About Us

Connection, creativity, and PLAY are more important now than ever before.
Showing up and allowing ourselves to be fully seen is an invaluable tool for catalyzing foundational change in yourself, your community, and systemically.

Co-founded by Christopher J Beaulieu and Malia’Kekia Nicolini, B4 The Other Creations specializes in teaching Play and Vulnerability. Mindfully derived from our experiences performing and educating through physical theater and mindfulness. Founded on principles of equity, the company was devised in 2018 after decades of witnessing transformative breakthroughs from participants of all ages. B4 The Other is rooted in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. We acknowledge the ancestral peoples of the Mohican and Wabanaki Confederacy land that we reside on. Prior to Covid, B4 The Other traveled throughout the United States and internationally offering professional development, theatrical productions, and educational residencies.

Covid19 halted our business as we once knew it. It has empowered us to find sustainability by transitioning the play of B4 The Other to online platforms. Including Patreon and seven week courses in our Pedagogy Of Play offered through Zoom. Although the world is still finding healing, the necessity to stay creative, build community, and Play is our priority.

“The truth is that play seems to be one of the most advanced methods nature has invented to allow a complex brain to create itself.” - Dr Stuart Brown MD

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Christopher J Beaulieu
(He/Him)
Christopher is known as “The Game Changer” and “The Playmaker” across the globe.

A first generation American born to immigrant parents of Scottish and French Canadian descent. He is an educator and artist with over 25 years of experience facilitating Community Building and Play Exploration rural retreats, educational residencies, and now online workshops. Being one of the pioneers of facilitating Play work, he is certain that the level of effort, risk and communication we put into our lives is in direct correlation with what we get out of them.

Training: Shakespeare & Company, Dell Arte International (Graduate), Movement Chair of SETC, Society of American Fight Directors, Pilobolus, and Creatively Independent

Awards: Paddy Crean SAFD, Recognized Advanced Actor Combatant with Society of American Fight Directors

Malia’Kekia Nicolini
(She/Her)
Malia’Kekia has been called a “Vibrational Activist” from how she holds space while facilitating.

A unique and potent blend of Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Native American, and Italian ancestry, Malia’Kekia is an internationally touring actress and teaching artist who has dedicated the last six years of her life to Play Exploration. Malia’Kekia’s belief in being at our most compelling when we are at our least composed, underpins her teachings within B4 The Other. She is currently enrolled in MindfulNYU’s inaugural InnerMBA, studying mindful sustainability in business practices.

Training: New World School of the Arts (BFA), Yale University (Science of Wellbeing), Power of Vulnerability (CE Credits), Mahi Yoga Centre (RYT 200HR), TedXBroadway Young Professionals, American Theater Wing’s SpringboardNYC, Attending the teachings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama at his home temple in Dharamshala, India (2018).

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Le Quiz De Jeu!
French for “the play quiz” paying homage to the lineage of Clown that B4 The Other’s work derives from.

We created ten meaningful questions just for you! To generously meet us as fellow human beings. As well as offer your own reflective experience, if you so choose.

The name of the game is to answer all ten questions with the first response that comes to mind! Without judgement or hesitation but unapologetically buoyed by Play! We welcome you to Play alongside us!

  1. What is the meaning of your name (as you know it)?
  2. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  3. You find yourself alone, what brings you comfort?
  4. The music/song that leads your charge?
  5. What shakes you to the core?
  6. The title of your memoir:
  7. How do you remember Play?
  8. Fill in the blank – Vulnerability is…
  9. What takes your breath away?
  10. What is one thing you are grateful for at this moment?
Malia’Kekia’s Answers
  1. Our Strength (Malia’Kekia) Of the sea (Marissa) Bringing victory to the people (Nicolini)
  2. Happy and at peace with myself
  3. Singing
  4. “Calling You Home" by Ilan Navah
  5. Chewing with your mouth open!
  6. Cosmic Tigress: A Memoir of a Cat Who Choose Love
  7. Knee deep in paint and imagination with my cousins in the backyard
  8. Pure Joy
  9. The moon over the ocean, children belly laughing, the first embrace of a reunion
  10. My feet in cozy slippers firmly planted on the floor
Christopher’s Answers
  1. The beautiful place (Beaulieu)
  2. A Lion and a Fire Engine
  3. Music
  4. Handel’s “Messiah”, The Mission soundtrack, most things by Prince
  5. My children being alone
  6. What Was He Thinking: A Recollection of Events
  7. Fast, Intense, Victorious, Scary, and Panting. The epic game of 7 steps around the house after sundown with the neighborhood kids.
  8. Breath and Hope
  9. Humanity
  10. A collective sense of patience and space