I’m a writer/playwright, director, performer and producer of solo, devised and community-based projects.
I grew up in Wyoming, dropped out of Boston College, spent a couple of years in Los Angeles as an improvisational comedienne, lived in France for a little over a year, bartended, delivered singing telegrams, graduated from the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York, and eventually finished my bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College.
From 1991-1995, I was a co-founding director of Ko Theatre Works and the Ko Festival of Performance at Amherst (long since under the excellent direction of Sabrina Hamilton)–an ensemble theatre company and annual festival where I had my work occasionally produced through 2006. I had the great good fortune collaborate with (and rely upon for wisdom) the inimitable Wendy Woodson and Present Company. Was acting executive director for a couple of nonprofit arts organizations in Western Massachusetts, worked a stint at Smith College in the Theatre, Dance and Music department, and went back to school for a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
My plays and solo performances have been produced throughout New England, in New York, California and Colorado.
In the Department of Communication at Regis University since 2004, I’ve taught courses in performance studies, interpersonal and intercultural communication, dialogue, devised and community-based theatre, comedy, speech and acting, communication theory and new media.
At Regis, I launched and curated the interdisciplinary faculty-student blog, The Regis Performance Alliance, which documents students’ transformative experiences making work for the stage (at a college with no theatre program and no theatre spaces) and which advocates for the vital importance of theatre practice for developing communication and collaborative skills.
From 2008-2015, I developed and advised the student sketch-and-improvisational comedy ensemble, OutRegis!, whose mission was to promote dialogue around difficult topics using comedy as the spark.
I’m on faculty in the Mile High MFA (low-residency Creative Writing) program, where I offer workshops and mentorship for writers who want to sharpen their public reading skills, or who are learning to create and develop solo performances.