Who I am and what I do
As a theatre artist and therapist, I value the healing power of creativity. My work is interdisciplinary. In my creative work, 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 full time job is as a group and individual psychotherapist. I have an MA in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Dance/Movement Therapy from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. My past decade of research has been about the mental health of performing artists. Through both my masters degrees, I researched psychological issues unique to actors and I developed a program that provides actors with education about the physiological impacts of portraying emotion and teaches body-based skills that help actors exit character and emotion. I am currently implementing this program at DePaul University.
I have been a working actor and playwright since 2008. I taught Acting for four years at the University of Cincinnati and I'm also a level 3 certified teacher of Alba Method, a physical approach to inducing emotion which is used to train actors and in therapeutic settings to help clients explore and regulate emotion. My lived experiences as a theatre artist and my clinical experiences as a therapist have given me a passion to support performers in the pursuit of healthy, sustainable creative processes.
In the broadest sense, my work as an artist and a therapist is about creating bridges between creativity and healing.
I am thrilled to live and work in Chicago, IL.