I am seeking, striving, and constantly searching for active, truthful, and full emotional contact between human beings.
I believe that our need to understand and to be understood is a need as vital as our need for air, food, and water.
Art is an attempt to fill that need. To express what must be expressed and cannot be communicated fully in any other way.
Theatre is the roughest of all the art forms, but it has the greatest ability to create an an authentic communal emotional experience in another human being.
When Theatre is what it most wants and needs to be—a safe place to do the unsafe things that must be done—it does what human beings need most:
It makes contact.
Things that matter to me:
Supporting a diverse and authentic representation of humanity.
I am especially interested in supporting and developing new female playwrights. I believe that women’s voices are needed now more than ever. I grew up around brilliant women who never had a chance to be heard. It is both personally and philosophically important to me that we work to give women a platform and opportunities to develop that voice.
I love them.
With my first theatre company in New York City, Working Man’s Clothes, I developed the New Works Development reading series. Award winning playwright Lee Blessing said: "The developmental reading series of Working Man's Clothes Productions is a significant asset to new play development in New York City. The work is excellent, the attitude professional and the dedication obvious."
Notable Playwrights: Bekah Brunstetter, Romulus Linney, Chisa Hutchinson, Samuel Brett Williams, Andrew Rosendorf, Janine Nabers, Eric Sanders, and Dan Kitrosser.
As Artistic Director of Theatre 4the People, I oversaw the development and creation of the Playworks Project which develops new plays including Unsex Me Here (HERE Arts Center) and new plays by Sara Fellini, Erika Phoebus, and Dan Kitrosser.
In addition to this, I worked with Desiree Burch, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Sylvia Milo, and the Lark Play Development Center to help develop new plays.
Teaching is the single greatest endeavor.
There is no responsibility more important then the role of helping others grow, develop, and discover what they are capable of doing.
When a student discovers and embraces what they are capable of creating , there is no greater joy in life than to know that you have helped them along the way.