Her second and third books (ONLY ONE WISH and BIG AND LITTLE ABC) were published in 2007 and 2015. She has been an active member of Blaque Berry Puppets since 2012. Sandra’s creative work reflects our relationships to each other and our planet. She believes that our most important tasks are taking care of Mother Earth and learning to live peacefully with one another. It is her hope that her art, writing and puppeteering can help with these tasks.

SKY KINGSLAND is a percussionist, teacher, and a licensed massage therapist. He has played and taught West African rhythms for a number of years. He has studies in Mali, West Africa among other places.