Catherine Fordham

Catherine Fordham

Admissions and Communication Coordinator

We are so pleased that Catherine joined Middle Way, with her innate creativity and her experience as a second generation Buddhist. It’s rare to find someone with her distinct qualities. Since early 2021, she has been working closely with Noa on the dharma curriculum, helping to invent songs, rituals, engaging lessons, teacher/parent development and our graduation ceremonies. Her role is expanding to support administration with enrollment and communications.

I grew up in Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Buddhist community in Colorado and Nova Scotia. I attended a Buddhist “Sunday school” called Bodhi School, participated in two Rites of Passage programs (at 8 and 16), attended the Shambhala Sun summer camp, and a Buddhist kindergarten and Middle School. The vibrant culture of my childhood imbues everything I do today, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Middle Way community to continue the thread. 

An actor since age 8, I eventually transitioned to working behind the camera as a screenwriter and director. My short films have screened at festivals worldwide, and I’m in the process of making my first narrative feature. I consider my training in contemplative performance under Carolyn Kanjuro, a student of Chogyam Trungpa, as the core of my creative work and the heart of my practice as an artist. A recent upstate transplant from Brooklyn, I have a newfound passion for gardening, foraging, and exploring the wilds of the Northeast.