Who I am and what I do
As a performer, playwright, and teaching artist, I value the healing power of creativity. My work is interdisciplinary. I write plays, act, dance, and choreograph movement. I begin from a problem and then engage multiple artistic mediums to explore the problem. The story that wants to be told, or you could say the “problem” that wants to be solved, tells me what medium to use.
I like to tell stories that are largely invisible to our culture. My past work has tackled subjects like sex work, dissociation, mythology’s concept of the “Underworld,” critiques of capitalism and political authority, the Oedipus myth, abortion, and the child-eating witch Baba Yaga. In short, I have a penchant for the taboo.
My past decade of research has been about the mental health of performing artists. My MFA research focused on psychological issues unique to actors and I developed exercises to support actors' mental health. I taught acting for four years at the University of Cincinnati and I've worked as a private acting coach. I'm also a certified teacher of Alba Method, which is a physical, non-psychological, approach to inducing emotion. I am currently pursuing a second masters in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling at Columbia College Chicago. This degree provides clinical training, specialization in creative arts therapies, and eventually licensure as a psychotherapist so I can support performers in the pursuit of healthy, sustainable creative processes.
I also facilitate workshops and classes for non-artists that use creative means toward the therapeutic process. In collaboration with psychotherapists, I have worked at the VA with veterans and at the organizations Caracole and Off the Streets with women who are recovering from experiences with prostitution. In these groups I’ve used movement, creative writing, and mythology as avenues to explore emotion and personal storytelling.
In the broadest sense, my work as a teacher and an artist is about creating bridges between arts and healing. I apply healing traditions to creative processes and I apply artistic approaches to therapeutic contexts. I value storytelling and theatre as vehicles for healing.
I am thrilled to live and work in Chicago, IL.