Julia has been described as, “warm”, “loving”, “refreshing” and “alive”! With over 2500 hours of performance and facilitation experience, Julia knows what it takes to captivate a room and have an impact. Julia has 15 years of professional training in performance, voice and speaking including a B.A. in Acting from Emerson College. She also studied at the internationally renowned physical theater training institute, The Grotowski Center, in Poland. She is a WholeSpeak certified public-speaking coach, a Magnetic Speaking Trainer and a certified Big Impact Speaker through Mark Grainger and Shannon Law. She’s taught yoga and voice internationally and has toured to offer workshops and trainings across the country.
Johanna is the fear-blasting, storytelling maven for entrepreneurs and people with a mission. She helps men and women with a mission put their powerful stories and from-the-heart voices out front so they can have the impact they want to have, reach the clients they’re meant to serve, and change the world in big and small ways. Since 1997 she’s helped hundreds break through fears, step into leadership, and claim their place at the table through speaking. She’s worked with teenage girls, incarcerated women, fledgling entrepreneurs and corporate execs, over and over witnessing the transformative power of telling our stories and speaking our truths. Johanna is the co-producer and co-host of Boulder’s popular bi-monthly story slam series, Truth Be Told and is the founder of GET REAL Public Speaking She holds an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University.
Jodi has been performing, producing and creating for the past 20 years, 12 of those in the bay area. She has worked with companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Oakland Opera, and was the Co-director of Caboodle Clown Theater. For the past 8 years her clientele has ranged from internationally known companies such as Google, Intel, Apple, Cisco, YouTube Live, W Hotels in addition to providing services for a variety of circus entertainment companies such as Earth Circus, Velocity Circus and Henna Garden. As a selected resident artist of Climate Theater and the Exit Theater she wrote, produced, starred, and directed her own show. Jodi is passionate and heavily invested in giving back to her community and was once a teacher at an alternative high school. As a resident artist for Young Audiences of Northern California, Jodi taught classrooms of 20-50 children educational, dance classes to underserved schools as well as directed and performed in school assemblies for 12+ years. Since her promotion to Master Artist, she has represented Northern California at regional conferences, lead workshops for artist new to the agency and is involved in several planning committees within. Jodi has been studying under Jonathan Bender for the past two years.
Cristie comes from a background in Somatics (working with, and through the body, to create lasting changes) with a strong dose of creativity. She is a certified Whole Speak Coach as well as a Master Somatic Coach from Strozzi Institute.S he believes in a whole body approach to life and its changes. We are not just a thinking being, but are a living organism of sensations, moods, and aliveness. By bringing awareness to our sensations and our body, as well as our mind, we have a wealth of information. Shifting the body, will shift our moods, and our capacity for action and sustainable change. She has a background in dance through the 5 Rhythms practice, Ecstatic Dance, and is a Dancing Freedom Facilitator. Cristie is also an artist and storyteller. She believes in the importance of play, laughter, and creativity in all things, especially ones that might scare us, like public speaking. As a performer and storyteller who has experienced lots of anxiety, she has applied her own coaching methods to assist her in working through the body to develop a stronger, more grounded, centered and empowered presence on stage. Cristie is currently steeped in studying the principles of clown and mask work and is super excited about including these principles and practices in her coaching. She also works with kids as a tutor and has taught adults with developmental disabilities.
Jonathan Bender, MS, MFA - Founder of WholeSpeak, LLC
WholeSpeak, LLC founder Jonathan Bender, MS, MFA has been active in public speaking, live performance, and “the performance of everyday life” for 30 years, as well as on a path of personal and spiritual growth since a very young age. Educationally, he began with a BA in Dramatic Art and Anthropology from UC Berkeley, later followed by a Master’s Degree in Performance Studies and Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where he specialized in the study of everyday life as performance. Next, his MFA program in Theater: Contemporary Performance at Naropa University specialized in physical, ensemble-developed theater and the creation of new work. There, he trained with such luminaries as Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project (renowned for The Laramie Project and I Am My Own Wife), Meredith Monk and The House, and the SITI Company. He has been a performer since the mid-1980’s and a theater director since 1989, and his writing has been produced in various theaters since the 1990’s. He began working as a speech coach and acting teacher in 1995. In the Belly of the Whale, his solo show on Jewish identity, toured nationwide, and he is Artistic Director of The Illuminated Theater. Jonathan’s coaching combines his love for live performance with a lifelong quest for fostering personal growth and societal transformation. After observing that his acting and public speaking workshops were transforming his students not just as performers but also in their everyday lives, he sought to make these techniques available to the general public. To fulfill this missive, he created WholeSpeak to offer highly effective coaching, workshops and seminars to provide individuals and corporations with immediate and discernible results. He has trained thousands of performers and public speakers at colleges and universities, private acting studios, and at multiple schools in California and Colorado. Over time, Jonathan realized he held a particular gift for helping entrepreneurs and holistic practitioners, who themselves value personal and spiritual growth, to hone their message and their business to create impact in their ideal clients’ lives while creating an abundant income. Jonathan resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, and frequently travels to coach, lead workshops, give keynotes, direct and perform. He now leads online trainings, classes and workshops, and works with a small number of private clients who are ready to invest in the highest expertise of speaking.