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The Traveling Bohemians


The Traveling Bohemians!
is an autonomous eclectic collective of predominantly local artists.   Our purpose is to sustain and encourage the opportunity for alternative / experimental artistic expression.  We support local performers, writers, and artists by providing a venue for presentation of their work.   Complete freedom of expression is essential to artistic creation and our venue and productions are entirely free of censorship.

The Participating Artists are professionals, amateurs, and advanced students. Most of our poets and writers have been published locally and/or nationally, including poetry award recipients. Artists have showcased their talents and some are winners of juried exhibitions. Musicians, songwriters, and dancers have widely performed locally as well as around the country, and most have recorded CDs and/or videos. Many of our members also teach. Visiting performing artists often join in our events.

Artistic director, founder, and producer, Nadia Hava-Robbins, MA, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, is a storyteller, puppeteer, published poet, exhibiting artist, and a life-long dancer.  She has presented performances of dance, music, poetry, and storytelling in major cities and festivals across the USA and Canada, directed numerous plays, and appeared in a documentary film produced by the National Film Board of Canada. 

Technical director, Peter S. Robbins, is a lighting, sound reinforcement, and recoding engineer, videographer, and photographer, providing technical services to the theater groups, Redding's Earth Day Festival, Dave Short's Jazz at Old City Hall, and to local and visiting musicians and performers at the Loft and outside venues as well.

Gallery Manager & Assistant Theater Director, David Alexander Robbins, artist, actor, and musician, takes charge of procurement, display, and sales in the gallery, and with 10 years' experience in the performing arts is a principal in The Theater Lab and serves as assistant director for theater companies based at The Loft.

About Our Name
Bohemia is the Latin name for the Czech region of the former Czechoslovakia. During the Czech national revival in the 1700's the artists, musicians, writers, composers, and artisans who flourished in this region became known as "the Bohemians", and thus the terms "artist" and "bohemian" became  synonymous.
The Traveling Bohemians!

Create and Perform unique programs, intertwining and often uniting dance, poetry, story-telling, art, and music, presenting audiences with an inventive, cohesive, and colorful collage for the senses.

• Welcome Artists & Performers to exhibit and perform at our new home,


• Present School Programs and Private Events of Storytelling, Puppetry & Marionettes, Dance, and Cultural Diversity.

• Produce Shows & Festivals:
Multi-disciplinary, Multicultural Dance Festivals, Storytelling Festivals, Single Artist Performances at our home and at other major venues.

• Provide Technical Support including sound reinforcement, location recording, lighting, promotional assistance to local and visiting musicians, songwriters, and a variety of performances, festivals, and community presentations.

• Support and Encourage local artists of all disciplines to join the group for performances and/or publications and exhibits.

What people are saying about The Traveling Bohemians and The Loft:

"I just want to tell you how magnificent it was to attend your performance and to have this in our community. Thank you!"

"I have attended the Traveling Bohemians' productions, and I just wanted to laud you all for bringing a touch of real culture and entertainment to Shasta County... Please continue this venture."

"As a director and performer, Nadia is experimenting, doing something different, risky, controversial, refreshing, and I think wonderful..."

"Thank you for bringing incredible talent, artistic excellence, and passion to this community. We thoroughly enjoyed the eve. We laughed and discussed and thought about it several more times over the weekend."

"Nadia... brought tears to my eyes. You embodied the human positive live force itself... it was overwhelmingly and simultaneously beautiful and tragic for me... Thank you."

"Thank you again for participating in our Children's Entertainment Summer program... We received wonderful feedback from both the children and their parents... Thank you for taking the time to interact with the children and show them how the puppets worked... Thank you!"


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