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 passionate

here is what i'm

about

Storytelling. Laughter. The multi-ethnic experience. Music. Connection. Resilience. History. Feminism. Language. Healing. 

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here is what i

write

History. Comedy. Restoration. I love to write about life at pivotal intersections. The anthropologist in me is drawn to exploring communication and the use of multiple languages in American theatre, including the application and/or omission of translation for American audiences. The survivor and activist in me is interested in the healthy excavation of trauma, healing, and restoration through storytelling. 

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here's how i like to

direct

My directing style can be described as a positive, unambiguous collective creation process. I don't believe that actors' desires and imagination should be ignored in the creative process, neither should they be without guidance; in the rehearsal room, we lay the groundwork first, establish character relationships second, and then create room for play and new discoveries within those establishments. 

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i get sh*t

done

Here's how.

 

I am a Lilly Award-winning theatre producer, paralegal,

and multi-hyphenate artist. 

I am also a certified Green Dot Training Facilitator and a Volunteer Victim Advocate for survivors of sexual assault, as well as a trained TitleIX investigator.

 

I have been trained in de-escalation tactics for emergency planning and suicide prevention, and I have partnered with nonprofits globally and locally in my theatre career to bring awareness to the global refugee crisis, domestic violence prevention, women's rights, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

 

I am passionate about empowering historically excluded artists in their journey of theatrical development. I coach managers and people leaders in communication, employee retention, process continuity, and talent strategy. 

I have two international rescue cats and an adopted shelter dog, I love to cook, and I play the ukulele. Let's chat! 

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BMI AFFILIATED 
ARTIST

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2022 'GO WORK
IN THEATER'
AWARD WINNER

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ASSOCIATE MEMBER
DRAMATISTS GUILD

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CENTRO SA
ALLIANCE ADVOCATE

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