Meet The Lab Series Team!

Hi! I’m Adam James Blair, Labs Series Business Manager. I’m from Northern Ireland and currently splitting my time between Vancouver, Canada and California along with my wife, Zibby and our dog Kona. I’m a visual artist with fascination in the ways art and commerce interplay. I love painting (abstracts mostly), photography (landscapes, architecture, and shapes), sports, fashion, interior design and dogs.

I’m passionate about the art of storytelling in all its various forms and I am incredibly grateful to assist in expanding the reach of the Lab Series. I look forward to connecting with both alumni and new students! I consider it an honour to play any part in helping you tell YOUR story. Reach out to me at

I am so excited to be here! My name is Erin Way and I have worked with Joan and The Technique™ as an actor since 2007. Over that time I have worked with fellow artists such as Mark Ruffalo, Miranda July, Marianna Palka, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Scott, Rupert Saunders, and countless others. After living in LA for over a decade, I decided to relocate to Portland, Oregon where I currently live with my husband Chris, son Finnegan and dog Maude. Being part of the team that brings The Technique™ into artists lives is a dream come true. I am passionate about meaning, storytelling, words and organizing. Reach out to me anytime at

Kia Ora, I'm Jackie Alixander, The Lab Series Production & Media Manager. I'm from Aotearoa (New Zealand). I'm a songwriter, writer, and multi-media creator. My passions are music, performance, story, and all things creative. As media manager, I love connecting with you and I am excited to support you in telling your story from your voice! Please reach out anytime at ~ he hono katoa

I am thrilled to be a part of this team. I am Chris Szajbert, a writer, director, performer and JSFL alumni who is committed to supporting my fellow artists along their JSFL journey. My work in theater, experimental film and street performance has been supported by the The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, SPACES Urgent Art Fund, The Center for Performance and Civic Practice, and others. I also facilitate the development of original performance with members of my Cleveland community: youth living in public housing, immigrant and refugee teens, and adults in recovery. I am deeply passionate about learning and sharing tools that serve the artist with us all. Reach out to me at

Hi! I’m Halle Purdom, the Consulting Lab Series Student Coordinator. I’m a dancer, instrumentalist, physicist, and aspiring data scientist that's passionate about the arts, music, and my two cats. As student coordinator I love connecting with each and every one of you, and connecting you all to the Lab Series. 

Hi! I'm Sonia Gannon, The Consulting Lab Series Producer. I‘m into story, meaning, food, excel, my Chihuahua and making lists.

I'm also into business operations, and I'm set on growing and spreading awareness of The Lab Series! Connecting students to the Labs and to each other is what gets me going.  The world needs your stories told in your voice, and to help connect you closer to that in any way is a true privilege.