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acting

Working primarily with Shakespeare, I seek conversation and collaboration amongst actors and audience, supported by thorough textual investigation, clear physical life, and a deeply personal voice. 

I have worked with companies throughout the (mostly) Northeast, including New York Classical Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Majestic Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Advice to the Players.

As an ongoing student of this art form, I have trained in movement, voice, clown, fight, dance, and acting with a number of companies, including Alexandra Beller Dances, Shakespeare & Company, The Barrow Group, the Linklater Voice Center, and The Humanist Project. I also hold an M.F.A. from the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University in conjunction with Shakespeare Theatre Company.

selected roles

Leonata

Helena

Sir Toby Belch

Elvira

Friar Lawrence

Jeweller, Timandra

Queen, Belarius

Death

Juliet

Trish

Lucy

Hero

Ophelia

Much Ado About Nothing

All's Well That Ends Well 

Twelfth Night

Blithe Spirit

Romeo and Juliet (audio)

Timon of Athens U/S

Cymbeline

EVERYBODY U/S

Romeo and Juliet

The Whirligig (reading)

The Rivals

Much Ado About Nothing

Hamlet

Advice to the Players; dir. Raphael Massie

Advice to the Players; dir. Caroline Nesbitt

Elsewhere Shakespeare

Majestic Theater; dir. Sue Dziura

Academy for Classical Acting; dir. Holly Twyford

Shakespeare Theatre Company; dir. Simon Godwin

Academy for Classical Acting; dir. Dan Crane

Shakespeare Theatre Company; dir. Will Davis

The Woolgatherers Theater Company; dir. Grace Herman-Holland

Shakespeare & Co; dir. Hamish Linklater

New York Classical Theater; dir. Stephen Burdman

The Fools and Kings Project; dir. Kenny Wade Marshall

The Fools and Kings Project; dir. Kenny Wade Marshall

Sandwich, NH

Sandwich, NH

Northampton, MA

West Springfield, MA

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

New York, NY

Lenox, MA

New York, NY

New York, NY

New York, NY

From Romeo and Juliet
The Woolgatherers Theater Group
Brooklyn, NY
2019

directing

The opportunity to direct was longed for but not sought after. When it fell in my lap, I was honored, thrilled, and very nervous. After many years of having Too Many Opinions about the macrocosm of a production, finally I had to put those opinions to the test and see if they held any water.

 

I have found that my study of movement, and even of architecture, has very much informed my work as a director. Above all, my task is to support actors in their storytelling. In order to do so, I offer a geometric structure, crafted in collaboration with each actor's instincts, in which they can explore, much as heightened text provides structure in which to play.

War of the Roses Part 2:
CURSES and Queens

Summer 2024

War of the Roses Part 1:

She-wolves and Queens

Produced by Advice to the Players

August 2023, Sandwich, NH

Directorial Debut

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producing

My first company was born in 2016, out of a corner of our neighborhood bar. We called ourselves The Woolgatherers Theater Group and we sought to tell old stories in new ways with artists from a broad range of backgrounds in their artistic methodologies and social communities. Despite shared undergraduate training, my co-founder and I had since pursued vastly different training, but shared a philosophy and passion for audience engagement, truthful storytelling, and a visceral experience.

As a producer, my job is to balance logistics and creativity in support of the artistic team. With The Woolgatherers, I managed fundraising campaigns ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 as well as marketing strategies that sold out numerous performances. And, as any theater maker knows, I picked up any and all bits and pieces that needed tending throughout the process, from hiring front of house staff to running out and buying ice myself. I also worked as an actor for this company, strengthening my prioritization, delegation, and self-awareness as I balanced creativity and logistics in tandem.

I stepped away from The Woolgatherers a stronger leader, a more supportive team member, and a lifelong student of group dynamics and interpersonal communication. It brings me deep pleasure to bring artists together and help facilitate a shared creative process.

Photos from 'Eyes of a Blue Dog,' 'Romeo and Juliet,' and 'Genesis 22.'   The Woolgatherers Theater Group, NY.  Photos by Ariella Axelbank and others.

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