About

I am a scholar/practitioner with an emphasis in experimental, classical, and traditional theatre.  I hold a PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master’s from Villanova University, where I was honored as Acting Scholar, and BFA with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theatre Wing. Additionally, I am conservatory trained in Shakespearean performance through the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

My dissertation, Field Of Mars Revisited: the Opera/Installation/Performance of GAle GAtes et al., is a study of the defunct Brooklyn-based theatre company through the lens of the avant-garde. GAle GAtes was known for its large scale and spatially experimental productions, and was often inspired by great literary works and historical moments, such as The Odyssey, The Inferno, the invention of the camera, and the burning of Rome.  The company created site-specific work in the Manhattan Financial District, internationally, and throughout its 40,000 square foot warehouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn from roughly 1996 to 2003, and has been credited by scholars as one of the true innovators of the 21st century immersive theatre movement.  My research was recognized through a Richard Knaub writing award and a generous grant from the University of Colorado Graduate School, which allowed me travel funding to New York City for primary research and rare archival acquisition.   A chapter excerpt is slated to be published in a forthcoming Routledge anthology dedicated to physical theatre dramaturgy, together with my 2016 interview with Pig Iron co-founder and USA Knight Fellow, Quinn Bauriedel.

As a theatre artist, I am interested in work that explores non-traditional narrative with a specific interest in movement composition and media.  At the same time, I advocate for dramaturgical integrity through script-analysis and the authenticity of actor-performance, as well as a commitment to the classics.  I am the recipient of various awards in recognition of my creative work, such a 2010 Boulder County Arts Alliance Emerging Artist award for the direction of Carnivals and Snowstorms, a devised multi-media production concerning the liminal space of dreams and memory, and a 2016 feature through Cambridge University Press, who described my writing as   “lovely, lyrical, and thought-provoking.”

I have had the pleasure of studying and working with artists such a 6-Viewpoints founder Mary Overlie, Guggenheim Fellow Michelle Ellsworth, and Master Teachers Stephen Wangh and Wendell Beavers, as well as nationally and regionally recognized companies such the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, FUSION Theatre, and Iron Age.