Performing Artist | Director | Scholar
I am an interdisciplinary performer, director, and scholar with a background in contemporary theater and performance. I have a background in ensemble-based performance, improvisation, contemplative arts, and devised theater. My performance training has focused on embodied methods including psychophysical acting techniques (Grotowski), extended voice techniques (Roy Hart), and Viewpoints. Additionally, I hold an MFA in Theater and Contemporary Performance from Naropa University.
In addition to directing various forms of performance from theatrical plays to performance installations, I am founder and director of Future Shapers Collective, an interactive theater and video production enterprise that focuses on diversity and inclusion learning. We offer a client-centered approach, and a range of services to include research and script development, talent management, and facilitated post-performance discussions.
Currently a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at Northwestern University, my dissertation explores the intersection of performance, political economy, race, and gender. I study contemporary black feminist performance that is experimental, emergent, conceptual, risky, and refuses categorization. These performances center physical vulnerability, troubling conventional notions of the Black female body within the visual field, and invite other possibilities of thought, feeling, and sociality.
I have an extensive background as a marketing communications and PR practitioner—setting strategy, executing marketing communications plans, and leading community development efforts for the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. I am part of Forty/AM, a community development and advisory firm that focuses on projects that help revive and preserve community’s unique histories and legacies. Additionally, I hold a BA in Communication Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.