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. With a MFA in Theater and Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, my performance training has focused on embodied methodologies such as psychophysical acting techniques (Grotowski), extended voice techniques (Roy Hart), and Viewpoints.
Currently a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University, my work is situated at the intersection of performance, race, gender, and alterity. With a MA and PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, I write about Black feminist avant-garde performance that is experimental, conceptual, risky, and refuses categorization—performance that complicates conventional notions of the Black feminine body within the visual field.
In addition to devising and directing solo and ensemble performances and performance installations, I am founder and director of Future Shapers Collective, an interactive theater and video production project 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 audience engagement through facilitated post-performance discussion.
I have an extensive background as a marketing communications and PR practitioner—setting strategy, executing marketing communication plans, and leading community development efforts for public, private, and nonprofit sectors. I am a strategic partner at Forty/AM, an urban development firm that collaborates with communities to reimagine and build sustainable futures while activating cultural histories. I hold a BA in Communication Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.