I am a southern theatre maker, engagement strategist, facilitator, collaboration coach and consultant. I have worked across the US and gracefully switched hats depending on the job, cause, or client. Urban cities like New Orleans, Los Angeles, Baltimore and Atlanta live closely in my heart alongside rural towns like Stuarts Draft, Milton-Freewater, Lost Hills, and Eureka.
I make theater. I’ve worked nationally with companies such as Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, ArtSpot Productions in New Orleans, and PearlDamour. As a director I prefer making site-specific devised work and participatory events that may involve line dancing, community singing, or ice cream sandwiches for all. Or other things that instigate giggling and joy.
I strategize. I've worked with dozens of individual artists, filmmakers, and organizations to develop strategies to deepen the connection art can have with a specific audience.
I facilitate. My favorite rooms are the ones full of people who love to hijack process and don’t get along. Bring me the rooms of lawyers, radical artists, policy wonks, or other facilitators. I relish the challenge of creating democratic space to host complex conversations and move folks towards large group consensus, or small group evaluation or team reflection.
I consult. From individual artist consultations about project planning to organizational collaboration challenges and coalition / network development. I’ve worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s cross-sector projects SPARCC, EEFA, ACCC, and the City Energy Project consulting on team dynamics and collaboration coaching.
I curate and produce. Currently, I work for the Network of Energy Water and Health in Affordable Buildings (NEWHAB) as event producer for their Annual Convening. I worked for the Network of Ensemble Theaters MicroFest USA event series. My role included both organizing production logistics and working closely with community members to tell their stories to a national audience. This festival/think-tank series highlighted the impact art has in revitalizing communities. These festivals were structured as durational performance/cultural field trips exploring how artists are using their tools to address community issues. MicroFests were convened in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Honolulu, New Orleans, Detroit, Knoxville and Harlan County, Kentucky.
I am a recipient of the Blade of Grass Fellowship, 2017 cohort.