Isabel is a Romanian-American artist and educator who believes in the power of ritual storytelling. As a classically trained singer and lay-practitioner of Mindfulness in the Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, she incorporates music and meditation as central methods of truth-telling.
Isabel has brought the Sound Intentions Circle to non-profit and advocacy organizations, universities, and houses of worship. As a differently-abled and queer person, she seeks to create new spaces that facilitate dialogue between people of different abilities and identities. She leads monthly workshops at MINKA Brooklyn, open to the public and sliding-scale. She is also a member of storytelling and progressive worship collective Yes And Ministry. Yes And intentionally places experiences of marginalized peoples at the forefront of their interactive ritual performances.
Isabel has her Master's in Theology and the Arts from Union Theological Seminary where she studied ritual transformation, feminist biblical criticism, ecotheology, and interreligious dialogue. She grew under the guidance of leading feminist theologians, Hyun Kyung Chung, Janet R. Walton, and Brigitte Kahl. She has served as Manuscript Editor of FERNS, the Student Journal of Environmental Stewardship at Yale University and some of her poetry and prose out in the world can be found here.
Isabel was born-and-raised in Queens, New York and is now based in Brooklyn, where she lived with her partner Dani and their pup Potato.
Isabel has collaborated with, performed and facilitated workshops at:
American Theatre of Actors
Avery Fischer Hall
Blue Cliff Monastery
Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
Church of St. Paul the Apostle
Church of the Village
CUNY Hunter College
General Theological Seminary
Good Shepherd Services
Manhattan School of Music
New York University
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
St. Lydia's Dinner Church and Co-Working Space
St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Williamsburg
The Jewish Theological Seminary
The Riverside Church in the City of New York
The Rubin Museum of Art
Union Congregational Church
Union Theological Seminary
Westbeth Artist Housing
13th Street Repertory Company