Member Bios

Meta Bruner

For more than four decades, Meta has expressed herself primarily through movement. From an active childhood climbing trees and building forts, to doing flip-flops in a young gymnastics performance group, to dancing and performing her way through high school and college at Portland’s Jefferson High and University of Oregon, she found her way to Eurythmy. While taking a parent education class at Cedarwood Waldorf School, where her two children attended, she was inspired by the words and movements of teacher, Natasha Moss, who also led an adult eurythmy training. So drawn to the art form, she soon enrolled and later graduated in 2010 from Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California, under the tutelage of Cynthia Hoven and Reg Down. Meta thanks her husband David and adult children Caleb and Anna for all their love while supporting her unconventional interests! Meta has been a part of Portland Eurythmy since 2011.

Jolanda Frischknecht

Jolanda Frischknecht completed her Eurythmy training in Dornach, Switzerland with Lea van der Pals. Upon graduation in 1990, she did a post-graduate year at Eurythmy Spring Valley. She then moved back to Switzerland for five years to teach and perform eurythmy. After that she moved to Austin, TX, where she co-founded the Austin Eurythmy Ensemble. They toured for over ten years in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Then Jolanda completed her Therapeutic Eurythmy Training in 2012 and moved to Portland, OR. Since then she has been teaching grades 1 through 8 and doing therapeutic work at the Micha-el School. She has also been teaching adults in the Micha-el Institute and an in the Pacific Eurythmy Foundation Course. She has been an active member of Portland Eurythmy for 7 years, bringing a wealth of musical, choreographic and directorial knowledge. 

Amanda Leonard

Amanda Leonard has had a life-long love of movement, music and theatre. She was happy to find eurythmy while living in the rural farming intentional community, Camphill Minnesota. Upon her return to urban life, she realized that she wanted to study eurythmy. This led her to England and back to beautiful Boulder, CO, where she studied with Glenda and David-Michael Monasch. Upon graduating, she moved to Portland to work with Portland Eurythmy. She is delighted to be a part of this performance group, whose members work tirelessly and collaboratively to elevate the art of eurythmy.

James Knight

James holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education from the University of Oregon. His love of movement began in his early martial arts days and his meditative contemplations of the movements in nature. He went on to complete a Foundation Year in Anthroposophy at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California where he first fell in love with the art of eurythmy. He further studied eurythmy in California, Germany, England, and New York and holds diplomas in both eurythmy and eurythmy therapy. He also completed a five-year course in Spatial Dynamics Movement under Jaimen McMillan. As a eurythmy performer, James toured for three years with the English Eurythmy Theatre in Europe and the U.S. Since then he has worked as a performer with various groups in California, Washington State and Oregon. Throughout his career, he has also taught eurythmy to adults and children and worked as a eurythmy & movement therapist. Those who know him enjoy his approachable humor and mercurial style.

Carrie Mass

Carrie completed her Eurythmy training in Spring Valley, New York in 2002. Since graduating she has worked and performed with various ensembles throughout the years, mainly centered on the west coast.  Carrie started teaching in 2004 at the Live Oak Charter School in California and the Sebastapol Independent Charter. While in California, Carrie worked on and performed in several projects with Lemniscate Arts. Carrie moved to Portland and began teaching Eurythmy at the Portland Waldorf School in 2008, where she leads community eurythmy classes and teaches 5th through 8th grade. In 2016 she co-founded Pacific Eurythmy, a part-time training initiative. She teaches and co-directs this program with her colleague Jolanda Frischknecht. She continues to practice, choreograph, direct and perform with Portland Eurythmy.

Andrea Schofield

At a young age, Andrea discovered that Eurythmy held a special place in her heart. Growing up in Waldorf schools, she found joy in the arts and music, but her love for Eurythmy remained particularly profound. After high school, Andrea initially pursued a study in performance voice but redirected her path within a year, enrolling in Eurythmy training at the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California. Two years later, she transitioned to Im-pulse, an international Eurythmy training program spanning the United States, Switzerland, and Brazil, led by Markus and Andrea Weder.  Following the completion of her Eurythmy training, Andrea felt a new calling towards the power and beauty of food. She attended the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Austin, Texas, and spent the next twelve years honing her culinary skills as a chef in various countries and states. Three years ago, Andrea decided to settle in Portland, Oregon, and soon after, she discovered the Portland Eurythmy group.  Since 2022, Andrea has joyfully rekindled her lifelong passion for Eurythmy by actively participating in performances with the Portland Eurythmy group.

Colin Shepard

Colin Alexei Shepard is not only the Music Director and Conductor at Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, he is also an active collaborative pianist and music coach in the region and recently named the first choral staff pianist for the Portland state university choral program. 

As a musical director, guest artist, and keyboardist for professional musical theater productions in the region, Colin enjoys working with Portland’s amazing regional arts organizations and universities from Broadway Rose theater to Resonance Ensemble, from Opera theater Oregon to hosting operaoke Mendelssohn’s bar on Mississippi st in Portland, recently named one of the top bars in America and only two from Portland listed in Esquire magazine!

Having received his Masters in Piano Performance at Portland State University, he was the Graduate Teacher’s Assistant at PSU for collaborative piano, accompanying and singing with the internationally-winning PSU Chamber Choir and their nationally-recognized opera studies program.

An ardent opera lover and coach, Colin has played piano in recital with MET Grammy-winner Audrey Luna with Portland Concert Opera, as well as pianist for master classes held by award-winning, MET opera singers Lawrence Brownlee, Frederica von Stade, Angela Meade, and Vinson Cole.

The past Principal Keyboardist with Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and former pianist for Opera Theater Oregon, Colin has recorded for the Oregon and Aurora Historical societies unearthing Edward Finck’s solo piano music. He has twice been heard playing solo piano on Portland’s AllClassical FM radio station as well as in a set with super-star Jimmie Herrod Jr. on All-Classical radio “Thursday’s at three”, and has accompanied and performed in over 600 recitals specializing in vocal collaborative piano.

Daniel Stokes

Daniel Stokes has worked within the Waldorf Education movement since 1975. He received his teacher training at Emerson College, England and a diploma for Speech and Drama in Sydney, Australia. He co-founded Mythos Storytellers and Looking Glass Theater which performed and led workshops in schools across Australia. Over the past 24 years Daniel has been a class teacher and has brought a love for the spoken word, specifically its use in the classroom, through courses in poetry, storytelling and drama in Waldorf training centers throughout the U.S. He currently lives with his wife in Portland and spends some of the year abroad training teachers and mentoring in Waldorf Schools.