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Star of the Sea Studios is....

A theatrical production company based in the foothills of South Eastern Appalachia. We produce ceremonial theater in celebration of nature with fantastical puppets, masks, costumes, projected imagery and music engaging both the talents of professional and community performers alike.


A deep woods workshop and retreat space where individuals can explore the self through meaningful creative play.

Our Perspective....

Through conservation and nurture of our inner worlds we can begin to balance the unsustainable forces at work in the greater natural world - an inside-out approach to environmentalism. This is why the characters in our shows often embark on visionary journeys, overcome dark wild forces before finally gleaning some deep foundational wisdom to help them navigate a path through life.


Kathy Ford

Kathy Ford is a mother, spiritualist wild woman, puppeteer and theatrical artist. She has worked over the last 30 years as an artist "without borders." weaving her magic with K-12, collegiate, special education and women's communities alike. She has a deep respect and love for Earth based traditions which continue to inform and inspire her work profoundly.

She is currently working on a family of gnome puppets, a pair of praying mantis costumes and lively hive of bumblebees.

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Resume Highlights


Yale School of Drama

Studied Acting / Improvisation with Ted Forlow & Lawrence Catlitt

Studied Voice with Jack Gremli & Sheila Schonbrun

Studied Multiple Movement / Dance styles and techniques.

Freelance Technician

Boston Lyric Opera, Yale Repertory, The American Ballet, Playwright's Horizon, Manhattan Children's Museum


Rockland Center for the Arts, Blue Rock School, TheaterWorks USA, Hunter College, Rockland Community College, Long Island University


Toured with Paul Peabody Old-Fashioned Marionettes, Hudson Vagabond Puppets, All-American Bug Show, Kaleidoscope Clowns, Speak Easy Players - These included Artist Residencies



Alistair Burke

Alistair Burke is a photographer, digital artist, cook and Men's Group participant who has 15+ years of experience producing photography and film. He tries daily to balance time spent in the binary world of the computer arts by disappearing into the deep woods with his wife and 2 dogs. Currently he is working on a Photo Series "Appalachian Apparitions"

Resume Highlights


Metropolitan Opera Guild - Teacher Training

Hunter College BFA, Film and Television / Fine Arts

New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

Studied Voice with Sheila Schonbrun


Rockland Center for the Arts,

Blind Brook School District, Blue Rock School,

Long Island University - Guest Teaching Artist

Film / Photo / Video

Heifer International, Red Thread Productions, Stillwater Productions, Nickelodeon - Nick Kids,


Past Time with Good Company, Moontree Theatricals, Pratt Institute