The son and grandson of writers and painters, Wolfe Bowart was always encouraged to pursue his passion. His innate talent for physical expression showed itself early – Bowart learned the circus arts from age 9 and began performing as a teen. On gaining his classical training at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts (the specialist visual arts and performing arts university), Bowart furthered his studies with mentors as diverse as performance artist Rachel Rosenthal and members of Cirque du Soleil.
As a playwright and multidisciplinary performer, Wolfe Bowart’s work has been produced for the theatre in the U.S., Australia and in Europe. Harold’s Big Feat and Smoke Fire Fish had their premieres at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum, where in the 1990s Bowart was installed as the Resident Clown. The California Youth Theatre commissioned Seven Baskets for Khalid, Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis produced Table Settings and Maine’s Arts Centre at Kingdom Falls commissioned and produced Bowart and fellow performer Beverly Mann in The Daft and the Daring. Bowart's play
Lemmings and Pallbearers won the Best of the Festival at the New City Theatre Festival in Seattle. Charcos Secos was created for Atenau Popular in Barcelona, Spain. The award-winning Through the Sipapu was co-written with friends Steve White (Blue Man Group) and Bill Robison.
In 2002, Bowart founded the company Spoon Tree Productions. Under this banner he has written, performed and garnered international recognition for The Shneedles, LaLaLuna, and the Helpmann Award® nominees Letter’s End and The Man the Sea Saw. In 2013, Bowart was the recipient of the Creative Development Fellowship, awarded by the West Australian Department of Culture and the Arts. In the same year, Bowart was a Finalist in the 2013 Australian Arts in Asia Awards, honouring his tours of The Man the Sea Saw and LaLaLuna in Hong Kong and South Korea. As a director and artist-in-residence, Bowart has brought physical theatre to people of all ages in conjunction with the Los Angeles Music Centre, Wolf Trap, the Ahmanson Theatre, the Playwrights Project, California Youth Theatre, the Virginia Avenue Project, the Mark Taper Forum and Australia’s National Institute of Circus Arts.
Kerryn Negus is an arts producer working in film and theatre. In the film industry, Kerryn has worked in acquisition, development, and marketing and PR. As Vice President of the Los Angeles office of PR agency DDA, her client roster included Miramax Films, New Line Films and Summit International and she regularly represented films at the Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals.
In 2003, she moved into theatre, joining with partner Wolfe Bowart to create the touring company SpoonTree Productions. Kerryn has produced more than fifty tours of SpoonTree’s original physical theatre works to countries around the world. A recent highlight was a national tour of France, including dates at
the Festival Effervescence alongside works by Philippe Genty, Daniele Finzi Pasca and James Thiérrée. The company's tours of Australia have twice been honored with Helpmann Award nominations (the Australian Tony Awards) in the categories of Best Touring Production and Best Visual/Physical Theatre Production. In 2015, Kerryn co-produced the Tucson Festival of Films, working with the city’s tourism and film offices, and securing the participation of Martin Scorsese, Ellen Burstyn and Diane Ladd among others. She has been working with the UA Hanson Film Institute since early 2016.