Linda Peck presents performances and workshops using a nontraditional, whole-body approach to learning that is innovative, engaging, and educational. Her programs allow students to take influences from art and literature and—through the use of mime, theatre, martial arts, sign language, and more—bring them into the body in ways that spark new understanding. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre and philosophy from The George Washington University, and has studied theatre and mime in both Europe and the United States. With over 32 years of experience as a teacher, performer, artist, and facilitator (as well as 12 years in the martial arts), Linda has programs for all ages, suitable for schools, seniors, businesses, conferences, and fitness centers.
Linda is a member of Connecticut Young Audiences Arts for Learning, Hartford Performs, Berkshire Creative, Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, and NEFA’s Culture Count. She has worked with Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants, Community Partnership Grants of Western Massachusetts, Safe Schools Healthy Students Grants (Pittsfield MA), Girl Scouts Leadership Programs, several colleges including Amherst College and University of Pennsylvania, Team Leadership Programs of Augusta Maine, and the American Cancer Society.
“Linda Peck worked with our school for several years through cultural arts and her contribution was invaluable. I have requested that she continue through a grant she was applying for with the Local Cultural Council.” ~ Gwen Agna, Jackson Street School
“When Mary Poppins, aka Linda Peck, appeared, our arts festival all at once became a London Street. Toting her magical umbrella and carpet bag, she charmed both young and old alike. As one small child tugged at her skirt saying, “Is she real?” Linda with marionette-like skill and precision floated her umbrella up as if to fly, and the little girl squealed with joy.” ~ Tim Greenway, Portland Press Herald
“Your novel approach to teaching, facilitated a whole auditorium of students to participate in concepts like conformity, and prompted a dynamic class discussion of the classical philosophers, all the while laying historical groundwork.” ~ Richard Chrisman, Berkshire Community College (Humanities)
“Many students wanted to transfer to Linda Pecks’ class after hearing from others about her unusual approach, using movement, music ,art and more to teach Philosophy. Linda did not allow the books to imprint knowledge on the students but through the vehicles of discussion, debate, internal exploration and more their minds were sparked, and inspired with heightened knowledge and understanding.” ~ Amherst College, Raquel Pelletier Dean of Academics
Plymouth State University MASTERS Arts Integration/Mindfulness Graduate year 2015, Plymouth, NH
Lesley University 2014 Mindfulness Training /Arts Integration, Cambridge, MA
Lions Gait Martial Arts — Master Joseph Scalise, Buckland, MA
Smith College — Theatre, Northampton, MA
Tony Montanaro, Celebration Barn South Paris ME
National Mime Theatre Conference, Michael Pedretti Director, Philadelphia, PA.
Czech Theatre, Bolek Polivka , Philadelphia, PA
Suny Purchase, Antic Arts Academy, Suny NY.
Theatre Direction, Pierre Byland, Switzerland
École Internationale de ThÉÂtre Jacques Lecoq, France
Workshops — Choreography with Debra Brown , Cirque du Soleil, Dodi DeSantos , The Center for Movement Theatre, Daniel Stein, Tom Leabhart, Michael Moschen, Fred Garbo, Bob Berke and more.
Activities and Societies: International Jugglers Assn, International Mime Festival, Arts for Social Change Society, Women and the Arts, George Washington Alumni Assn, Boston Casting, Berkshire Creative, NECAP, Mass Cultural Council Common Ground.
Travelling Broadway Production of Mary Poppins
Hanover Theatre, Worcester MA, Bushnell Theatre Hartford Ct
First Night Boston, First Night Danbury, First Night Hartford
Boston Strong Festival, The Boston Globe, Cambridge RiverFest,
International Theatre Festivals, International Performing Arts for Youth (Annenberg Theatre)
Opening Act For-Smothers Brothers /Mark Twain Festival, Hartford/
CNBC T.V. Children’s Series
Evening Magazine/Opened For Shari Lewis World Trade Center
Academy of Music Nutcracker 75 performances
CAST member of DION Opera written by Harry Parche/Smithsonian Museum-Family Series
International Children’s Theatre Festival, Montreal Arts Festival, Flint Youth Theatre. Michigan, SoulFest,
PERFORMANCE/TELEVISION – Nickelodeon, CNBC TV KID ROCK
Interviewed on the Joe Franklin Talk Show Channel 9 NY, Filmed on Evening Magazine
Performances in Italy, Switzerland and France