EPISODE 71: Yo-EL Cassell was born in Schenectady, NY with a nerve deafness and discovered that movement at the age of 3 was his organic expressive channel for his personal and creative identity. Instead of his hearing loss getting in the way, he allowed the loss to gratefully show him the way of connecting to all of the five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell) of human life. His mission, as a performer, director, choreographer, movement director, educator, mentor, and human being, is to provide the same accessible physical entry point to other’s inner selves that he supportively received as a child and throughout life. A recipient of the Lotte Kaliski Award for Gifted Artists, Yo-EL Cassell is currently Head of/Assistant Professor of Movement at Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. He was formerly Resident Choreographer of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. He has also produced, choreographed and directed the acclaimed Off-Broadway original production of Moonlight Interior at New York’s Sande Shurin Theatre, featuring the music of singer songwriter Jann Klose. yo-el.squarespace.com
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