My name is Faith Helma, and I’m a creative guide, performance artist, teacher and coach.
I come from a theater background, schooled in the art of empathy and world building. I have over 15 years of experience working with groups, leading creative expeditions and making people laugh. I know how to build trust amongst strangers, make space for vulnerability and strength, and plan for the unexpected.
I was a co-founder of Portland’s “innovative, process-driven” Hand2Mouth Theatre. I created over 20 shows with them, wrote music, toured shows and taught workshops for actors, students, professionals and beginners in how to move, sing and create original theater.
Nowadays I am still passionate about creative exercises, theatrical magic and heightened states. But after going through my own transformation process of burning out, having kids, hitting walls, experiencing sea change, reinventing myself and my dreams and doing things I never thought I could do — my focus is now on finding creative theatrical poetry in everyday life and waking us up to that urge to create and dream and imagine that flickers in all of us.
“Helma, in her light electric blue sateen jumpsuit, makes solemn transitions from curious, to lost, quixotic, despairing, raging, tender, intellectual; all framed by the important idea that the quest, no matter how small or unknown, is at the heart of the living experience.” – Christa Morletti McIntyre, Oregon Arts Watch