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Hello & Welcome

Welcome to! My name is Carl Sigmond, and I am currently the Disability Community Advocate at the FREED Center for Independent Living in Grass Valley, CA. FREED is a resource center for people with disabilities and older adults residing in Nevada, Sierra, Yuba, Sutter and Colusa Counties. My role at FREED is to support local, statewide, and national grassroots campaigns advocating for more inclusion of people with disabilities at all levels of society. Prior to joining the FREED staff, I was the Operations Manager at Sierra Friends Center, a Quaker education and retreat center in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California.

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, I attended Central High School and then Haverford College, where I majored in Computer Science, developed an Independent Minor in Quaker Studies, and cultivated my skills for documentary filmmaking. I taught the Video Documentary Class at The Woolman Semester School for three years and am currently working on a feature-length film about my grandfather, Albert Schatz, who discovered the first antibiotic effective against tuberculosis. I also invented and wrote the software for LeverBoard, an adapted keyboard which I use as my primary text input device.

Movement and spirituality are very important to me. I am a contact improvisation (CI) dancer. CI is an improvisational partner dance form that focuses on nonverbal communication, weight sharing, and play. Developed in the early 1970s by Steve Paxton, CI brings us into the present moment and allows us to have entire conversations with our bodies. Incorporating my background with Body-Mind Centering and The Feldenkrais Method into my dance, I rejoice in exploring new ways of being, moving, and communicating on the dance floor. I find CI to be a liberating form of expression and healing for me on my journey through life.

I am a Quaker, and I have been attending Meeting since I was four years old. I am a member of Germantown Monthly Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, currently sojourning at Grass Valley Friends Meeting in Nevada City, CA. In high school and college, I was active in regional and national Quaker youth organizations and served in positions of leadership within those organizations. I currently serve as the Assistant to the Clerk of College Park Quarterly Meeting, a regional gathering of Quakers from Northern California and Nevada that meets three times per year.

This website contains information about my work and volunteer history, my skills and interests, my disability, and more. I encourage you to check it out and learn about who I am. Please feel free to contact me if you want to be in touch.

Thank you for visiting my website and have a peaceful day.

Carl Sigmond

Latest Videos

Discovering the Discovery and the Grandfather Who Saved Millions

A forthcoming feature-length documentary about my grandfather, Albert Schatz, who discovered streptomycin, the first antibiotic effective against tuberculosis.

Produced and directed by Carl Sigmond.


A performance of “Feather” at the 37th annual Breitenbush Contact Improvisation Jam.

Choreographed by Carl Sigmond and Katherine Cook. Performed by Jeff Bliss, Katherine Cook, Tom Giebink, Jonathan Lilly, and Carl Sigmond. Video credit: Michael Joplin.