As a visual theatre artist I am passionate about collaborating with others to create meaningful work.
My performance style is quirky and musical. As an educator I encourage my students to embrace their instincts. I strive to make my classroom studio an inclusive environment where every child feels that they have something important to contribute whether they are shy or wild with energy.
Urban Dove Charter School II Bronx
Theatre and Creative Arts and ELA Teacher
Teaching trauma informed theatre, puppetry, art, and English education with differentiated instruction at a restorative justice transfer high school.
Nov 2017-Mar 2018
Puppet Designer and Director
Directed and Designed Puppets for Steve Yakutis' original play Balancing Water. Over 32 students 3rd-6th graders.
2012 - 2018
Creative Arts Instructor
Theater Production and Design w/ Middle School: A new course to introduce Middle School students to all aspects of creating a production including preparation for the METG fesival.
Devised Play-Writing w/ Middle School: twisted fairy tales 2014 and therapy for heroes and villains 2015.
Stop-Motion Animation: Teaching 5-12yrs story-boarding, editing, & building puppet characters. Providing students with challenges in animating movement and environments.
Fine Arts 4-7 yrs. Collage, painting, sculpture, and design.
Speciality Workshop Upper Elementary Kamishibai Unit (Japanese Paper Theatre) students created images and acted out their original stories.
Peabody Veteran Memorial High School
Dec 2015-Apr 2016
Puppetry Movement Director
Guiding high school students in bunraku style puppetry for their Festival competition performance: The Long Christmas Ride Home. This performance recently won preliminaries, semi-finals, and State Finals of the Massachusetts Theater Festival.
Art in a Garden
Co-Art Director Summer Camp
Co-Developed curriculum for six themed weeks ages 6-12.Supervised counselors, field trips, & visiting artists to the Growing Center.
This year’s themes connected to movement and spirals in art making. Lessons ranged from learning stop-motion animation and visiting Pixar’s exhibition at the Science Museum to creating type-face, printmaking, sculpture, painting, and collage.
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminister Boy-2013
Created bird puppets for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster boy. Taught and supervised college level performing/props students.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane-2015
Designed Shadow Puppets. Built and Designed Rod Crow and Seagull Puppets, collaborated with Costumes to create wings, and fairy tale puppet sequence for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, as well as directing puppeteering with actors.
Lexington Public Schools
2009 - 2012
Taught High School Foundations of Art 09-10. Introduced students to gesture drawings, observation, and art history. Created an interdisciplinary curriculum. Traveling K-1st art teacher 2010-2012 taught shadow puppetry, collage, and foundational art skills in connjuction with picture books and artists: Eric Carle, Mo Willems, Lois Lehlert, and Romare Bearden.
Anything Can Be A Puppet Workshop
Leader and Teacher
An educational workshop to bring the artistry of puppetry to the classroom and build puppets out of scavenged materials.
Los Angeles County High School For The Arts Fall 2020
Medford Public Schools Medford, MA Spring 2016
Medford Public Library Medford, MA Apr 2015
National Puppetry Festival Swarthmore, PA Aug 2013
Emerson College Boston, MA May 2013
National Heritage Museum Lexington, MA Apr-May 2010
Taught in correlation with Jim Henson’s Fantastic World Exhibition
Visual Arts K-12 # 43960
Theatre Arts K-12
Emerson College. M.A
2012 - 2015
A concentration in performance and technical theatre, including teaching college level/middle school students.
Internship with Cambridge Rindge and Latin: teaching drama with Brett Cramp, puppet workshops, and assistant directing The Addams Family Musical
Internship with Wellesley Middle School: teaching drama with Leah Fine, acting unit, and assistant directing Seussical the Musical.
Teaching graduates a Professional Development Course on Puppetry.
Directing and performing in Emerson productions.
Directing the Musical course-Stephen Terrell.
Self created Directed study in properties and co-assisting college level props class with Ron DeMarco. Within this course I assisted the professor in evolving the curriculum in conjunction with his mentorship in building a chair in small and large scale.
Tufts University, M.A.T.
School Musuem Of Fine Arts
Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education Aug 2009
Certified Visual Arts Teacher K-8 and developed specialized curriculum in mixed media, animation, and puppetry.
Highlights include: Student Teaching Internships at Boston Renaissance Charter School and Bennett-Hemenway Elementary School.
Bachelor of Fine Arts & Minor in Drama May 2008
Concentration in film, animation, and performance art at SMFA with a minor in Theater at Tufts University
Highlights include performances at the Balch arena Theatre, pop-up book set-design for Seussical, installation art exhibition, film, video, and selected animation "Once Again Please" screened the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Eugene O'Neill National Theater Institute Spring 2017
Study with Complicite in neutral mask and lecoq in London, UK.
Study in Playwriting, Droznin, Design, Directing, Movement, Shakespeare, Composition, Actor's Musicianship, Tai Chi, Yoga, Stage Combat, Voice. Courses with: Rachel Jett, David Jaffe, Jeremy Marya Ursin, Kaz Liske, Susan Blackwell, Richard Digby-Day, Michael Cadman, Emily Bergl, Scott Murphy, Donna DiNovelli, and David Chandler, Anne Tofflemire, and continuing.
Eugene O'Neill Puppetry Conference
2013, 2014, 2015, 2021
Writing intensive with Hansol Jung and Lexy Leuszler
Chinese Rod Puppetry-Hua Hua
Heart of the Beast Water
The Dramatic Body-Hugo and Ines
Mentors: Tyler Bunch. Robert Smythe