I am a theater director, practitioner, and coach whose driving purpose is to guide collaborators towards authentic storytelling that inspires their communities.
As a theater artist, I have directed for Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre (Artistic Director, 2012 – 2015), Portland Playhouse, The Cutting Ball Theater (Associate Artistic Director, 2004 – 2007), Columbia Stages, Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2, the cell, and The Acting Company (Staff Director for national tour, bringing productions of Shakespeare to 32 cities in the US and Canada), and others. I have worked with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Opera Boston, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Circus Center/Pickle Circus, Theatre Communications Group, California Shakespeare Theater, and American Conservatory Theater. Next season: Cry It Out by Molly Metzler and more to be announced. My upcoming production of Sense and Sensibility at The Alley Theatre was canceled due COVID-19. I look forward to working with the Alley again soon.
I am passionate about exploring ways to reenvision models for producing theater in our country and advocating for the performing arts in all our regions. I am the cofounder of Riverside Productions which presents high caliber plays, events, and educational opportunities, providing our community with a space to engage with marginalized stories, perspectives, and voices, and cultivating a space for robust conversation, introspection, and a more profound understanding of one another.
As Executive Artistic Director of Profile Theatre, I led the company through a major transition and growth period which included audience growth of 33%, a nearly doubled revenue and expense budget, a move to a new venue, significant staff increase, completion of a 5-year strategic plan, major expansion of the education and community engagement programs, a revamped mission and creative focus, and creation of top to bottom organizational structure.
Among other institutions, I have taught for University of Portland, Portland State University, Columbia University School of the Arts, The Acting Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Portland Community College, and Boston Children’s Chorus. I have lectured as a guest speaker at over two dozen colleges and universities nationwide.
I hold a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. I am a resident artist at Artists Repertory Theatre and am a proud member of SDC, the professional union of stage directors and choreographers, where I represent the Pacific Northwest as a member of the Regional Presence Committee.