This is the mantra by which I have built my approach to working in the theatre. It is born of years of experience observing and assisting at regional and off-Broadway theaters across the country; it stops something large from being overwhelming. It creates a sense of calm. This piece of calm allows me to step back and take a look at the big picture. That calm then allows me to attempt the impossible.
I double-majored in Drama and the Integrated Program for Humanities at Kenyon College. After interning at new play development centers the Goodman Theatre and Actors Theater of Louisville, I went on to pursuing a career in freelance directing and dramaturgy. In 2017, I was accepted into the Creative Producing MFA Program at the California Institute of the Arts, where I also became the Associate Producer of the CalArts Center for New Performance.
There is an alternate world in which I would have become an anthropologist, a historian, or a sociologist. With all of the work that I create, produce, and advocate, I aim to create an experience that is in dialogue with my community. In our current cultural and political climate, I believe that art and performance is more important than ever -- it is a connecting force, creating unifying links across cultures, across religions, across communities. We perform to change people.
My superpower as a producer is that I am a problem-solver. I tackle complex problems with satisfaction, and whether it’s staging tricky transitions or coordinating complex spectacles, I aim to create experiences that are both functional and beautiful. I am thrilled by the unique challenges that live performance provides, and look forward to facing them head on. After all, there is no such thing as a theatrical emergency, only medical emergencies that happen in theaters.
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