Black Swan's co-artistic director, Helen Stoltzfus premiered her solo play, LIKE A MOTHER BEAR, at the 27th annual “Ko Festival of Performance” in Amherst, MA this July.

LIKE A MOTHER BEAR follows Helen’s personal journey to healing in which she discovered the Great Bear Mother of the imagination, the intimate connection between her illness and the environment, and the very real endangered grizzly bear that she encountered in Alaska.

A compelling quest for birth of spirit… San Francisco Examiner

This is a deeply significant personal journey that has great meaning for individual women and for the planet... Jean Shinoda Bolen, author of Goddesses in Every Woman and Close to the Bone


LIKE A MOTHER BEAR was adapted into the awarding-winning film, SEND WORD, BEAR MOTHER by Helen Stoltzfus and Lynn Feinerman of Crown Sefira Productions. Visit the website:

“Best Docudrama”, New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.   

“Creative Excellence Award”, Earthvision Environmental Film and Video Festival.