Judy Slattum spent the early part of her life performing, gravitating to costume design at UT Austin. The next 14 years were spent in academics, teaching first at University of Maryland, then at Cabrillo College where she evolved to directing, creating two theatre companies, both of who utilized masks and puppets extensively. In 1978, she journeyed to Bali on sabbatical to study mask dance and textile arts. She returned every year there after, leading amonth-long study tour taught by local artists. In 1986 she completed research for a book on Balinese Masks, published by Chronicle Books in 1992,( later by Periplus Editions.) It remains the singular book in English on the topic. In 1986 she resigned teaching and created an educational travel company, Danu Enterprises (www.danutours.com) along with her Balinese husband, Made Surya.