"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 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 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.