Theatre has always been a place where I have felt comfortable expressing myself. I love getting to play different characters because in doing so, I have to figure out a way to relate to each perspective and ask the question "why does this person do what they do?" I had no idea that my training in theatre would build my empathy so much, that getting to try out different perspectives would help me explore a sense of shared humanity.
My connection to theatre led me down a traditional path. I trained in London as an undergraduate study-abroad student and after graduating with a liberal arts degree, I moved to NYC and enrolled in a two-year acting conservatory. I studied improv and performed in both new plays and classical productions. Always, I felt a responsibility as a theatre-artist to engage in dialogue around issues of social justice. Traditional theatre did not provide me space to delve into this interest. A close friend of mine told me about the MA in Applied Theatre Program at CUNY School of Professional Studies and under the instruction of Chris Vine, Helen White and a host of other talented educators, I found a place where that sense of responsibility came into focus.
During the three years I spent working toward my degree, I realized a desire to use theatre in service of igniting radical, courageous conversations that will reimagine communication across differences. I spent time as a teaching-artist with the Creative Arts Team, the People's Theatre Project, The NYC Children's Theater and The Moth Education and Community programs.
Theatre is fun, it is playful AND it can give us space to dig deep into how we relate to each other. I am specifically interested in pairing with educators and offering what I have collected along the way to support curious inquiry. This work is not about finding the answers but about what is discovered in asking the questions. To that end, I have partnered with a human resource consultant and created participatory workshops on active listening and emotional intelligence, a family therapist on how we can explore systems thinking in therapeutic practices, and a community college professor on how experiential learning can better equip occupational therapy assistant students in preparation for their fieldwork.
I learn so much from everyone I have worked with: my fellow applied theatre practitioners, the educators and professionals, and most of all the participants of each and every project I have been a part of.