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P.O. Box 731
Medfield, MA

Massachusetts 02052


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).

For Students, For Educators, For Adults, For Librarians
High School, College, Adult
"Thea Iberall is a contextual poet, author and musician whose storytelling is electrifying. She weaves personal anecdotes with history, insights, humor, magic, religion, science and culture. Gritty and sublimely poetic, she is a role model for the perfect fusion of head and heart, intellect, emotion and passion."
Bruce Marcus
The Story Space
"At the end of an hour of the magic of Thea in her many worlds which she shares with such wit and wisdom, I felt almost as if I had been transmuted into another being so captivating, transforming, inspiring, brilliantly constructed, and affecting were the tales she told and sang. It was an experience I would like to share with everyone I love."
Bambi Good
Lover of stories
"Thea embodied her character so completely. She was so believable in her performance, I had to remind myself she was the same person I had seen a few minutes earlier. A natural born actor. Brava!"
Lynnette Najimy, producer
Beanspond Productions
“Thea Iberall creates a shimmering bridge between matter and spirit, heart and head, poet and world."
Gayle Brandeis
author of The Book of DeadBirds
“What an exciting evening! Your performance last Friday was wonderful and the feedback that we received from our members was extraordinary. Thank you for your humor, your passion and your commitment to your art.”
Lenore Rosenblum, Program Committee
Orange County Society for Humanistic Judaism
“She tells narrative stories using…simple words that mask hidden layers of meaning and emotion.”
Dan McGuinn
OC Weekly
"Thea you are really amazing and wonderful to see, hug, hear and learn from."
Linda Havel
“I love her passion and poetry, the vignettes were emotional and weave a story about connecting Jewish history to her history.”
Limmud participant