Biographies

Isaiah

Isaiah Bischoff – Director

Isaiah is the fourteen-year-old director of All In The Circle. He was 12 when he attended camp and started shooting the documentary. Almost all of the scenes in the documentary were shot by Isaiah himself. He directed all of the interviews and has overseen the post-production process.

He is a freshman at Minneapolis South High School, where he is on cross country and track team. Isaiah has his own video production business making videos for people about their families or businesses. Recently he made a short video/documentary independently about an Indian restaurant called Gandhi Mahal in his neighborhood. The restaurant is focused on sustainable practices and it has a garden in the basement.

He wants to pursue a career in filmmaking. Isaiah lives in Minneapolis with his parents, sister, and dog named Bella.

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Erin Pratt – Camp & Nature Director

Erin Pratt, LPC is the program director at MNIPL where she designs, coordinates, and facilitates programming for MNIPL and individual faith communities. Erin’s training is as a therapist working with children, youth, and families in nature-based settings. Her passion is facilitating experiences for children and youth that enrich their sense of self in place and community through the practice of storytelling, sensory based play and building a culture of kindness.

In both academic and clinical settings, Erin has conducted evaluations and research on family health and the efficacy of clinical practices. Erin was a psychology fellow at the Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center at the University of Minnesota where she practiced advocacy, offered leadership training, and conducted research.

Over the last 14 years, Erin has also applied her advocacy skills in service of human rights, U.S. policy change, and environmental conservation here in the U.S. as well as abroad.

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AJ Pratt – Artistic Director

All in the Circle sprang forth from AJ’s vast experience as an educator and program director over the last 30 years. She holds a deep interest in exploring what elements are critical in nurturing the developmental growth of children.

How do children benefit from play and exploration in nature? What passions do children naturally have that feed their growth as a healthy member of the earth community? How do the arts and music speak to the hearts of children? What is needed to assist children in experiencing their spiritual selves? How can the children be helped to understand that they belong and are an important part of the whole earth community?

She put all of these questions into one pot. Mixed in talented professionals and children and out came All in the Circle!

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David Howell – Producer

David Howell has been a broadcast producer for advertising agencies in Minneapolis for 18 years. With a background in production, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Western Michigan University.

His outside projects include producing musical artists, playing the guitar, and producing short films and music videos. David has been active in the Climate movement for over 6 years and has collaborated on “Pets Against Pipelines” with MN350. David lives in Minneapolis with his adorable wife and handsome dog Max.

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Clint Bohaty – Editor

Clint Bohaty is the lead editor for “All in the Circle”. He is a Director and Editor who’s been working in Minneapolis for 10 years. He is a creative storyteller and applies his talents to creating board games, and documentary and narrative filmmaking. He is a graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design and lives in Minneapolis with his cat Olive.

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Fatawu Sayibu – West African Drum & Dance

Fatawu Sayibu, Master Dancer and Drummer, is the founder and choreographer of Tiyumba Dance Company. Fatawu is from the Northern Region of Ghana and comes from a drumming family. His traditional dances and use of the talking drum tell the stories of his culture, country, and people.

In Tamale, Ghana, Fatawu has founded a cultural school M’Bangba for the children and youth to study their traditional drum and dance and to support them in pursuing their academic schooling.

Fatawu is a performer, a teacher, a choreographer and a mentor to the children in his community, as well as his students here in the U.S. His students learn that West African music and dance brings joy, creates peace, love and unity!

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Bob Klanderud – Cultural Elder

Bob Klanderud, of Dakota and Lakota heritage, is a Native Elder who brings the wisdom and stories of Native Spirituality to our camp. Bob will be leading prayers, teaching dances, and sharing wisdom from the First Nations Peoples of Minnesota.

Bob also is a volunteer with Healing Minnesota Stories who also advocates for Native Father’s groups and works with the Department of Corrections providing spiritual services for Native inmates.

 

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