Lynne Conrad Marvet
Abstract art, photography, performance
April 2019 Nalanda West, Seattle, Washington. Envisioned and planned a month-long retrospective exhibit of her visual art; created a temporary art installation, Reflections on the Heart Wisdom; held two artist talks with Karen de Luna, Cece Miller and visual artist, Donna Allen; led a collage workshop; with Katiana Rangel performed Duck, Death & the Tulip with original puppets; led a sing-a-long of Buddhist songs of realization (dohas) and popular songs with lyrics re-written with Buddhist meanings, e.g., You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Songs of Silence/Wisdom, Me & Repa Yogi; and led a workshop on copying the Heart Sutra.
March 2020 "Vision 2020" Member Show, CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art), Seattle
April 2019 One month solo retrospective exhibit of visual art and installations, Nalanda West, Seattle, WA
Feb 2011 Dharma Art exhibit with 11 other visual artists, Nalanda West, Seattle, WA
June 2011 Four Reminders installation, Nalanda West, Seattle, WA
Aug 1995 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition Competition, Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Staten Island, NY. “Young Tibetan Monk & Leopard Boy,” color photograph taken in Nepal
Nov 1992 2nd Medical Complex Show, Lenox Hill Artists Forum & Cornell Medical Library, New York City. Three masks and one color photograph included in group exhibit
As a character actor, Lynne tells stories, sings, dances, clowns around, and plays with puppets, masks and toys to bring sheer delight to her audiences. The messages of her work include universal themes of the human condition, unconditional love and unconditional acceptance of all living beings.
Dec 2020 Holiday Storytelling with Auntie Claus, shared children’s stories using toys and props Angel Pig & the Hidden Christmas by Jan L. Waldron, The Elf on the Shelf by Carol V. Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell, Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera, and The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman. On Zoom for Contemplative Resource Center, Bandera, TX.
July & Oct 2019 Songs of Milarepa, performed and sang with Katiana Rangel (as Paldorbum and Milarepa) and Lynne (as Milarepa, Pigeon Goddesses, and Grandmother), and Lori Goldston, on cello at Nalanda West, Seattle, WA.
2018 & 2019 Duck, Death & the Tulip, performance with Katiana Rangel (as Duck) and Lynne (as Death) at Nalanda West, Seattle, WA. Original puppets by Lynne.
Mar 2014 The Stone Ape, storytelling with puppets and props, Northwest Dharma Association Buddhist Arts Festival, Seattle University
2004 to present Frequent performer, emcee, and storyteller for audiences of all ages, Nalanda West, Seattle, WA
1997 The Monster of the Lotus Lake, a Jataka Tale, original performance with original puppets and props performed at First Nalandabodhi Fundraising event, Boulder, CO.
Clown and Physical Theatre
Lynne’s primary clown persona, MeeMee HeeHee was developed in 2003 as a result of studying with Moshe Cohen, founder of Clowns without Borders, USA
2004 to present MeeMee HeeHee has performed annually for a variety of events at Nalanda West in Seattle, including Nalandabodhi Sangha Retreat, His Holiness Karmapa in America, Tibetan New Year celebrations, and for Pacific Zen Institute programs.
2017 MeeMee HeeHee, This Little Light of Mine performance and interactive clowning, Zia Larson’s Ray of Light Foundation benefit, NAAM, Seattle, WA
June 2014 MeeMee HeeHee, Pride Day Parade, Seattle, WA. Interactive clowning with friends from Bailey Boushay House
Mar 2014 MeeMee HeeHee, This Little Light of Mine and Happy performances, Northwest Dharma Association Buddhist Arts Festival, Seattle University
April - Aug 2014 MeeMee Hee Hee, interactive clowning with adults in Assisted Living at Bayview Retirement Community, Seattle, WA
Jan 2004 MeeMee HeeHee Lights Up the Universe, an original one-woman new vaudeville performance at Nalanda West, Seattle, WA with original characters as Cecil B. Laffin (a dragonologist), JoJo (an existential clown), Tex Mex (dancer with Ms. Bones), and Liv Dalittle (A woman who runs with the wolves), and others.
Oct 1997 A Naga for the 90’s performance in a “tableau vivant” hosted by Laurie Anderson at Tricycle magazine’s Transformation Ball. Original costume design and body paint.
Mar – Apr 1997 The American Sleep, performed 11 roles with Bread & Puppet Theatre, Theater for the New City, New York and at Goddard College, Vermont.
Washington State Teaching Artist Training (TAT) Lab graduate, 2015
2018 to present Nalanda West, Seattle, Washington. Contemplative Collage workshops for adults incorporating creativity, imagination, silence, and group reflection.
Oct 2014 Henry Art Gallery, teaching artist workshop for children and parents on collage book-making inspired by the exhibit, “Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E.”
Sept 2014 Seattle Public Library, Lake City Branch, “If the Mammoth Tusk Could Talk,” an afternoon of prehistoric investigation, interactive storytelling, and creative play for children, inspired by the discovery of Lulu’s tusk in South Lake Union. Incorporated show and tell using a Burke Museum trunk of prehistoric specimens to examine.
April 2011 Nalanda West, Seattle, Washington. Children’s Art Celebration
April 2010 Nalanda West, Seattle, Washington. Earth Day mask-making for kids using recycled materials.
Summer 2005 Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. Teacher at Summer University of ten “Bloodlines” classes during five weeks. Focus on understanding family heritage, evolution and diverse cultures. Included storytelling, guest speakers and finding commonality as well as respect for differences.
Spring 2003 Talbot Hill Elementary, Renton, WA. Teacher during Mini-College of two classes, one on Peacemaking and one on the poetry of Mattie Stepanek.
Fall 1998 Inside Broadway, Project ARTS (Arts Restoration Throughout the Schools) P.S. 99, Queens, New York. Teaching artist. Taught and created three workshops on an historic Native American Iroquois Peace Ritual for six classes of fourth grade children. Use of masks, rattles, puppets, and Native American music. Objective was to learn Iroquois history and culture and the importance of kindness to one another.
Spring 1996 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow (State Education Department) at P.S. 48, Huntspoint, Bronx, New York. Taught and created ten workshops on masks from around the world for two classes of second and third grade bi-lingual classes. Emphasis on building vocabulary and math skills through multi-cultural studies.
Spring 1995 Grace Church School, New York City. Taught five-week workshop on the use of masks from around the world for two 3rd grade classes.
1992 The Door, New York City. Volunteer for 6 months with teenagers to create a Safe Sex/AIDS awareness mural, performance props, and various arts & crafts projects.
1991 CityKids, New York City. Volunteered for a non-profit youth empowerment organization whose mission is to positively impact the lives of diverse young people through community engagement projects, discussion groups and performances.
Acting classes in NYC for BA degree and Improv classes in Seattle
Various clown workshops, Seattle, WA with Moshe Cohen (2017), Lyam White (2014), Stefan Haves (2013), Mik Kuhlman (2013)
SANCA (Seattle Acrobatics & New Circus Arts), Seattle, WA, Hula Hoop with Taylor Daynes, 2013
Advanced Clowning, six-week class with George Lewis, Freehold Theatre, Seattle, WA, 2011
Clowning your Zen workshop and OD (Order of Disorder) dharma talk with Sensei Bernie Glassman and Moshe Cohen, San Francisco Zen Center, March 2011
Finding your Clown Chakra with Moshe Cohen, Founder of Clowns Without Borders, USA. Weekend workshop, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, 2003
Bread & Puppet Theater, Vermont, internship with Peter Schumann, February 1997
Buddhist Visual Literacy with Stephanie Johnston, Nalanda West, 2020 - 2021
Tibetan Buddhist Studies with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, spiritual director of Nalandabodhi International and other masters, 1980 to present
Courage & Renewal retreats in Washington (led by Parker Palmer) and Oregon, 2006
Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), since 2008
Certificate Program in Spirituality, Health & Medicine, Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA, audited 2001-2002
Member, Artist Trust
Empire State College (SUNY), New York City, BA in Theater Arts, 1995
School of Visual Arts, New York City. The Magic of Masks with Josephine Monter,1994
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, studied painting with Ray Yoshida, photography, printmaking, and ceramic sculpture, 1979
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, studied liberal and fine arts, painting with Ed Paschke, 1977-1978
Mentor & volunteer
Throughout her professional nonprofit fundraising career, Lynne has served as a mentor and coach to individuals seeking career guidance. For more than three decades, she has been a meditation instructor and class facilitator in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
December 2017 Clowns Without Borders, USA, Nalanda West, Seattle, WA. Organized benefit performance featuring Moshe Cohen, Sarah Liane Foster, Ceceila Frye, Linda Severt, Marisol Soledad, Bill Robison.
March 2014 Northwest Dharma Association, “Arts as Buddhist Practice” event at Seattle University. Planning team for three months. Storyteller & performer at event.
July 2009 Pema Chodron in Seattle, "No Time to Lose" weekend program for 1300 attendees at UW Meany Hall. Project Management DIrector for all aspects of event organization and execution.
2008 “Dying Well: Sacred Rituals & Caring Communities" Conference at Nalanda West, Seattle, WA. Organized an Evening of Sacred Performance including Pat Wright’s Total Experience Gospel Choir, Sufi poetry, Irish bagpipes and fiddle, Native American drumming and song, and “Dancing with Death” performance by Lynne with props and puppets.
Aug 2004 Change Your Mind Day / International Buddhist Festival, Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA. Emcee, interactive contemplative clowning and planning committee. Event sponsored by Northwest Dharma Association, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.
2004 to present Nalanda West, Seattle, WA. Organized numerous programs with Buddhist masters and acclaimed speakers such as Pema Chodron,
John Tarrant Roshi, Joanna Macy, Mark Nepo, and Margaret Wheatley.
2003 to 2006 Seattle Girls School mentor
1995 to 1999 Arts-in-Education Roundtable member, New York City