Nina Wise - 1440 Multiversity

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Nina Wise

Performance artist, dharma teacher, founder of  Motion Theater®

Nina Wise has devoted her career to developing performances that address the complex relationship between body, intellect, and spirit. Her provocative original works, performed in prestigious venues in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia, have won awards for playwriting, innovative design, and new theater, including three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and seven Bay Area Theater Critics Awards.

As the founder of  Motion Theater, an original form of autobiographical improvisation, Nina offers performances and trainings in this unique form of authentic self-expression. She has performed custom-designed improvised works at theaters, think tanks, conferences, medical institutions, and political events around the world.

Nina has coached numerous individuals and teams in creativity, the cultivation of presence, stress reduction, communication, and leadership. Authorized to teach by Jack Kornfield, Nina also teaches Buddhist practice at spiritual centers worldwide.

Nina is the author of A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life, and her stories and articles appear in numerous anthologies and journals. She has served on the faculties of the University of California, Santa Cruz, John F. Kennedy University, and San Francisco State University.

Previous Programs

Joyful Awakening

March 15 - 17, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

We all want to be seen and heard. In today’s culture filled with self-criticism and doubt, authentic and spontaneous self-expression is an experience of freedom. The willingness to feel deeply, fall apart, surrender—freedom includes everything. At the heart of letting go, discover something sublime and unspeakably raw with master teacher and artist Nina Wise in...