Hi! Nice to meet you!
I am a director/choregrapher and theatre/dance teaching artist, in which all 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 am thrilled to be midway through my service year with the ArtistYear Americorps Program for the 2021-2022 Philadelphia Cohort! I am serving as a theatre/dance teaching artist in a title 1 elementary school in North Philadelphia teaching the Headstart Pre-K, and the life skills and multiple disabilities classrooms. I am so grateful to continue to teach and inspire using the arts!
On select weekends in Philadelphia, I am a guest teacher for Philadelphia Friendship Circle teaching dance and creative drama to children and adults with special needs!
This summer, I will be directing "Without Wings," by Ilana Abusch Zahava for Philly Children's Theatre first production! I will be working at Music Theatre Philly as a lead teaching artist for their Frozen and Encanto Summer Camp! After that, I will be working with ZoomDance as a lead teacher.
BIG NEWS- I have started my own theatre for young audiences theatre called Philly Children's Theatre. Our first play will be a children's touring production in the Summer of 2022. Check out phillychildrenstheatre.org for more information.