Sebastienne Mundheim (Founder, Artistic Director) is an interdisciplinary storyteller, installation artist, and educator. Mundheim has been creating arts-based interdisciplinary performance and community events for 20 years. She began her arts career as a painter and writer, earning her BA and BFA at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. Wanting to get away from the solitary practice of studio and get out into the world to make work with more clear social impact, Mundheim began creating interdisciplinary community arts programs and events in Philadelphia and New Orleans, designing and implementing parades, installations, and arts-based learning experiences through museums, cultural organizations, schools, and community centers. In 1994, Mundheim began to include performance in her practice. Since then, she has created 21 interdisciplinary performances, performed nationally and internationally. Works include: A Potable Joyce: A Watered-down Ulysses The Story of James Joyce and His Manuscript, Under the Hat: The Life and Works of Marianne Moore, Currently Franklin: The Story of a Paper Boy, Sea of Birds, Paris Wheels and The Ready –Maids. Works have been commissioned and/or presented by: The Rosenbach Museum and Library, The University of Pennsylvania, Franklin and Marshall College, Keene State University, Vermont Performance Lab, Marlboro College, The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts, The Irish Ministry of Arts and Culture, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts.

Mundheim has collaborated in the works of other artists including: Whit MacLaughlin, New Paradise Laboratories, Kate Watson-Wallace, Anonymous Bodies, Thaddeus Phillips, Lucidity Suitcase, Stan Heleva, Walking Fish Theatre, and Hua-Hua Zhang. In 2010 she received a Philadelphia Theatre Initiative Fellowship to study with the Handspring Puppet Company in South Africa. In 2011, Mundheim was finalist for the Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She received her EdM from Harvard in 2000.

Sebastienne Mundheim

1327 E. Passyunk Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19147


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1327 E. Passyunk Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19147


  • over fifteen years experience creating original, commissioned, interdisciplinary performances
  • in-depth knowledge and experience in all aspects of arts & museum education, & community-based work
  • initiative and innovation in developing arts-based programming
  • commitment to developing thoughtful learning environments
  • ability to work with diverse audiences and develop new audiences
  • experience hiring, supervising, & training staff including: artists, teachers, interns
  • broad network of relationships in the Philadelphia cultural and academic community

2000 Harvard University, Cambridge MA, EdM.
1990 University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. BA & BFA. English and Painting.
1985 Westtown Friends School.

2011 Borderlands Institute, Sejny, Poland: Cultural exchange funded by: The Trust for Mutual Understanding.
2010 Handspring Puppet Co., South Africa: Residency (2 mo) funded by The Philadelphia Theatre Initiative.
2010 Sandglass Puppetry Institute: Storrs, CT: Scholarship awarded. 240 hours of puppetry training.
2010 O’Neill Puppetry Conference, Waterford,CT. Funded by the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative.
2010 The New School, Creative Writing Class, NY.
2010 Kunyang Lin Dance, Chinese-based Object Movement, with Hua-Hua Zhang. Phila, PA.
2010 Kunyang Lin Dance, Taiwanese Contemporary Movement, Hsu Hui Huang. Phila, PA.
2009 Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, International study Belgium, funded by Dance Advance.
2008 International Theatre Institute of UNESCO, Madrid Spain. Invited US delegate.
2007-2008 Artists U, Invited participant. Year-long training for artists in career development and non-profit  company management. Philadelphia, PA.
2007 SITI Group Workshop. Phila, PA. Invited participant physical theatre. Funded Philadelphia Theatre Initiative.
1989-2007 Shotokan Karate of America. Practitioner/leader. Black belt. USA.
2004 Society of Fight Directors of America. Phila., PA Certification in open-hand stage combat.
2001-2003 Dance Theater Camp, Philadelphia, PA. Invited participant for artist exchange.
1999 Kitchen Summer Institute: Mixing Media, Telling Tales. NY, NY. 200 hours performance workshops.
1992 University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Graduate School Business, Non-profit and Arts management. Philadelphia, PA.
1986 Universite de Tours, Tours France. Course-work in French Literature.

ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE CREATION: Writer, Director, Designer, Builder, & Performer

2013 “ARK-hive,” (Working title) Commissioned by Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
2013 “Kamishibai Man,” Commissioned by Japanese House and Gardens, to be performed Annenberg Performing Arts Center Philadelphia, PA.

2011 “Paris Wheels and the Ready-Maids … Not the Henri Rousseau that Some of You Know,” Commissioned/performed: Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA also performed Crane Arts Old School, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA.
2010-08 “Sea of Birds,” Commissioned/performed: Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. Tour: Baltimore Theatre Project, Presented Quest International Festival Visual Theatre. Balt., MD. Funded by PennPAT MassMOCA, MA; Redfern Arts Center, Keene State Univ., Keene, NH Whittemore Theatre, Marlboro, VT Stonington Opera House, Stonington, ME. Funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts.
2012 – 08 “Country Dog Gentlemen,” Commissioned by SFMOMA (writer, voice, visual consultant for animation).
2007 – 05 “Currently Franklin: The Story of a Paper Boy,” Commissioned: Franklin & Marshall College. Presenters: Phillips Museum, Lancaster, PA; Philadelphia Live Arts Festival; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Lights of Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA Stonington Opera House, Stonington, ME. Adapted for national tour w/ Fulton Family Ensemble, USA.
2006 – 1998 “A Potable Joyce: A Watered-Down Version of Ulysses … ,” Commissioned and annually presented by the Rosenbach Museum and Library. Additional presenters – Irish Ministry of Arts & Culture, nat’l tour; Phila. Fringe Festival, Pennsylvania State Capitol. Toured over 70 schools.
2005 “What is a Wall? The Story of the Berlin Wall,” Commissioned: Arthur Ross Gallery,  Univ. of Penn. Phila, PA.
2003 “Were the Sunny Sombreros Somber Somehow? Mexican Revolutionary Painters,”  Arthur Ross Gallery, Univ. of Penn. Phila, PA.
2002 “Giorgio De Chirico and the Myth of Ariadne,”  Commissioned/presented by the Phila. Museum of Art
2001 “Under the Hat: The Life & Work of Poet Marianne Moore,” Commissioned/presented by the Rosenbach Museum & Library.
1995-2000 NINE ADDITIONAL SHOWS NOT LISTED. Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania.

2011 “Two Hands” Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Creative Consultant and Puppeteer for Hua Hua Zhang.
2008-09 “Store,” Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. Dance-Dramaturge, Visual Arts/Concept Consultant with choreographer, Kate Watson Wallace.
2008 “Adventures in the Skin Trade,” Walking Fish Theatre. Set Design/Construction. Director: Stan Heleva, Phila, PA
2007 “Car,” Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. Performer, Dance-Dramaturge, Visual arts/concept consultant for choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace.
2006 “House,” Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. Dance-Dramaturge, performer, visual arts/concept consultant for choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace.
2005 “The Mentalist,” Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Concept consultant for choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace.
2004 “Multi-Family Garage Sale,” Philadelphia Fringe Festival Performer with Bald Mermaids and Mark O‘Malley.
2004 “Don Juan in Nirvana,” Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. Performance development. New Paradise Laboratories.
2003 “Stupor,” Arden Theatre, Performer. New Paradise Laboratories. Phila. PA; Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.
2001 “The Tempest,” LaMama, NYC Set-design consultant, construction with Lucidity Suitcase/Thaddeus Philips.
2001 “Once,” Mum Puppetheatre, Concept consultant, set design with Brat Productions. Phila., PA.
1999 “Puppet,” The Kitchen. Co-writer/Director, Set-design/construction, performer. NYC.
1997 “Eye-95,” Brat Productions. Puppet design/construction. Collective Conscious, NYC; Five Spot & Ruba Club, Phila., PA.
1995 “Mushroom Festival” Big Picture Alliance. Creative director of film/parade project. Chicago Children’s Film Festival Award.

TEACHING/ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE/CURRICULUM DESIGN1994-present Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Penn. PA. Program/curriculum design/implementation.

2012 – Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA. Curriculum Design.
1994-2012 Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Penn. PA. Program/curriculum design/implementation.
2010 The Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD. Six-week Residency Object Building and Movement.
2007-2008 Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA. Research, curriculum design, program development, staffing.
2005-2006 Franklin & Marshall College. Lancaster, PA. Performance as Pedagogy. Adjunct Professor.
1998-2006 Rosenbach Museum and Library, Phila, PA. Museum Educator and Consultant.
2004, 2006 Appel Farm Arts and Music, Elmer, NJ Workshop Leader and Artist-in-Residence.
2003 Latvian Community Center, Newtown Square, PA. Latvian Storytelling Project. Instructor.
2001 “What’s Cooking,” Children’s TV Show website. Web Project Content Consultant.
1994-2001 Fleisher Art Memorial. Community Partnerships Coordinator and Artist-in-Residence.
1994-1999 Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania, Phila., PA. Roster Artist/Teacher.
1994-1998 Institute of Contemporary Art, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Outreach Artist-in-Residence.
1997 EMMA Productions, Phila., PA. Rostered Team-Building-through Interdisciplinary arts. Workshop Leader.
1995-1996 Big Picture Alliance, “Festival” Project, Phila., PA. Film and Parade Project. Creative Director.
1994-95 Children’s Hospital, Oncology Ward, University of Penn. ChildLife Program. Resident Artist.
1992-1997 Country Day Creative Arts Program. Teaching Artist. Exhibits/Festival Director.
1993-1999 Young Audiences, New Orleans & Philadelphia. Outreach Artist.
1992-1994 New Orleans Public Schools, Arts Connection Program. Teaching Artist-in-Res., K-8. Instructor.
1992-1993 Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA. Instructor.
1992 Arts Reach, New Orleans, LA. Resident Artist.
1992 Arts Council of New Orleans, Job Training Program, New Orleans, LA. Instructor.
1991 Moonstone: Education through the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Instructor.

2011 Crane Arts Old School, Philadelphia, PA. Puppet buiding and manipulation.
2011 Cheltham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA. Workshop leader, storytelling and puppetry.
2011 Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Workshop leader, puppets and stories.
2009 Deer Isle Elementary School, Deer Isle, ME. Workshop Leader: Moving Mother Stories.
2009: MassMOCA, North Adams, MA. Workshop Leader: Kinetic sculpture.
2008 Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont. Workshop Leader: Sculpture and Movement.
2008 Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA. Panelist: Visual Arts and Dance.
2007 Opera House Arts, Summer Arts program, Deer Isle, ME. Workshop: Sculpture & Movement.
2007 Community College of Philadelphia. Presenter: Stories for Children.
2006 Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. Lecturer/Presenter: “Educational Performance.”
2003-2004 Bryn Mawr College, Phila., PA. Lecturer: “Creating Interdisciplinary Arts Programs.”
2003 Appel Farm Arts and Music, Elmer, NJ. Lecturer: “Creating Interdisciplinary Performance.”
2002 University of Pennsylvania, Kelley Writers’ House, Phila., PA. Lecturer: “Fringing the Page.”
2002 Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Panelist: “Storytelling Techniques for Litigators.”
2002 Museums and the Web Conference, Boston, MA. Co-presenter: “Interpreting live performance into CDROM.”
1999 University of Pennsylvania, Kelley Writers’ House. Lecturer: “Art in Our Lives.”
1998 Pennsylvania Arts & Education Conference, Phila., PA. Presenter: “Exquisite Books: Visual Arts & Literature.”
1998-1999 Univ. of the Arts, Graduate School in Education, Phila., PA. Lecturer/Workshop Leader: Interdisc. Arts.
1998 Community College of Phila, Ed. Dept, PA. Lecturer/Workshop Leader: “Exquisite Books: Arts & Literature.”
1998 “Best Practices” Philadelphia Public Schools, Phila., PA. Presenter: “Demonstrating successful techniques in interdisciplinary arts programming.”
1997 Natn’l Arts Education Conference, NO, LA. Presenter: “Ethnography and Education.”
Journal Publication: “An Autobiographical Account of Collaboration: Expanding Frameworks Between Research and Practice,” Collaborative Inquiry In a Post-modern Era: A Cat’s Cradle, vol. 2, 2 1997.
1997 Pennsylvania Arts and Education Conference, Scranton, PA. Presenter: “Forming Collaboration Between Arts Institutions and Community Groups.”
1996 Pennsylvania Alliance for the Arts, Harrisburg, PA. Co-presenter: “Ethnography & Education: Linking Theory & Practice.”
1996 Girard Medical Center: Panelist: “Community Arts,” Phila., PA. Panelist.

2001-2002 Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE. Consultant/Outside Evaluator for high-school outreach partnership.
2000-2001 William Penn Foundation, Phila., PA. Research Consultant: 10 portraits best-practices museum/school partnerships.
2001 Fleisher Art Memorial, Phila, PA. Evaluator for Arts Outreach program in public schools.
1994-1995 Moonstone, Education Through the Arts, Phila., PA. Documentation/Assessment: for Pew-funded Arts & Education Development Program: Curriculum linked interdisciplinary arts program.