With an entrepreneurial spirit and want to connect, I have collaged together a beautiful life from Buffalo to Rochester, NY to Northern California, Vermont, NYC, and Providence, RI with many other places in between. I have moved from being a performing artist to becoming a university-based educator to an author and a mentor. Valuing a collaborative, holistic, open-hearted, and inclusive work ethic, an ever-expanding imagination, and a gift for developing relationships, I have become most passionate about is reminding people how to play and supporting people to create nourishing opportunities that integrate what they love and with what they believe in through mentorship.
Within the pre-college leadership, undergraduate and MFA programs at Brown University, I facilitated interactive courses in theater (Clown, Mask, Movement, Devising, Creating for Solo Performance) and Creativity (Art & Activism and Creative Medicine). As Stateside Faculty, Recruitment Director, and University Relations Director for Accademia dell’Arte (a study abroad program in Arezzo, Italy), I conducted Physical theater workshops at several universities throughout the US. Through all of this experience, I gleaned a fuller understanding of the state of academia and began wondering more about who is teaching/valuing “self-care” and “the inner journey.”
In 2015, I took time away from performing and teaching for my own “self-care” and as part of it, I wrote a healing memoir entitled “I Am Compassionate Creativity.” The following spring a former student, Jacob Sapon, and my dog Max accompanied me on a 10,000-mile national reading tour. Sharing this book and playing music in the homes of colleagues, friends, family, former students, and strangers was a rejuvenating reminder of the power of what happens when we sit together and tell vulnerable stories. Of Community.
COMPASSIONATE CREATIVITY is a process that cultivates self-care through one’s expression of caring for the world. With performances, curriculum, and mentorship, I aim to encourage people of all ages how to value times of uncertainy as opportunities to celebrate life through play. I focus on integrating love, work, play and intergenerational community, and value everything as a relationship, everything as medicine, everything as a teacher, everyone as an artist/activist.
I have previously worked with the following communities and I’d love to work with you next:
- Medical: Full Circle Festival on the Heart & Art of Aging in Burlington Vermont, Creative Medicine Series at Brown University, Artist and Scientists as Partners Symposium at Brown University
- Academic: MIT, Muhlenberg College, Brown University, Trinity Rep, Boston University, Bucknell University, Duke University, McDonogh School, Williams College, Mississippi University for Women, Coastal Carolina, Vermont Academy, Putney School, Emory College, Bowdoin College, Bennington College, UMASS Amherst, University of Rochester
- Theater Related Organizations: Pearl Theatre Company, Celebration Barn, New England Center for Circus Arts, Ko Festival, South Eastern Theatre Conference, Here Arts Center, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles Women’s Solo Festival, United Solo, The Tank, HERE Arts Center, soloNOVA at PS122, Network of Ensemble Theaters
- Internationally: Grupo Galpao in Brazil, Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo Italy, Clowns Without Borders in Guatemala & El Salvador
- Business/Civic: United Natural Foods, Bellows Falls Opera House, & Providence Arts, Culture & Tourism
**I have had amazing teachers and mentors throughout my life, especially at Frontier Central School District in Hamburg New York, the University of Rochester Theater Program, Hangar Lab Company, and the Dell’Arte International in Northern California. Part of my education was also serving on the board of the the Network of Ensemble Theaters from 2008-2014.