Jerry Falek, master teacher and performing artist, has worked with children, teachers, and audiences of all ages for more than 40 years. His teaching programs blend a background in special education with wide-ranging experience as a storyteller, puppeteer, dancer, and clown. He is known for bringing uniquely crafted performances and residences to such places as Lucille Packard Children's Hospital and Soledad Prison, and to schools, libraries, and museums in Central California, Alaska, Cambodia, the Caribbean, and Germany. He is also an award-winning bread baker and basket maker. Mr. Falek has collaborated with NUMU since 2006.
Eli Torres is the Education Programs Manager at NUMU. He is an artist and art educator with an array of academic and work experience in the field of visual arts. He graduated with a Bachelors in Studio Art and Art Education from Humboldt State University and has worked as an art facilitator for groups of all ages and backgrounds. He derives joy and purpose from sharing his passion and experience with art.
For Megumi, storytelling is a universe where we express ourselves creatively, explore and learn "difficult" topics with ease and often humor, and listen and connect deeply with one another. She grew up in Japan and the United States with a Japanese mom, a white dad from Los Angeles, three brothers and a sister. It was a rich and turbulent life sometimes with intercultural communication, perspective, and celebration of diversity, and oftentimes not. Megumi loves NUMU, where visual art and culture intersect with an appreciation for storytelling and children's social-emotional learning. When not at NUMU, she facilitates personal storytelling classes for incarcerated men and leads parenting classes locally.