Thea Iberall has been called ‘a shimmering bridge between heart and mind.’ She’s told stories and performed poetry since 1998, representing Los Angeles at the National Poetry Slams in Austin, TX. An inductee into the International Educators Hall of Fame, she is featured in the documentary “Poets, Passion and Poetry.”
As a student of history, Thea combs ancient texts – the Bible, Jewish prayers, archeological reports –for ideas. Her stories springboard from the personal to delve deep into moral issues, scientific questions, and emotional truth. Added to that is her artistic humor and command of languages.
Thea has told and performed at Limmud Boston, Temple Beth David of Westwood, Na’mat of Laguna Woods, Hadasseh, Humanistic Jewish Society, Temple Beth Shalom of Long Beach, Temple Judea of Orange County, and the JCC of San Diego. Just a few other venues include The Story Space, Expresso Yourself Coffeehouse, Gallery 55, Wake Up and Smell the Poetry, Tatnuck Literary Arts, First Parish UU Medfield, and University of Connecticut.
Thea is part of a performing troupe The Shadow and Light Storytellers which brings stories to life through spoken word and music. They have performed at Worcester State University and Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.
She’s been published in numerous journals and anthologies including Blood to Remember: American Poets On the Holocaust (Time Being Books, 2007). She has done guest blogs for Mayan Tikvah. Her other writings include The Sanctuary of Artemis (Tebot Bach, 2011), a collection of contextual poems that explores the roots of Western patriarchal culture. In her visionary novel The Swallow and the Nightingale (Strong Voices, 2014), a scientist must prove to an Orthodox Rabbi that same gender love is moral.
One of the most compelling stories Thea has written is We Did It For You! Women’s Journey Through History. This 45-minute musical is about how women got their rights in America. Besides having a troupe that has performed the play all over California, Thea does play-reading workshops across the country with high school students, women’s organizations, and conferences.
Thea has a Master's Degree in Writing (USC) and a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience (UMass).