Welcome to my mind!
That sounds a lot more ominous than I intended, but it’s a genuine sentiment. Welcome to the website that represents the culmination of years of self-discovery, mistake-making, and pathfinding that has placed me exactly where I am right now: writer, performer, educator, and activist.
Let me tell you a little bit about how I got here:
Born and raised in central Ohio, I’m the oldest of five supremely artistic and creative women. So I’ve always been involved in the arts, starting with dance, followed by music and band, and finally landed on theatre and acting in high school. I, like many other theatre artists, experienced the deeply freeing and healing powers of acting and storytelling. As a shy, self-conscious fifteen-year-old, acting provided me the opportunity to try on new lives and personalities, and for the first time in my life, I found passion in something.
I went on to study both theatre and psychology (because who doesn’t love the brain?) at the Ohio State University, followed by a master’s program in drama therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. While in grad school, I fell in love with theatrical devising and therapeutic theatre. I knew that after I graduated, I wanted to continue doing two things: pursuing the creation of theatre that intentionally taps into its own innate healing power, and using theatre and improv and play as vehicles for growth, education, and change.
Throughout the past decade-plus of my journey down the path of artist-healer, I have come to truly believe that, with the utmost compassion, humility, and empathy, theatre and the performing arts have the potential to heal not only individuals, but relationships, families, and entire communities. I have seen it happen again and again, starting with that little 15-year-old in a high school acting classroom. The arts are the key to raising awareness, starting conversations, building empathy, and facilitating the change we want to see in our communities, country, and world.
Here on my website, you’ll find a few things: first, on my blog you’ll see a series of short stories (new ones published weekly) that I have written both as a means of staying creative and as a way to continue to engage with my own self-awareness and healing. I post them publicly with the hope that they may, at the most, inspire, or, at the very least, entertain.
Secondly, you will find information on my services as a teaching artist and theatre educator, supported, thirdly, by a small portfolio of the educational and devised projects I have had the honor of being a part of over the past several years.
If you're interested in anything I've done, have any questions for me, or would like to inquire about collaborating on a project, jump down to the contact box and send me a message - I love meeting new people and chatting about the cool work that's happening out in the world.
Thanks for checking out my website (and reading through this page, if you've made it this far) - I hope you find something of interest!
('About Me' video filmed and edited by Michael Herrera.)