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Cynthia Katherine Splatt

October 28, 1951 ~ November 13, 2021 (age 70)


Cynthia was a teacher, a writer and an actor. She described herself as a peaceful soul but also a swords-woman. She studied historical fencing and learned that she had a gift for teaching and the patience to share her passions with others. She was born in Chicago, spent her early childhood in Wilmette, but lived most of her life in northern California and lived in Paris for several years. She finally returned to Chicago, where she began her life-journey. Each place made an imprint on her that shaped the person she became. She reflected the best of each. The French actor and director Louis Jouvet said that the theater is more than art - it is an act of faith. So it is not surprising that she traversed the worlds of performing arts, faith formation and teaching. She is the first American (and woman) Provost of the French Academy of Arms. She held several positions in the Archdiocese including Director of Religious Education at St. Margaret Mary Parish, Chicago, Director of Religious Education St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Director of Adult Faith Formation & Religious Education St. Athanasius Parish, Director of Religious Education St. Mary Parish, Assistant Director of Religious Education SS. Faith, Hope & Charity, Worship Commission, Liturgical Minister, RCIA, Docent Council St. Ignatius Parish. In California she was Director of Religious Education and Liturgy Coordinator Holy Family Chinese Mission & St. Mary's Chinese Day School, and taught at Notre Dame High School Belmont, California, Menlo School Atherton, California, Schools of the Sacred Heart, Convent High School San Francisco, California, and St. Mary's Chinese Day School San Francisco, California. She was a Producer, Director, Actor, Designer of Performing Arts , Co-founder & Artistic Director, bilingual theatre company, Compagnie San Francisco, Paris, Producer & Host, weekly ecumenical radio broadcast, Radio Notre Dame, Paris Stage Combat Choreographer, Jeune Théâtre National, Paris, EXPATcompany, Paris, New Shakespeare Company, San Francisco. She performed audio books and was a published author. Her published works include AIDS, Audio Scholar; Cyberspace: Essays from MIT Press, Audio Scholar; Life into Art, Isadora Duncan and Her World; Forget Not Love: The Passion of Maximilian Kolbe; Isadora Duncan & Gordon Craig: The Prose & Poetry of Action; Theophane Vénard, Martyr of Vietnam, translated from French by Cynthia Splatt; and Victor/Marcel Duchamp, stage adaptation by Cynthia Splatt, Produced at Théâtre de Ranelagh, Paris, France. Cynthia was a teacher, a writer and an actor. A life well lived.


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