I am the former Artistic Director of the Reading Theater Project, a collective of professional performing artists who are making original theater that is meaningful to the greater Reading, Pennsylvania area. Like us on Facebook or sign up for our mailing list to stay informed. I wrote, performed, directed, produced, and co-created. I am still writing with them.
I currently teach theatre throughout Berks County through the Yocum Institute of Arts Education in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Much of my teaching is the Neighborhood Bridges program, and I develop and teach creative drama programs. I also perform with Primary Stages, a company within the Institute that uses professional, adult actors in productions for young audiences.
From 2004-2010, I worked at Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, as an Ensemble Member and the Education Coordinator. While there, I created and performed theatre, developed and taught arts-in-education programs, and administrated the arts-in-education programs for the company. Touchstone is an ensemble theatre, which basically means we all work together to create work and run the theatre.
While at Touchstone, I wrote two children’s play, The Talisman: The Fairy Tale Life of Hans Christian Andersen and Tales from the Middle East. I received a grant from the Berks County Community Foundation‘s Support Performing Artists Fund to write another children’s play in 2011; it is called Faraway Oranges, and it’s received readings at the Reading Theater Project, Loblolly Theater, and Irondale Ensemble Theatre. It’s scheduled for a production at Thespionage Theatre Ensemble in Philadelphia. I was also commissioned to write two plays for young audiences through the Yocum Institute for Arts Education to tour to Berks County libraries, and to libretto an opera with composter Chris Heslop.
Before that, I also worked with Slant Theatre Project in NYC as a dramaturg for their very first play Nueva Cancion, at the New Harmony Project in Indiana assisting playwright Donna Daley on a new play, and the Barter Theatre in Virginia in their Player Company. The summer after college I studied theatre and dance at the Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok, Thailand. I graduated from the University of Evansville with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a minor in religion.