For Miriam, performing arts have always been a part of her life. She has performed extensively, making many connections along the way (and met her husband Greg while performing Oklahoma). She has toured with an international dance troupe, developed creative dramatics workshops for children and adults, and was known as “Mother Miriam” for hundreds of children during her years with the Greater Ottumwa Vocal Arts Project (GOVAP). She’s directed and choreographed several shows at various schools, colleges, community theater groups, and summer theater festivals, including assistant director and choreographer for the Illinois Theater Association/Illinois High School Theater Festival production of Parade, and several children’s theater shows accomplished at local libraries and communities. Miriam is a successful grant writer, and has built theatres and programs from the ground up - including GOVAP and co-founding the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival in Eldon/Ottumwa, IA. She also co-owned a dance studio and taught dance for 8 years.
Miriam is a graduate of Iowa State University (Theater, Speech, Dance, English), completed graduate school at the University of Connecticut (Teaching the Talented-Ed. Psych), and has her administrative endorsement from Drake University. She has studied privately with Sydney Spayde in Fairfield, was a Fulbright Teacher in Japan, and has had the good fortune to participate in international educational programs in Brazil and Australia. Presently, she also serves on the Iowa Community Theater Association Board of Directors.
Miriam grew up in Washington County first on the Jones Farm on the “Old White Way”, and later in Washington, Iowa, where she attended junior high and high school. She lives in Ottumwa with her husband Greg and they have two adult children.