HEARTY (AKA D. Heartlife), EarthCapades executive director, co-founder and performer, has been a professional entertainer and entrepreneur since 1987. After receiving a BA in Environmental Education he became a teacher and was instantly a huge hit performing as a storyteller, unicyclist and juggler.
Hearty co-founded the Boogie Down Jugglers in San Francisco and created the Greatest Show 4 Earth, which he performed on television and in schools, festivals and family theatres all across the continent. In 1997 Hearty and Lissin created EarthCapades Environmental Vaudeville.
Hearty has studied comedy with Dan Holzman of the Raspyni Brothers and acrobatics with Mr. LuYi, a highly respected Chinese Master. Amongst other talents, Hearty is a circus arts coach, massage therapist, web-master, tree hugger, sensational surfer, and an all around bald guy.“Hearty is dynamic and genuine–I wish all presenters were like him! A great mix of accessible information with age-appropriate and appealing entertainment.” Aftercare Director, Contra Costa Jewish Day School, California