Hi! Nice to meet you!
I am a director and teaching artist, in which both titles I approach in very similar ways. As a child, I was always playing make-believe, playing with dolls, and directing them into stories that I made up. I was a very shy child with many speech issues that living through stories was how I communicated with the world. I was able to find my voice in the theatre. I educate children with the hope to encourage them to find their own voices in the world. I bring and foster imagination and use of play in the rooms that I create.
In every room I walk into, I lead first with kindness and value that pillar in every collaboration that I form. With whomever I am working with, kids or adults, I strive to empower those individuals and create safe and brave spaces. While I am typically working towards a final “product,” I care much more about the collaboration in the journey and how we get there. I always want to work on projects that center communities and begin a dialogue.
I have just finished up studying at The National Theatre Institute Advanced Directors Program at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and was very grateful to direct eight theatre pieces and two short films in such a short amount of time!
I am thrilled to have been accepted to ArtistYear Americorps Program for the 2021-2022 Philadelphia Cohort! Starting in July for the training institute, I will be serving as a theatre/dance teaching artist in a title 1 school! I am so grateful to continue to teach and inspire using the arts!