We look to the past to shape our future. Who are you? Where are you going from here?

I have been an actor, a singer, a student, and a super mediocre guitar player. I am a director, an educator, a mover, a partner, and a dog mom. Where am I going? Well, literally the next step is Philadelphia, where my partner and I will be moving in the fall. Less literally, I am a life-long-learner with a whole lot I’m excited to learn!

What most excites you about being a part of TAM’s It’s Greek (and Roman) To ME! Season?

This is my first experience working with a company in rep, so I am excited by the chance to be a part of such a robust season of theatre-making. This will also be my last show in Maine for a while, as my partner and I are moving to Philadelphia, so I feel so fortunate to get to clown in such a beautiful place that is so close to my heart one last time!

On a personal note, I am really excited to artistically reunite with my friend Michael who will be playing the Antipholuses in COMEDY OF ERRORS. We grew up doing theater together and this will be the first time we work together professionally. It feels a little like coming home!

We’re all about making old things new and new things classic. Why are you drawn to Classic Theatre? How do you shake it up?

I love directing Shakespeare because you HAVE to make it new. Audiences and actors likely have experienced the play before in some way so finding a unique way of bringing it to life is paramount. It is a built-in challenge of finding new, adventurous ways to story-tell. I am also a huge fan of physical storytelling and there is nothing like a Shakespearean farce to encourage wacky physical choices and bravery.

From what sources do you draw your inspiration?

It really depends on the project. Sometimes it is visual art, sometimes music, sometimes a theory of movement. The one thing that never shifts is that the heart of the inspiration for any play lies in the people in the room – I draw so much inspiration from the personalities, quirks, conversations, and ideas in the rehearsal room. I never truly know what story we are telling until I know whose bodies, voices, and imaginations will be telling the story alongside me.

You can have dinner with any three influential people. Who are your dream guests, why them, and what is the topic of conversation?

I genuinely don’t know how to answer this question. Maya Angelou would definitely be involved, that’s about as far as I can get. Come see the show and ask me afterwards if I have a better answer by then!

How have the past two years changed your view of making theater and what action are you most proud of?

It’s been less of a change and more of a reinforcement of the power of the collaborative creative process. As an educator, I spent a large chunk of the pandemic with young people and the profound impact that making art with other people had on them, and on me, during such terrible circumstances was a bright light in my pandemic experience.

What I am most proud of doing in the last two years is training as an intimacy director and making a lot of strides towards creating braver, consent-based spaces.

What’s your super power?

Creating playful, collaborative spaces. And I make really excellent omelettes.