I am a director, deviser, teaching artist and sometime writer newly based in Washington, DC.
Throughout my career, I have strived to create theatre that addresses deep and difficult questions about our current reality. I want to make plays that turn spectators into witnesses: where they encounter an extraordinary story in such a way that they feel altered by, and responsible towards, what they have seen. I cherish work like Moisés Kaufman's The Laramie Project, or Yael Farber's Molora. These directors touch on large social and political issues by sharing incredibly human stories in theatrical ways. Like them, I want to use the liveness of theatre to form a sense of community and urgency around these stories.
Last year I completed my MFA in Directing at Northwestern University. My thesis was on creating witnesses in the theater, and I have special concentrations in civic engagement and adaptation of classical texts. For my final directing project, I combined all of these areas to create Thou Proud Dream, a site-specific adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry V exploring the necessity and ethics of America's military discourse.
This work brought together the artistic focii of my directing career: creating new plays around current events and testimonial material, and re-envisioning classical texts. But whatever form I work in, I am interested in simultaneously building bridges between people and helping my audiences see the gaps between us that we have to traverse. I am interested in work that requires us to acknowledge our presence in a live event, consider our purpose within it, and thus begin to consider our place in a larger community or conversation.
This summer, I will begin a new chapter as Assistant Professor of Theatre at CCBC Catonsville. I will be running the campus' theatre program, teaching a heavy courseload and directing for the college season. I am excited to build new partnerships in the DC/Baltimore area.
I have spent the last four years in Boston, and have worked regularly as a freelance director and teacher. I was an affiliated faculty member at Emerson College, where I taught Directing and Adaptation. I was also privileged enough to collaborate with Bridge Rep Theater, Fresh Ink, Greater Boston Stage Company, MIT, Roxbury Community College, and the North Shore YMCA.
Before moving to Boston last summer, I worked extensively in Chicago on new work. I collaborated with a number of Chicago-based playwrights, especially on site-specific work. I remain an official collaborator of the Living Room Playmakers, a Chicago company dedicated to creating site-specific theatrical events around the city. I have also assisted at Steppenwolf, the Goodman and Lookingglass Theatre.
Before attending Northwestern, I was Artistic Director of Examined Man Theatre, a New York-based non-profit theatre company dedicated to developing plays based on true stories. We took testimonial material from newspapers, interviews and other texts and molded stories in a variety of unique forms from solo-performance to revenge tragedy to musical.
I also worked for three seasons as Assistant Director of Red Bull Theater, New York's home for Jacobean theater. I ran their Obie-winning Revelation Reading Series and assisted on their successful off-Broadway revivals of Edward the Second, Women Beware Women and The Duchess of Malfi.
During these same years, I travelled internationally with the award-winning South African director Yael Farber on her acclaimed production of Molora, her adaptation of The Oresteia set within her country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.