Catalina Lavalle is an artist and teacher and one of five children from a large Argentinian and Chilean-Portuguese family from Northern Virginia. She holds a BFA in Theater Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Graduate Certificate in Documentary Film-making from The George Washington University. Her theater performance studies focused primarily on physical and devised theater, a form of theater that originates from a collaborative, improvisatory, movement-based process. From 2008-2013, she worked with Synetic, a physical theater company from the Georgian Republic based in Washington, D.C., and independently as a performance artist.
In 2014, she retired from performance to pursue a career in education. Her background in theater extends to the classroom, where she uses play to support learning. It is a shared avocation that play serves a crucial role in human development by both honing skills and grounding us in fulfillment of being alive that drew her to Waldorf education. As the movement and games teacher, she is thrilled to be able to culminate years of professional experience into a curriculum that supports the growth of each Nevada Sage student.
She is the founder of Believe in Recess, a play consultancy and eco apparel line with the mission to “make play happen” and is currently developing a tool to help teachers bring play into their classrooms. In 2016, she established a small urban flower farm, Recreo Farm (Spanish for recess), which is in the early stages of relocating to Reno where she currently lives with her husband, Colby, and wirehaired pointing griffon, Orbit. She enjoys hiking and learning about native plants, watercolor painting, and stained glass and mosaic work. She is a native Spanish speaker.