I love ideas, story, magic, and metaphor. I’m always mixing the pedestrian with the ephemeral, the abstract with the concrete, the visceral with the cerebral. I try to create worlds that show universal human conditions on a somewhat different plane of reality. I search not only for new content within the boundaries of a play, but also for new forms and styles to house it.
I believe in the inherent thought-provoking, culture changing, restorative power of the theatre. I’m a director because I believe art is the first seed for change—the first step of a long individual and societal shift in thought and viewpoint and experience. I believe big things about humans and I think we can be better. With social change as a priority, I have often wondered if I should have gotten into politics—but I don’t have the temperance for it. Art is the first step of social change and you get to make a big noise in that step. Art is a wild cry into the unlistening void of sameness. That’s more my style. Theatre for theatre’s sake is not my end goal—theatre is my tool to create change.
Progress of the human mind and the evolution of our understanding of each other and our own selves is my number one goal, and I’ve turned to storytelling in the theatre to do it. I believe in telling stories that fulfill something in us—some need hard to put words to that we’ve buried down deep. We are missing some connection to our humanity, to our subconscious, to our compassion, to our urge to question, to knowing we can define and change reality. But theatre has the potential to tap into this. More than any other art form, theatre should be like a dream, connected to visceral experience. It doesn’t represent our corporeal reality—it represents our most authentic sides and thoughts and curiosities and fears. I look to balance the cold pragmatic side of life with this type of theatre because not only is authentic inspiration hard to find, I don’t think we know what to do with it when it shows up.
I am known for my strong conceptual focus both in the development of new work and in the re-envisioning of classic work that results in a newly realized perspective on a familiar topic for audiences. This also creates room for greater engagement to the work with those of us in the rehearsal room and on the artistic staff creating a more fully explored piece. I prioritize the combination of a safe and supportive environment with my team in order to drive the intensity of the work and push everyone to their potential.
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I am a freelance director/choreographer based out of NYC.
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