Curriculum Vitae


Directing Experience: Professional Productions

The Impossibility of Now. by Y York. Tipping Point Theatre. 2018. (Michigan premiere)

Out of Orbit. by Jennifer Maisel. Williamston Theatre. 2018. (world premiere)

Young Americans. by David Wells. Tipping Point Theatre. 2017. (world premiere)

A Painted Window. by Christy Hall. Williamston Theatre. 2017. (world premiere)

Sex With Strangers. by Laura Eason. Detroit Public Theatre. 2016. ("Best Play" Wilde Award nomination)

King Lear. Shakespeare in Detroit. 2015. ("Best of the Bard" Wilde Award)

Love is Strange. by Sean Paraventi. Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company. 2014. (world premiere)

The Maids. by Jean Genet. Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company. 2013.

Soul Mates. by Kirsten Knisely. Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company. 2013. (world premiere)

Burn the Red Banner: Or, Let the Rebels Have Their Fun. by Franco Vitella. The Abreact. 2012. (world premiere)

Rosmersholm. by Henrik Ibsen. Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company. 2011.

Last of the Boys. by Steven Dietz. Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company. 2011.

La Ronde. by Arthur Schnitzler. The Abreact. 2011.

Play It Again, Sam. by Woody Allen. Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company. 2010.

The Commedia Tales of King Arthur. by Lane Riosley. Water Works Theatre Company. 2010.

The Hebrew Hammer. by Jonathan Kesselman. Planet Ant Theatre. 2009.

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. by Bert V. Royal. Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company. 2009.

The Last Five Years. by Jason Robert Brown. Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company. 2009.

A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer. Multiple authors. Until the Violence Stops. 2009.

Any One of Us: Words From Prison. Multiple authors. Until the Violence Stops. 2009.

No Exit. by Jean Paul Sartre. Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company. 2008.

The Vagina Monologues. by Eve Ensler. Until the Violence Stops. 2008.


Directing Experience: One Acts and Staged Readings

Out of Orbit. Williamston Theatre. 2016.

Substitute "X" for "Danger". BoxFest Detroit. 2016.

Off Center. Tipping Point Theatre. 2016.

"Gypsy" Rhymes With "Danger". BoxFest Detroit. 2015

A Barren Man. Jewish Ensemble Theatre. 2012

Upon the Heath. BoxFest Detroit. 2010

To Life! Jewish Ensemble Theatre. 2010

The Russian Plays. Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company. 2010

Speed Dating! BoxFest Detroit. 2009

To Dog. Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company. 2009

Days of Awe. Jewish Ensemble Theatre. 2008

Brights Brighter. BoxFest Detroit. 2008


Directing Experience: Youth Productions

Hamlet. Water Works Theatre Company. 2017.

The Tempest. Water Works Theatre Company. 2016.

Romeo and Juliet. Water Works Theatre Company. 2015.

The Very Last Green Thing. by Cary John Franklin. Michigan Opera Theatre Children's Chorus. 2010.

Brundibar. Michigan Opera Theatre Children's Chorus. 2009. (assistant director)

Uncle Vanya. by Anton Chekhov. The Roeper School. 2007.

Romeo and Juliet. The Roeper School. 2006.


Performance

Fixing Bob (The Kitchen Plays) Metro Detroit Playwrights’ Group. 2013.

Fanny Packs and Hanky Codes: Melissa Ringwald Theatre Gay Play Series. 2013.

The Current: Madame Camille Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company. 2010.

Company Member: Brainstomers! 2010.

Dutchman: Lula. Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company. 2009.

I Was Just Kidding: Sherry. Jewish Ensemble Theatre (educational outreach). 2006-2007.

Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Professional Development MiniGrant. Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Anton Art Center. 2017.

Pulsar Award: Best Play (A Painted Window; Williamston Theatre). 2017.

Wilde Award nomination: Best Play (Sex With Strangers; Detroit Public Theatre). 2016.

Wilde Award: Best of the Bard (King Lear; Shakespeare in Detroit). 2015.

Wilde Award: Critics' Choice "for tireless work on behalf of the local theater community." 2013.

CBS Detroit: one of 5 Best Directors In The Local Theater Scene In Detroit. 2013.

Arts Achievement Award; Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts (MGT) 2012.

Real Detroit Weekly's Best Theatrical Ensemble (MGT) 2011.

Rogue Critic Gallery winner: Sound Design (La Ronde; The Abreact) 2011.


Lectures/Panels

"Prison Arts: Personal Empowerment, Social Transformation." Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed conference. 2017.

"Rethinking Justice." Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience. 2015.

"Shakespeare in Prison and Human Rights." Human Rights Through Education conference; University of Michigan. 2013.

"Punishment Interrupted: Prison Arts as Critical Sites for Women's Activism Behind Bars" panelist. Shakespeare in Prisons Conference; Notre Dame University. 2013.


Miscellaneous

Co-Creator of Sic Semper Trilogy: A Travesty of Ahistoric Proportions; In Three Parts,. Staged as part of BoxFest Detroit from 2015-18.

Williamston Theatre. Cultural Consultant: Beau Jest. 2017.

Statera Foundation. Mentor. 2016-2017.

Royal Oak High School Drama Club.
Various positions, including Co-Director, Choreographer, Dialect/Accent Coach. 2008 – 2014.

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. First Stage Teaching Artist. 2012-2013.

Novi Civic Theatre. Choreographer: The Wizard of Oz. 2013.

Water Works Theatre Company. Teaching Artist: Dance, Modern Drama. 2008-2011.

Matrix Theatre Company. Teaching Artist: Being Onstage. 2011.

Water Works Theatre Company. Choreographer: The Two Gentlemen of Verona. 2010.

Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit (Oak Park). Teaching Artist: Acting classes. 2010.

Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit (West Bloomfield). Teaching Artist: Backstage in Wonderland (theatre day camp). 2009.

Water Works Theatre Company. Choreographer: Romeo and Juliet. 2008.

Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit (West Bloomfield). Teaching Artist: Dance; Te’atron (theatre day camp). 2006-2007.


Sound Design

The Harassment of Iris Malloy. by Zak Berkman. Detroit Public Theatre. 2017.

Dot. by Colman Domingo. Detroit Public Theatre. 2016.

King Lear. Shakespeare in Detroit. 2015.

Rapture, Blister, Burn. by Gina Gionfriddo. Matrix Theatre Company. 2014.

Burn the Red Banner: Or, Let the Rebels Have Their Fun. by Franco Vitella. The Abreact. 2012.

La Ronde. by Arthur Schnitzler. The Abreact. 2011. (Rogue Critic Gallery winner: Sound Design)

Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company. Numerous productions. 2008-2014.


Staff Positions

Founder/Director/Lead Facilitator. Shakespeare in Prison (Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company/Detroit Public Theatre). 2012-present.

Director of Programs. Detroit Public Theatre. 2015-present.

Director of Education and Development. Water Works Theatre Company. 2012-13; 2015-present.

Co-Founder/Artistic Director/Executive Director. Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company. 2008-2014.


Education

Wayne State University. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre/Acting; 2006. Honors: Summa Cum Laude, Lily Tomlin Endowed Scholarship, Leonard & Mary Zudick Endowed Scholarship.

Michael Chekhov Association (New York City). Master Class: Lenard Petit; 2011. The Michael Chekhov Technique in Rehearsal.