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

I was born in a small northern Maine town that never quite fit or felt like home, but deeply shaped the way in which I experience the world by instilling an unshakable resilience and resourcefulness.

I am a proud alumnus of both The University of Southern Maine (BA Theatre) and East 15 Acting School where I received my MFA in directing. East15 redefined my limitations and smashed my preconceptions of what performance COULD be. I attended productions in blackout darkness, lived in the devising process creating in abandoned churches, and learned that aroma design was a thing.  London opened my eyes to the limitless possibilities of art.

I spent the better part of a decade searching for myself in South Korea and the UK where I lived, worked, and created art and general chaos before boomeranging home to Portland, Maine. I am deeply grateful to have landed at Portland Stage. Where I once existed within a state of artistic burnout, today I consistently seek balance. I believe it is in intentional stillness, breath, and rest that our voices as artists hold the most power. I have no idea where I am going from here, but I am certain I want to consistently disrupt preconceptions of what art can be.

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

Quite simply, I am pinching myself. I am deeply grateful to be working with a professional company of such immense talent.

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?

When done right, classic re-imaginings hold the power to be a haunting and haunted revival of a familiar play allowing you to profoundly experience it afresh.

From what sources do you draw your inspiration?

I often look to the headlines of current events to light my fire. It might be a story I love, an injustice that enrages me, or a question I can’t stop asking; I am simply certain to choose a starting point that fascinates me. I am inspired by playwrights that jolt audiences into re-evaluating their values and identity: Sarah Kane, Martin McDonagh, Mike Bartlett, Adam Rapp, Tracy Letts. These playwrights are masters at harnessing the immediacy of political current events to break complacency.

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

  1. Brene Brown because she walks the walk of radical self-compassion, and the world needs more. She has taught me to explore the power of curiosity and imperfection.

  2. Kevin Allison of the Risk! Podcast because he has taught me there is great power in owning your story and would simply be an entertaining dinner guest!

  3. Sarah Kane because the world lost her too soon and I want to know what she would be creating today if she was still alive.

The topic would be how perfection limits and how to embrace imperfection.

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

The past two years have taught me to slow down. I used to operate at breakneck speed, like a shark afraid to slow down. My self-worth and value were deeply intertwined in whether I was creating. As the world came to halt two years ago, I took a break and dug deep into my fear of unworthiness and seeking approval. Today I understand I have more to offer than what I am checking off the box. I am most proud of the healing and self-compassion I have built over the last two years. I am proud of learning to use my voice and build boundaries so I may be the best version of myself.

What’s your superpower?

My superpower is my stubborn determination to believe in myself when no one else would. My purpose in life is to harness my resilience to show others they are stronger than they ever imagined possible.