"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."- Joseph Campbell
As a director, performance-as-research scholar artist, and certified Michael Chekhov teacher, my teaching is centered in embodied cognition; I also employ elements of Augusto Boal, Joseph Campbell, Elizabeth Swados, as well as Buddhist philosophy to meet my students where they are in their personal journey.
Like Mr. Boal, I see the potential of theatre to empower and unite people, whether it is the whole creative team in rehearsals, or through the communion in the theater during performance.
Like Mr. Chekhov, I seek to help actors transform. I begin each process by finding universal images that establish a visual framework for the design team and actors. I adapt to the text, guide the performers, and invite the audience to engage actively. I received my M.S. in Theatre History at Illinois State University and my M.F.A in Directing from the University of Idaho. I am a proud Associate member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.)
I am the Director of Theatre and Fine Arts Chair at Saint Patrick High School where I teach, direct, and serve as Artistic Director for our summer immersion company where my students work with Non-Equity performers to produce a musical, explore masterclasses, and work with children through our summer camp.