Below is my CV. And a photo from one of the most beautiful cities in the world…


The Kursalon, Vienna

An enchanting evening of Mozart, Strauss, Verdi (O mio babbino caro—my favorite aria!), & Brahms, which followed an absolutely dream-like day in which I learned the waltz! Well, lesson 1 of the waltz…


Published pieces & Experience:

St. Louis Anthology, Belt Press June 2019 Two pieces: Pilgrim on the Interstate & St. Louis: A Portrait 2019

Panorama, the Journal of Intelligent Travel:   Title:  Dr. Premachandra’s Pilgrimage; Mapping the Midwest from a Cadillac October 2018

President, Dances of India—Celebrating its 42nd season in 2019, this is one of the oldest classical Indian dance companies in the United States.

*Artistic Director Asha Premachandra won a 2018 St. Louis Visionary Award.*

In addition to performing, I administer the company and write and narrate our original productions.  Examples include:

1.    The Forgotten Ramayana: The Tale of Urmila, the Sleeping Princess 2018

”The Tale of Urmila, the Sleeping Princess was extraordinary. The narrative, the staging, the beauty of the costumes and dance, the clever (and beautiful) way you represented the five significant episodes within the tale by unrolling the images, and your rendition as narrator were all terrific. I was transported. “—Lesley Wellman, Head of Multigenerational Learning, Saint Louis Art Museum

 2.     The Music of Water—tales told along India’s rivers.  2016

 “The entire performance was so great. Your performance was outstanding and the St. Louis Ballet piece was wonderful as well.”—Lynn Maupin, Program Manager, St. Louis Regional Arts Commission.

 3.     Devi of the Ashes—or, Cinderella in India   2017

 “ I was very impressed with the quality of the performance. I also noticed that the performance was well attended and that the audience was diverse, with people of various ages and racial backgrounds. That means that your work appeals to a broad audience, which is excellent.”—Felicia Shaw, Executive Director, St. Louis Regional Arts Commission.

 Additional Public Speaking/Skills

 Public Speaking:

--Full Effort is Full Victory; Gandhi, King, and the Persistent Path to Peace. I gave this talk several times in 2018, @ Missouri History Museum:   January 14, 2018

Florissant Valley Community College: February 28, 2018

St. Louis Ethical Society: March 28, 2018

Pfizer Pharmaceuticals: May 11, 2018

Ladue Chapel (as part of a 4-week series of talks on the religions/history/art of the Indian subcontinent): October 28, 2018

—Saint Louis Art Museum Storytelling for International Day of Peace September 23, 2018

—Saint Louis Art Museum: The Strong Wondrous Song of the Body—Myth, Movement, & Metamorphosis in the Sculpture of Degas, Sintenis, and Kolbe. August 2-3, 2018

--Saint Louis Art Museum:  An Iridescent Exchange: Fashion & the Fantastic Along the Silk Road. August 31 & September 1, 2017

I have also performed and spoken at many corporations, universities, schools, cultural institutions, etc. about classical Indian dance & culture, including Pfizer, Anheuser-Busch, Kirkwood Public Library, Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, etc.

 Readings of my own work:

--St. Louis Anthology Release Party June 14, 2019

—St. Louis County Library October 16, 2018

--Southwest Illinois College, East St. Louis, IL October 2016 & February 2010

Reference Contact:  Treasure Shields Redmond,  Professor of English


--Washington University, St. Louis, October 2016 @ a memorial for Professor of Classics Kevin Herbert.

Reference Contact:    Cathy Reilly, organizer

Tel:  (314)-791-6917   Email: 



M.A. Finance, Webster University,    London, England, 1997

B.A. French, Washington University, 1990  Elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Studied one year at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne.

Additional Employment/Skills:

 Grant-Writing. I have received written & received grants for our company for years.

Language Consultant @ Interac, Yokhohama Japan, 1991-1992. I taught Business English at Mitsubishi, Hitachi, etc.

Reference Letters Available Upon Request