I make theatre because I believe it has the power to inform, inspire, and change minds.
My goal as an artist is to bring people together to have a shared experience in order to build empathy and common understanding, to educate, to motivate, and when appropriate to call to action.
My goal as teaching artist is to promote ensemble-building in sometimes unexpected communities, to foster creativity and creative thinking, to promote body awareness including control as well as letting go and along with that build radical self-love. I want to help students to strengthen their voice, and to build self-confidence in order for them to be agents of change through the arts.
I received a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts from the University of San Diego, in 2005.
I then performed and taught in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years. I was a member of the Ragged Wing Ensemble of Oakland, CA where I performed in and co-created over a dozen devised shows, and also taught with their High School program.
I then moved to Boston where I received a Master's in Theatre Education from Emerson College, focusing on Applied Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Multicultural Education, and Voice Work.
In Boston, I was involved in several productions with my colleagues at Emerson College, and also performed in Charles Mee’s Trojan Women: A Love Story with Artists’ Theater of Boston. Also while there, I Co-Directed and Devised an original production called The Fear Project with Open Theatre Project. This show was based on stories and interviews shared with our ensemble all centered around the question "What are you afraid of?"
Since being back in great Northwest, I have had the opportunity to teach at various Portland Public Schools, and also with Oregon Children's Theatre, New Moon Productions, and Northwest Children's Theatre and School.
I have also worked with Joy & Wonder theatre on their original production of Litha, and had plans to produce and direct a show with them in Woodlawn park over the summer of 2020, but unfortunately had to cancel this production due to COVID-19.
For now, offering little bits of theatrical joy through online theatre classes is my current artistic expression.
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