My name is Faith Helma, and I’m a creative guide, performance artist, teacher and coach.
I come from a theater background, which means I’m schooled in the art of empathy and world building. I have over 15 years of experience working with groups and leading creative expeditions. I know how to build trust amongst strangers, make space for vulnerability and strength, and plan for the unexpected.
For years, I created plays from scratch with Portland’s “innovative, process-driven” Hand2Mouth Theatre. I co-founded the company, created over 20 shows with them, led physical and vocal training, wrote music, toured shows around the country and taught workshops for actors, singers and theater creators. I taught them how to fully use their bodies and voices, tap into their creative impulses and enter into that elusive state some call stage presence (and I call magic).
Then I burned out, stepped back, had a kid and in the midst of all that sea change, realized what I really wanted to do: shake paradigms, build new worlds and awaken sleeping creativity.
That’s what I’ve been doing ever since.
I work with people who want to get in touch with their creative spark. Who loved to draw or dance or sing or climb trees or make blanket forts as a kid. Who love sci-fi and fantasy and getting lost in a good book, and who get that imagining new worlds is a powerful tool.
“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