artist | activist | scholar

Hello! Welcome to my website! I am graduate of Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre and Psychology, and I am a current Master of Fine Arts (MFA) student in the Theatre for Youth and Communities program at Arizona State University (Class of 2023).

A little bit about me personally: Just a few of my favorite things are corgis, dachshunds, cats, the Enneagram, 2% milk, audiobooks, and spices like rosemary and basil. I enjoy other creative activities like making string art, and I love finding hidden gems in my city with friends. I am a wholehearted believer in saying "chunk" instead of "chuck" when talking about throwing something across the room, and nothing makes me happier than connecting with someone, showing a friend that I care, or hearing someone's story.

my values & Artistry

As a theatre artist, I participate in the art form in a variety of ways (including as a performer, designer, and dramaturg), but my favorite roles to fill are as a director and a creator of new works, specifically pieces of theatre aimed directly at fostering compassion for specific (and often marginalized) individuals and groups in our society. For this reason, some of the work that gets me most excited falls within the realms of applied theatre, theatre for social change/justice, and theatre for civic practice. I have a passion and calling for social change/justice and using the performing arts to achieve it.

Below I have listed some of my most important values both personally and professionally. Take a look to see what I seek to incorporate into both my work and my life.  

COMPASSION

Compassion stems from but moves beyond empathy to embody a level of love and care that I aim to demonstrate to all people. It mobilizes empathic concern in a way that builds someone else up and tangibly works to improve their situation, taking into account their individual autonomy and feedback. In my work, I seek to contribute to a caring and uplifting environment for my fellow artists, view every person and character through a compassionate lens, and pursue works that make everyone involved more compassionate along the way. 

HONESTY

Honesty represents an effort to dignify oneself and others, not only through seeking to align one's actions and words with truth and ethics, but more importantly through an earnest effort to live as oneself. In my artistry, I seek to reflect life truthfully, employ ethical principles in my own artistic process, commit to responsibility, and seek out genuine, human connection with others. 

storytelling

While perhaps not strictly a "value," storytelling is perhaps the most powerful tool we have to facilitate perspective-taking and equip people to engage in compassion for self and compassion for others. It offers a safe space both to uplift our humanity and challenge our biases. While I seek to surround myself with storytelling in many forms, theatre presents the most potent form of storytelling at our disposal, and I hope to emphasize these storytelling components to create positive change at the individual and societal level. 

creativity

I believe that creativity is an integral element of a healthy, kind, progressing, and innovative society, and thus it is important to intertwine creativity with my process as an artist. It is my hope that breaking the bounds of the immediate imagination in my art can encourage others to think beyond the confines of their own perspectives and their own situations.

Addendum

A Non-Exhaustive List of Other Values of Importance to Me & My Work:

  • Vulnerability 

  • Intimacy

  • Authenticity & Sincerity

  • Companionship

  • Anti-Racism

  • Selflessness

  • Human Connection

  • Learning 

  • Conscientiousness

  • Anti-Shame

  • Empathy 

  • Equity

  • Forgiveness

  • Justice

  • Kindness

A Non-Exhaustive List of Social Issues of Particular Concern to Me and My Work:

  • Ending Stigma for & Criminalization of Mental Illness

  • Reframing Our Approach to Mental Health

  • Implementing Anti-Racism in Education, the Arts, & Beyond

  • Integrating Compassionate Mindsets into the Workplace

  • Equitable Access to Education & Mental Healthcare

  • Expanding Arts Education

  • Promoting Criminal Justice Reform

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