Leaps & Bounds

Leaps & Bounds is a one woman show that skillfully layers storytelling, song, dance, music and ritual. It is a theatrical journey that moves from the beginning of time and space, through the biblical narratives about our relationship with Earth, and connects the earliest errors of human society to the perilous principles that drive economic growth. It is both educational and entertaining, challenging and hope-filled, and sheds light on the personal transformation that must accompany our cultural transformation.

Developed and performed by Tevyn East, written in part by Ched Myers and Carl Magruder, this show has been shared with more than 150 communities across the country, in venues both humble and prestigious. Learn more about where it has been, or how to share this show with your community.

Show Themes

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Sabbath Economics

“At its root, Sabbath observance is about gift and limits: the grace of receiving that which the Creator gives, and the responsibility not to take too much, nor to mistake the gift for a possession.” Learn more at sabbatheconomics.org

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Ecological Economics

This field of academic research recognizes the ecological limits of the earth and suggests that the economy will only be sustainable as a subsystem within the greater ecological system. Learn more with this teaching series.

Tevyn performing Leaps and Bounds with staff

Creation Spirituality

“It is both a tradition and a movement, celebrated by mystics and agents of social change from every age and culture.” – These words come from Matthew Fox, an author and priest who teaches about Creation Spirituality. Learn more.

Tevyn East dancing above a rock with forest in background

Deep Ecology

This movement and school of thought moves beyond an anthropocentric approach to conservation and articulates the inherent value and wisdom of the natural world. It is core to the Work that Reconnects by Joanna Macy. Learn more.


Recently adapted into a film, Leaps & Bounds continues to inspire individuals and communities to consider their response to the ecological and economic crises now upon us.

Show Collaborators



Carl Magruder, aka “the earthquaker,” is a practitioner and longtime advocate for sustainable lifeways and an earth-centered spirituality, as well as fiddle playing and cheese making. He is endorsed by his Quaker community to work as a palliative care chaplain for ResolutionCare in Eureka, CA where he continues to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.


MARTHA MENDENHALL, performance director

For the past 20 years, Martha Mendenhall has worked as an actor, director and playwright, with an emphasis on creating original performance through ensemble collaboration. Currently, Martha is seeking to expand her artistic work into the fields of film and TV, through her study toward an MFA in Professional Screenwriting. Learn more about Martha here.


CHED MYERS, writer

is an activist theologian, biblical scholar, popular educator, author, organizer and advocate who has for 35 years been challenging and supporting Christians to engage in peace and justice work and radical discipleship. His scholarship and counsel has helped shape the Carnival de Resistance. Learn more.Learn more.

Grace Totherow playing guitar

GRACE TOTHEROW, songwriter

Grace Tea Totherow is a dancing, storytelling, music-making, poetess, alchemist fusing modes of expression in her performance art and her teaching. She has produced musical albums and her own one woman show. She is currently a student in Portland Community College’s Sign Language Interpreting Program.

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