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"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."- Joseph Campbell
As an award-winning director, interdisciplinary artist, and certified Michael Chekhov teacher, my production work and teaching center on uniting the inner energy with the outer performance in the artists around me. In my classes, I 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 people, whether it is the creative team in rehearsals, or through our communion with the audience during performance. Theatre and storytelling are in our DNA, and we artists unlock our potential to help others unlock theirs. 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.) and NAAT (National Alliance of Acting Teachers).
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. I am also an Adjunct Instructor at Saint Mary's University.