Self-Description - exuberant
Her Inner Light - mischievous laughter
Her message to women everywhere - “Don’t be afraid, embrace your witchiness.”
Born to a Russian mother and Kentuckian father, Polina's is a special brew of bloodlines, coursing with creativity, magic the likes found in fairy tales, and grand world artistry. Raised in the East Coast, Polina Smith has since a young age loved theater, which she shaped as she grew with her zeal for social justice. She followed her passion to India where she studied street theater, to Montreal where she specialized in a theater program for social change and to San Francisco where she practiced clowning with a circus center. In 2015, Polina founded Crescent Moon Theater Productions and produces original work across different disciplines of dance, music and circus. “Each of us has in our souls something that we came into this world with, something that our spirit loves. And life is for discovering what that is and reveling in it. For me that’s theater.” Polina says.
While themes of poverty, addiction, feminine empowerment, self-understanding and spiritual enlightenment drive her performances, Polina also brings a lighter side with her art. She regularly hosts a literary clown cabaret open to the public in which she transforms into her clown character, the chauvinist know-it-all, Dr. Schmidt. On certain Mondays throughout the year the good doctor can be found expounding his views on navigating womanhood, engaging properly at social functions with or without smelling fragrant, and mastering Burning Man pyrotechnics.
Within her creative Matryoshkas, Polina draws from a wellspring of integrity. She has always been deeply curious about human nature, spirituality and questions around what it means to live a fulfilling life. As she walked an unconventional path guided by her creative spirit, she has studied under many disciplines, from physical fitness to the spiritual and shamanic and taken mentorship under various thought leaders and healers. Grateful for these experiences, Polina launched Dreamcatcher’s Coaching, through which she offers life coaching for women. Through one-on-one and in small groups, Polina brings herheart, sense of humor and multidisciplinary practices to help women define their purpose and embrace a meaningful life. Polina questions our pervasive culture of self-hate. Why do we live with work that we don’t care about? Why do we move through life in such misalignment with our values? "I am passionate about helping women get unstuck from a soulless cycle of living,” Polina says.
In a day and age where there is endless output, Polina is a rare gift of a listener. She hears both what is said and unsaid. She honors each person, and her output is about creating space and clarity for those she coaches. Both nurturing and practical, she helps women recognize their stumbling blocks and turn these into learning moments towards becoming their best selves. Women find their way to Polina during moments of professional or personal change and come away from Dreamcatching with her brimming with freedom and actionable steps towards a fulfilled life.
Photos by Terry Schmidbauer