I believe in the transformational power of art to build stronger communities.
My career began in Detroit, co-founding POW! (Pissed Off Wimmin) a women's collective theatre company. There I was fortunate to work Walk and Squawk Performance Project, The Michigan Renaissance Festival, the Planet Ant and Matrix Theatre Company- where we produced 36 plays in two years using the High/Scope educational approach for working with youth in nontraditional environments. Much of our work addressed issues in the community such as lead poisoning, environmental history, and the repatriation of Mexican Americans during the Depression. I hold a BFA in theatre performance from the University of Detroit Mercy, and participated in the study abroad program performing in Medea in Greece.
In Chicago, I continued my stage work with Claudia Allen and Mike Irvin's Victory Gardens ACCESS program, worked with students to present science activities at the Museum of Science and Industry, created a new play about religion and sexuality with Grant Stokes from ActOne at EP Theatre, and directed a staged reading of Whirlybirds, a musical about military service pilots, with StageLeft.. I studied with Improv Olympic, the Annoyance Theatre and received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art and Media from Columbia College Chicago.
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area I am proud to have appeared as Vi in the Memory of Water, as Anna in And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little, and directed Tongue of a Bird at Dragon Theatre. I led the writing, produced and appeared in Archive Mixed Media's original show A Moment Unbound- one of Dragon’s inaugural 2nd Stages events. We created this play with the support of fool'sFURY's Factory Parts- a program for developing new plays. Since coming to the Bay Area I have studied with Deborah Eliezer, Mary Overlie, Meredith Monk's House and Bats Improv. I've taught youth theatre and video production with Dragon Theatre, the Palo Alto Arts Center and the Midpen Media Center.
I am currently producing A Moment Unbound: Adventures Through Time, a project of Archive Mixed Media to be posted online and broadcast through the Midpen Media Center. This project continues my exploration of intergenerational and site specific work in a playful way. Most of my work the past decade has explored our relationship with books, technology, and what we hold onto, including a series of documentary "A Moment With" videos with a variety of participants, from Thomas Mann, author of the Oxford Guide to Library Research and Andy Hertzfeld, inventor and author of Revolution in the Valley; the Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made, to local historian Beth Bunnenberg, and Rommel Struckus, Friends of the Palo Alto Library volunteer and postcard collector.