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The Sparks Collaborative Ensemble is a working group of all kinds of artists – creating performances that inspire you to look up and look sideways, to reach out and embrace this complicated world. 

We start with words created by a playwright, then dancers, actors, visual and sound artists, and sometimes scientists, use the words – and each other’s work – as a spark.

Together, we build joyous art none of us could make alone. And whether it’s onstage, outdoors or online – we share surprising stories rich with life and laughter. If you fall, maybe you’ll bounce. Wiggle your toes in the surf and feel the pull of galaxies.

We are diverse in age, gender identity, ethnicity, ability and artforms – in our work and in the audiences that we serve. We create performances both for and with kids, elders, neurodiverse artists, creative adventurers – and you.

Many thanks to Kim Dohrman
of Creative Clay for this lovely logo!

Bedtime Bears

a free illustrated audiobook for kids

When you can’t sleep, call the Bedtime Bears! Featuring a wonderful performance by the amazing voice actor and guitarist Dave Waterman, with lovely illustrations from his ongoing photography series focused in his beautiful backyard and on the grounds of USF’s Contemporary Art Museum.

Spanish version in the works, thanks to a St Pete Arts Alliance grant!

The Rainbow Book

a free illustrated audiobook for kids

A free illustrated audiobook for kids – with visual, literary and performing artists creating work inspired by rainbows, and the word “rainbow” in many voices.

Find the many lovely artists involved here.


July 30, 2023
A Benefit for The Studio@620

Visual artwork by Chris C.

A Rollicking, Gender-Bending Radio-Theatre-Telenovela Adventure in Four Cliffhanger Episodes, illustrated by Creative Clay to benefit The Studio@620. Written through the long pandemic with James Rayfield and Tom Sivak and performed by the amazing Vickie Daignault, Robin O’Dell, Stephanie Roberts and David Warner.

More here.

Walter Barks at Buses

a free illustrated audiobook for kids

A small dog barks at buses, until he gets to ride one. Performed by David Warner and Kate Young, illustrated by Catherine Woods and directed by Jim Rayfield.

When the Tuba Shows Up,
It’s Creative Clay’s Big Fundraiser

April 21, 2023 at 6:45 pm
Nova 535, St. Petersburg

A spectacular live performance developed with the Member Artists and Transition Students of Creative Clay, choreographer Paula Kramer, dancer Helen Hansen French, actor Stephanie Roberts and Tuba player Kendrick Wilson. 

When the Tuba Shows Up,
It’s a Party

a free illustrated audiobook for kids

Performed by Jan Neuberger and illustrated by the Member Artists and Teaching Artists of Creative Clay.

Rights of Springtime

March 11, 2023 at 6:30 pm
Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg

Written for Paula Kramer and Mimi Rice, a short work of dance and theatre set in Tom Kramer‘s gorgeous photography exhibition – about rewriting the stories you tell about your life, to eliminate the laundry and the everyday, and celebrate the magic. Part of a beautiful performance celebrating Tom Kramer’s visual artwork and including dances choreographed by Helen Hansen French and Andee Scott. You can see the whole performance here, as part of More Dance. . . Always.

Splish Splash

a free illustrated audiobook for kids

A free illustrated audiobook for kids – with illustrations by the Member Artists of Creative Clay, created via Zoom during the pandemic lockdown! Listen, watch and read along here.


May 20, 2022
Nova535, St Petersburg FL

A celebration of being you, being spectacular and being seen – a Sparks Collaborative Ensemble project with visual art, voice and movement by Creative Clay – with dancer Helen Hansen French, actor Jan Neuberger, choreographer Paula Kramer and words by me. Part of Creative Clay‘s Spring for the Arts fundraiser.

In Celebration

Throughout 2021
at Creative Clay

A Sparks Collaborative Ensemble project – creating movement, visual art, theatre, poetry and song inspired by words, with the terrific artists of Creative Clay and our wonderful team members actor Jan Neuberger, singer and actor Stephanie Roberts and poet Helen Pruitt Wallace.

An exhibition of the visual artwork from this project and special performances took place at Creative Clay to celebrate Paula Kramer’s spectacular 85th birthday. This project was funded by a grant awarded to Paula Kramer by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the St. Pete Arts Alliance.

Paula Kramer mentored visual artists Chris C. and Hanna V. as they created a dance inspired by my short play Tune for the Triangles, performed during rehearsals by Vickie Daignault.

A rousing rendition of Boing! was performed by Gina K., Lindsay J., Marquise R. and Jan Neuberger.

Stephanie Roberts created the celebratory crowd-pleasing song “Good Time” with suggestions by Mikey J. and Sarah D., and all three performed together – plus an encore with the audience all dancing. Marissa H. wrote the ekphrastic poem, “Dream Catcher” inspired by her painting of the same name, with mentorship from St. Pete Poet Laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace.

Boing! performed by Marquise R., Gina K, Jan Neuberger and Lindsay J.
Mikey J. rehearsing with Stephanie Roberts

Sparks in the Rain

November 13, 2021 at 6:45 pm
Creative Pinellas Gallery Courtyard

A Sparks Collaborative Ensemble project – a colorful and humorous look at family, memory and Florida weather. Featuring dancers Helen Hansen French and Fernando Chonqui, actor K Chinthana Sotakoun, visual art by Creative Clay and ukulele player and visual artist Emily Stehle.

photo by Tom Kramer

Part of the Creative Pinellas Arts Annual festival 2021. Creative Clay’s visual art inspired by this script was on display at the Creative Pinellas Gallery November 11 through December 19, 2021.

Creative Clay’s visual artwork inspired by the script
Paula Kramer creating dance inspired by Sparks in the Rain with Creative Clay’s 2021 Transition students, who also created paintings inspired by the play that were on display at the Creative Pinellas Gallery from November 11-December 19, 2021

Tune for the Triangles
and Boing!

May 15, 2021
Roser Park, St. Petersburg

A joyous collaboration to celebrate the installation of new public artwork in lovely Roser Park – inspired by the bounce and rolling in Jeff Whipple’s artwork.

Created with Paula Kramer and featuring actor Jan Neuberger, dancers Helen Hansen French, Fernando Chonqui and Charlotte Johnson, Dwayne White on trumpet and Kendrick Wilson on tuba.

With a jolly parade before and after, plus the most spectacular downhill-rolling mic delivery Mayor Rick Kriseman has ever had, thanks to Fernando.

And well worthwhile when Jan asked a little girl after the show if she’d “like to be a ball” and she said yes, so they started bouncing.

Happy New Year

May 2, 2021
Sunscreen Film Festival

January 14 at 6:15 pm
Dunedin International Film Festival

December 11-20, 2020
The Studio@620, St. Petersburg

November 15, 2020
Creative Pinellas Arts Annual

A short film on disconnection, re-connection – and finding new ways to connect. 

A collaborative creation with choreographer Paula Kramer, director Jim Rayfield. . . dancers Helen Hansen French, Fernando Chonqui and Jessica Obiedzinski. . . visual artists Carrie Jadus, Tony Palms and Ana Maria Vasquez. . . filmmakers Eugenie Bondurant, Mary Rachel Quinn and Stefanie Davis. . . pianist-composer Tom Sivak. . . sound designer Matt Cowley and voice actors Bob Devin Jones and Sharon Scott. 

This project is made possible thanks to a St. Pete Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant and Paula Kramer’s Creative Pinellas Professional Artist Grant.

Tony Palms – Garlic and Onion Skin Map of the World

Tiny Plays by Telephone

May 17-June 4, 2020

Imaginative audio stories for kids and sleepless adults, performed live on the telephone in the stressed-out early days of the pandemic.

With Ned Averill-Snell, Eugenie Bondurant, Jan Neuberger, Mary Rachel Quinn, Stephanie Roberts, David Warner and Kate Young. Directed by Jim Rayfield, original song by Kate Young and soundscape by Matt Cowley.

With many thanks, as ever, to The Studio@620.


April 2020
A Dance-Powered Spaceship Launched by Words

Recorded live on Zoom in the early part of the pandemic – a play based on the favorite words of Creative Clay member artists and staff, performed by Eugenie Bondurant and Mary Rachel Quinn with dancer Paula Kramer, directed by James Rayfield and illustrated by Creative Clay. 



January 2020
USF St Petersburg Marine Science Building

A collaboration with the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Marine Science Department – with actor James Rayfield, dancer Paula Kramer, a bag of balloons and an electron microscope.



Dance, Theatre and Science


September 2019
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
A play for one actor, one viola player
and an unlimited number of visual artists

A woman is a law-abiding citizen – but not when it comes to the law of gravity. . .

Performed by Lisa Tricomi and the amazing artists of Creative Clay – with set design by Creative Clay, directed by James Rayfield and choreographed by Paula Kramer, and original music by viola player A.J. Vaughan.

A performance that inspired several hundred enthusiastic audience members to join the parade into the Museum of Fine Arts’ gorgeous display of Creative Clay’s ArtLink work.


February 7, 2019
Katee Tully’s ArtsXchange Studio, St Pete

Written for and performed by dancer Paula Kramer and actor Chris Rutherford, surrounded by multi-media artist Katee Tully’s loving and immersive installation.

While you’re wading in the water, distant galaxies are beckoning. When you’re stuck in traffic, think of flying. Sometimes quantum physics makes more sense than doing laundry.

Commissioned for the 2018 GASP! Festival at the Tampa Museum of Art and performed at USF St Pete, The Studio@620 and the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg. Created with choreographers Helen Hansen French and Paula Kramer, dancers Helen French, Erin Cardinal, Brian Fidalgo II and Alexander Jones, actors Eugenie Bondurant and Chris Rutherford, and viola player A.J. Vaughan.


April 2019
The Palladium Theater, St Pete

A story told in movement – inspired by the longing to break down walls on borders and the paintings of Ana Maria Vásquez.

Created with dancers Helen Hansen French and Alex Jones, sculptor Mark Aeling, sound designer Matt Cowley and lighting designer Joseph Oshry, performance bodypaint by Ana Maria Vásquez.

Mad Science

October 2019
The Studio@620, St. Petersburg

Celebrating Tom and Paula Kramer’s 65th anniversary with a dance-powered spaceship launched by actors Eugenie Bondurant, Jan Neuberger and Lisa Tricomi, dancers Helen Hansen French and Crystal DelGiudice, Tom Sivak on piano and Matt Cowley on drums. Directed by Vickie Daignault.

Fire Dance

October 2017
Florida Holocaust Museum

A Short Play with Dance Based on a Painting by Murray Zimiles.

I’m Here

March 2017
Tampa Museum of Art

A short play with dance, based on a photograph by Krystle Wright. Created with choreographer Paula Kramer, actor Becca McCoy and dancer Crystal DelGiudice. 

St Pete Synesthesia

March 2016
The Studio@620, St. Petersburg

Carrie Jadus’ palette, in the midst of Synesthesia

An all-day artistic chain reaction and performance, created in beautiful collaboration with literary, visual and performing artists.