2012 Conference on Neuroesthetics
Leonard Pitt is an actor author, teacher and founder of the oldest chocolate club in America. In 1963 he gave up his day job and sailed to France where he began his life as an artist which he has pursued ever since. He lived in Paris for seven years. The essential elements of play – listening, being open, taking risks- have been organizing principle throughout his life. He is a specialist in physical theatre and has performed in theaters and festivals around the world. He currently co-directs Flying Actor Studio in San Francisco, a one-year conservatory training program in physical performance. In the 1990s he created Eco-Rap, an environmental education program combining ecology and rap music as a way to educate inner city youth about urgent social problems. He has written two walking guides on Paris – Walks Through Lost Paris (2002), and Paris a Journey Through Time (2007), and one book on the history of the postcard featuring hundreds of postcards from his own collection – Paris Postcards, The Golden Age, (2009). He also wrote a book about the life of 17th century Irish healer, Valentine Greatrakes, A Small Moment of Great Illumination – Searching for Valentine Greatrakes, the Master Stroker (2006).
Title of Talk: Playing For Life