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

I am a teacher, a collaborator, and a friend. Artists, writers, teachers, musicians are here to make a difference. I’m trying to keep my eye on what’s important: paving a road for those who come after us by leaving the path cleared, clean, and well-lit. Their journey is up to them.

What most excites you about being a part of TAM’s 50th Anniversary Season?

Getting to work with the company, the designers, the whole staff – being a part of this community for a month or two. I love the space, and believe it or not, I love the short rehearsal period!

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 think that Shakespeare’s plays are like a 12-string guitar, always making discoveries and developing new ideas around themes. If I were trapped on a desert island, I’d like a Complete Shakespeare, that’s it.  Look what Hamlet did for Gilligan’s Island and what opera did for Bugs Bunny. I shake it up by making it matter now. Physical comedy is timeless – and laughter is a universal language.

Who inspires you and why?

Trailblazers. The Notorious RBG. Becky Hammon. And Shakespeare, of course! Because he makes me use every part of myself: every muscle, every corner of my brain and my whole heart. How many things can you say that about?

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

Golly, what a party! Robert Caro, because of his commitment to his subject; Elaine May, who I think is brilliant, and Julia Child, to share her unique journey, and so she could cook for all of us!

What recent accomplishment are you most proud of?

I got married in 2015.

What’s your super power?

Vitamin B!