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 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 level 3 certified teacher of Alba Method, which is a physical, non-psychological, approach to inducing emotion which is used to train actors and in therapeutic settings to help clients explore and regulate emotion. I recently completed a second masters in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling at Columbia College Chicago. This degree provided clinical training and specialization in creative arts therapies. Through my MA thesis, I created a program that addresses issues of emotional dysregulation in populations of actors. The program provides actors with psychoeducation about the physiological impacts of portraying emotion and teaches body-based skills that help actors exit character and emotion. Each of these experiences has given me increased passion and perspective 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.