Pana Columbus was the head writer and producer for Circle of Stones’ critically acclaimed production of Gilgamesh, performed at Allentown Symphony Hall, as well as the writer, director and producer for their award-winning production of The New Earth, performed at The Zoellner Arts Center. She also wrote and directed The Water Ceremony, performed at Muhlenberg College and The Initiation, performed at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center. She wrote the book and lyrics for eleven children’s musicals performed for Pebble Theatre, Circle of Stones’ children’s outreach program. She received her acting training at SUNY Purchase and The New Actors Workshop in New York. Favorite productions include playing Nina in The Sea Gull directed by Apollo Dukakis, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Paul Sills, Maenad in The Women Of Bakkhos, directed by Whit MacLaughlin, and Marguerite in University directed by Gene Hackman. In 1998, she began a four-year journey through Hawaii, Egypt, Europe, and Southwestern United States, studying how different cultures use music, dance, and story telling in their rituals. She discovered the synthesis of ritual with performance could make vital theatre to address concerns for the new millennium. In 2004, she co-founded Circle of Stones Ritual Theatre Ensemble to continue this exploration.