Natasha La Gitana juggles many creative pursuits! She has been an enthusiastic member of the Central Texas Storytelling Guild in Austin since the early 1980s.

While continuously researching multicultural folklore, she has created several puppet shows, using both hand and shadow puppets. Through her involvement with Renaissance Festivals, art and music shows, she is also a jewelry craftsperson. She designs and sells woven silk and metallic thread earrings and pendants (“Mandala Jewels”). Natasha holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Temple University (Phila., PA.), an M. Ed. from Texas State University (San Marcos, TX.) and Texas teaching certificates in both elementary and art education. She continues to teach for Austin ISD, primarily in the dual language programs. Above all, she enjoys facilitating workshops in puppet design and story development for both children and adults.