Theatre of Eternal Values is the North American branch of an international theatre troupe that tells ancient and modern stories with heart and humor. We incorporate Sahaja Yoga Meditation into our rehearsal process, and include meditative moments in each of our plays – as well as challenge, discovery, laughter, and hope.
We believe this moment calls for stories of struggle and transcendence, that ask: what do we hold dear? Innocence. Justice. Courage. Compassion. The capacity to forgive. By exploring these eternal values, we make theatre to raise our awareness, to strengthen and delight our audiences.
We believe in beauty, in sky-wide vision, in reaching the heart.
Who we Are
TEV-America’s Artist Company
Artistic Director / Performer
Poornima is a Boston-based actress, writer, and teaching artist, and is artistic director for TEV-America. She has performed with companies such as the A.R.T., Shakespeare & Co., and Actors’ Shakespeare Project, and she specializes in devised theater and working with heightened, poetic texts. With TEV-America, she has cowritten and performed in Lee & the Tallest Tree and A Map in the Dark. More info at: PoornimaKirby.com.
Education Director / Performer
Tyrone is a New York-based educator, director and performer with a degree in musical theater, a masters in education, and a passion for supporting and uplifting youth through theatre. He currently works as director of an emergency childcare center in New York. With TEV-America, he has performed in the role of Frederick Douglass in a workshop production of Brother to Liberty, in Canajoharie, NY; provided direction for Lee and the Tallest Tree; and directed and co-devised A Map in the Dark.
Managing Director / Performer
Stephanie’s passion for the theatre began at a very young age. She has worked with multiple New York theater producers both on and off broadway, while also pursuing training as a performer at the renowned HB studios. She organized the initial tours of TEV-International’s The Magic Flute to U.S., as well bringing Eternity in an Hour to perform at the New York Fringe Festival. With TEV-America, Stephanie has performed as a puppeteer in the premiere of A Map in the Dark. Stephanie is also Managing Director for TEV-America.
Performer / Artist
Jeff has always been an artist, from 3D animated commercials, to painting for Pee Wee’s Playhouse, to designing make-up for Broadway productions like Into the Woods. Now based in L.A., he paints murals and decorative finishes for clients such as Will Smith and Macys. He has also performed as an actor in multiple regional theater productions. With TEV-America, Jeff painted the costumes and backdrops for Lee & the Tallest Tree.
Performer / Choreographer
Heidi is a dancer, choreographer, actor, educator, and certified yoga instructor with a passion for creative movement. With degrees from Bennington and NYU, she has spent decades refining a unique approach to unlocking creative, meditative movement in herself and her dancers. Her most recent project is founding an arts center in the Catskills, NY, designed to host artistic residencies, performances and festivals.
Performer / Musician
Tarciso is a Boston-based musician and composer, originally from Sertania, Brazil. He specializes in north-eastern Brazilian folk music styles such as Forro and Choro. He has performed at international Forro Festivals including ‘Forro in New York’, where he premiered an original composition with a full orchestra, produced by grammy nominated musician Rafael Piccoloto. With TEV-America, he co-composed and performs in Lee & the Tallest Tree.
Performer / Choreographer
Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Sandra now lives in Connecticut. Her fascination with movement and its role in different art forms defines her as artist. Inspired by east-west fusion, her compositions transcend genre – whether ballet, jazz, tap, Colombian folk dance, or Indian classical dance. She was a founding member of the first contemporary dance company in Colombia, and in 2012, she founded ‘Shradha’, a dance group dedicated to giving self-realization through dance. Her productions include Universes, based on a Japanese folk tale, and Wings to Fly, a reflection on the Latin American experience. She co-created and choreographed Lone Wolf and the workshop performance of Introspection Play at the Nirmal Arts Academy in Canajoharie, New York.
Born in Germany, and now based in Waterloo, Canada, Gita specializes in improv comedy, while also taking on serious roles like Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. She is a founding member of TEV-International, and played Toinette in TEV’s first production, Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid, which toured across seven European countries and in India. Since then she has co-created and performed as part of multiple TEV-International productions including Mozart’s The Magic Flute. and is currently co-developing a piece called Introspection Play, to be performed with TEV-America.
Arwen Vira Marsh
Performer / Writer
Arwen is a senior at the Laguardia High School of Music & Art in New York City, where she specializes in musical and dramatic theater roles, and recently appeared as Liesl in The Sound of Music. With TEV-America, she performed in the roles of Alice & Harriet in A Map in the Dark, which she also co-authored. She is currently writing and producing her first film project.
Board & Administrators:
President: Calin Costian
Treasurer: Steve Wollenberger
Secretary: Isabel Costian
Artistic Director: Poornima Kirby
Managing Director: Stephanie Wein
Other TEV Artists:
Theresa Gulati; Julie Mandal; Kapila Marsh; Kristine Pearson; Andrew Reed; Hitesh Sharma