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

At the end of my summer working as TAM’s Props Master, I will return to Maine College of Art for the final year of my Jewelry and Metalsmithing BFA. I consider myself a maker, in the sense that I love making things including but not limited to jewelry, pies, and props. I discovered my love of theater early and though I decided to pursue a studio art degree, I have still looked for ways to be a part of the theater community. As the props intern at TAM last year I was able to indulge my love of making and enjoy an incredible art community. I am glad that I was invited back this summer as the Props Master and I am confident that this experience will continue to allow me to grow as an artist in the future.

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

I am most excited for the fabulous shows running this season. Both the production staff and the actors are doing amazingly well putting together something that will be astonishing to see.

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?

One of my greatest loves about art is how we are able to draw on the past in order to find new avenues of inspiration. Classic theater is at its core a form of preserving stories that we make new again in the minds of our audiences.

Who inspires you and why?

I have always been most inspired by my family. They have both supported my desire to learn as much as possible about art, as well as teaching me all that they know. I first learned to sew at my mother’s knee and to cook at my father’s side. They introduced me to the wonders of the world and I continue to be inspired by what I learned from them to this day.

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

David Freda, Lady Gaga, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Freda because his jewelry has been such a huge inspiration to me, Lady Gaga because I love her music and the charity she has created for LGBT youth, and Ginsberg because of all she has done to promote gender equality in our current world.

What recent accomplishment are you most proud of?

My hand carved and crafted Stone Chain Brooch was recently accepted into two different exhibitions. First a local show called, “Stomping Ground: The 72nd Annual Community Exhibition” at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Sharon Arts Center Gallery and secondly at the national “Juried Student Exhibition” at the Society North American Goldsmith Conference.

What’s your super power?

I can bake anything I set my mind to; family favorites including strawberry rhubarb pie, tiramisu and ginger snaps.