Atlanta InterPlay Leaders

in the METRO-Atlanta Area

Jennifer is a certified InterPlay leader and co-founder of InterPlay Atlanta along with Debra Weir. She has been leading InterPlay groups in Atlanta since 2008.

Her love of creative expression and community creation began when she was a child performing shows in her living room and inviting adults to sing to each other at church.  Currently, she is a lead teaching artist with Synchronicity Theatre’s “Playmaking For Girls” program. Playmaking for Girls empowers incarcerated and “with hope” girls through the medium of play-writing, theatre games, and performance. For ten years she worked with The Academy Theatre as an actor, director and facilitator. Her work with The Academy focused on play creation, creating community in the classroom and training teachers in theatre techniques to incorporate into their teaching curriculum.  Jennifer has a BFA in acting from Ohio University and worked professionally as an actor and improviser for many years.

In addition to her background in theatre, Jennifer is an ordained non-denominational minister through The New Church Ministries. She loves creating unique and meaningful ceremonies ( Jennifer is passionate about the joy, connection and self-discovery accessed through the expressive arts. She lives in Decatur with her husband, children and dog and loves exploring nature, reading and creating!

Ruth Schowalter  (M.S. Applied Linguistics and ESL) and certified InterPlay leader, is a master teacher of American English as a Second Language, with 20 years of teaching at Georgia Tech University.  

Ruth discovered InterPlay in 2013 while creating and teaching an improvisation ESL course. She immediately integrated InterPlay’s improvisational system to help students experience authentic body movement and enlivened forms of expression, supporting both their ease and joy in acquiring language and cultural fluency. 

Now self-employed, Ruth offers a variety of American English Fluency workshops, short classes, and tutorials on college campuses, online, and in person, all of which have InterPlay components. Ruth also offers “Deep Play” in both her 8-week InterPlay Alchemy classes and Art and Soul Creativity Coaching. As a visual artist for almost three decades, she enjoys facilitating meaningful play related to the arts and embodying the creative magic of the soul. In her Interplay classes and coaching, she guides clients to integrate body, intellect, emotions, and spirit, enabling the finding, experiencing, and expressing their creative voices. Ruth enjoys living in the tightknit artistic community of Decatur, Georgia, with her scientist husband (Anthony “Tony” Martin), who both share time and space with two lively and loving cats, Tao and Sapelo. You can follow her on Twitter (@CreativeMind) or Instagram

Christine Nichols Gautreaux as a certified InterPlay leader and Licensed Master Social Worker, Christine uses InterPlay in a variety of settings and workshops with her peers and clients. 

She enjoys taking InterPlay and performance into underserved communities. She has worked with women in Lee Arrendale State Prison and the pre-trial detention center in Atlanta, GA. Christine also uses InterPlay with her Life Coaching Clients and in her workshops with foster/adoptive families. Dedicated to the pursuit of play, joy, laughter and love, Christine enjoys InterPlay, yoga, blogging, DCP, triathlons, family & friends and tea. Her superpowers include connecting people, helping folks manifest their dreams and juggling a full delightful life. 

Carolyn Renée is an InterPlay Leader-in-Training, a healer, teaching artist, and community organizer.  

Her passion is advancing healing using creativity. As an artist she is an accomplished playwright, storyteller, and singer/songwriter.  She works as a
teaching artist with Synchronicity Performance Group's Playmaking for Girls (PFG). Through this program she serves on a teaching team with fellow actors who lead young women from foster care, refugee communities, and youth detention centers in creating their own stories, and turning them into theatrical performances. In the healing arts she is third degree Reiki master and certified Natural Health and Wellness Consultant.  Carolyn Renée loves to create art-infused projects that incorporate the healing arts and help create positive change.  Excited to add InterPlay to her toolbox, she is most thrilled to be an InterPlay Leader in Training, and serve in a support role for InterPlay Atlanta’s 2017 Life Practice Program as a Life Practice Assistant.

Debra Weir, who co-founded InterPlay Atlanta with Jennifer Denning, is a spiritual director, teacher, and dancer. She has been engaged with InterPlay for more than 25 years and is a founding member of Wing It!, Performance Ensemble and Interplay along with Phil Porter and Cynthia Winton-Henry. In 1994, Debra moved from the San Francisco Bay area to live and work in Asia for more than ten years before relocating Atlanta in 2007. She and Jennifer Denning collaborated to start InterPlay Atlanta. Thesed days Debra now shares InterPlay through her work as Associate Director of Spirituality and Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary, spiritual direction and supervision of spiritual directors.

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