Based in New York City, I am a true dual theater artist - a feminist director of new works, and a classically trained actor intent on illuminating the feminist perspective in leading women written by men (and whenever possible, making people laugh). I graduated from The University of Iowa with an MFA in Directing, achieved in conjunction with the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and I have a BA in Acting from the University of Southern Maine.
A performance-based director, I focus heavily on the actor’s process and presence in the world of the play. I carefully guide their individual approaches to the role, cultivate community in the cast, and utilize them creatively in the design and broader storytelling. If you’re working with me, chances are you’ll never leave the stage! In the shows I gravitate toward, and in my presentation of them, my aesthetic is realism pierced by moments of startling theatricality. My credits span the country, with work seen in New York, Connecticut, Maine, Indiana, Colorado, and Iowa, in genres spanning plays, operas, musicals, and devised theater.
Also a theater leader and administrator, I am co-founder and the Producing Artistic Director of The Navigators, a New York based feminist sci-fi theater company. By empowering women playwrights, producers, directors, designers, and actors in their productions, The Navigators are dedicated to elevating female driven stories in a genre dominated by men. I am also the head director in the devising ensemble Tier5, whose mission is to create plays that uncover the three-dimensional person within queer and/or female historical figures, and advance the bonds between the past and the present by connecting our stories to theirs.