BiographyCia Sautter is a scholar who also dances, acts and tells stories to translate old tales into modern dramas. With a doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), she brings a wealth of training and experience to her work.
Cia's academic work is inter-disciplinary, and she combined History of Religions with Religion and the Arts for her doctorate. Though her teaching specialty is in World Religions, especially Judaism and Hinduism, because of her broad training she has taught classes ranging from New Testament to Spirituality to Ethics. Schools she has taught at include College of St. Scholastica, St. Cloud State, United Theological Seminary, and GTU.
Though she has learned many dance forms, Cia now focuses on Flamenco, and studied with master teacher Susana Di Palma for many years. Also inspired by acting study, especially at the Globe theatre in London, she gradually developed Storydance theatre, using a combination of active storytelling and dance. She creates work combining her knowledge and skills, often re-writing Jewish folktales with a modern twist. Locally, she has performed at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, producing her own feminist retelling of the Golem story, called Golmah. She has also performed at small venues and schools, in larger shows with Anda Flamenco, featured as a soloist in Zorongo student shows, and performed nationally and internationally at conferences and events.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Religion, Arts, and Culture
Performance Studies in Religion
History of Religions
Spiritual traditions involving the arts and movement, including dance and theatre.