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I'm a theatre maker who recently returned home to North Carolina. I'm eager to tell stories by, for and of the communities in this corner of the world. My work focuses primarily on new plays, making old plays feel like new plays and community engagement. I believe a life in the theatre is life of service, spent orchestrating opportunities for people to practice empathy, vulnerability, creativity and courage when they gather in a room and share stories together.
I got my B.A. in Theatre from Wesleyan University and M.F.A. in Directing at UC-Irvine where I co-founded World Premiere Weekend, a festival of new work that premiered nearly forty new plays on campus in its first year.
I spent over a decade in New York City, where in 2013 I co-founded Three Day Hangover, a theater company that creates fresh, unexpected, immersive productions of classic plays in bars and other not-usually-theater spaces. Three Day's adaptations of work by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Molière and others garnered the company widespread critical acclaim and a rowdy cult following. Our commissioned piece, Drunk Shakespeare, has been running off-Broadway for 5 years, been seen by over a hundred thousand people and is now also open in Chicago, Phoenix, Houston and Washington, D.C. I'm also a Company Director with Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota and an Artistic Company member at Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina.
I've worked as a director, dramaturg, assistant director and educator at theaters across the country, including Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Utah Shakespeare, South Coast Rep, Santa Rosa Summer Rep, Fugitive Kind, Bialystock and Bloom, Milwaukee Shakespeare, The Atlantic Theater Company/NYU Training program and the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts.
I've also worked in development, events, and community engagement for companies of lots of shapes and sizes.
I bake biscuits from scratch. I hike. I do the crossword puzzle every day.