Piknik Theatre's Summer Season-2022
After this past fall, I accepted the job title as Director of Educational Outreach for Piknik Theatre. My partner, Jeremy Jacobs, is music directing and I am currently directing and designing Piknik Theatre's First Summer Camp production of High School Musical Jr.! We are a week into what is shaping up to be an incredible cast of enthusiastic performers. Steamboat is beautiful and it has been so thrilling to teach alongside Jeremy.
We will also be teaching various theatrical workshops, bringing educational theatre opportunities to the entire community.
In July, Jeremy and I will be directing Piknik Theatre's professional production of A Year with Frog and Toad and I will be performing in the company's production of Twelfth Night as Viola.
In addition, I designed the company's new website and the graphics for the Piknik Theatre 2022 Summer Season. I am currently learning to write grants, publicize events, organize donors, and produce educational outreach programs through Piknik Theatre.
New York City-February 2022
This February I moved across the country from Northern California to New York City. It is an adventure I have been looking forward to for years and was finally able to make into a reality. I am currently living on the Upper West Side, designing websites, and exploring this amazing city with my partner, Jeremy Jacobs. I work as a teaching artist for the award winning TADA! Youth Theater, bringing musical theater education to public and private schools throughout NYC.
Educational Outreach-Fall 2021
During my contract with Piknik Theater this Fall, I worked as an actor and the Director of Educational Outreach, providing theater arts classes each week in the local Alternative High School, Middle School, and Montessori School.
The High School curriculum involved text analysis, creative writing, play structure, character creation, an intro to Shakespeare, and monologue/scene writing.
On October 14th, the Montessori school presented their original play: "Right but Wrong". As an elementary school that focusses on experiential learning, I wanted the program to give students the opportunity to create their own characters, paint their own sets, and design their own costumes. The curriculum emphasized full ownership of their creativity.
On the weekend of October 22-23, the Steamboat Springs Middle School performed Matilda the Musical Jr.. The show was a huge success in the Steamboat community as one of the first indoor musical performances since the shutdown. Community members came to the show and were thrilled by the high level of professionalism and talent onstage! My job involved directing the play, choreographing musical numbers, design and creating sets/costumes/props, designing posters and t-shirt, organizing parent volunteers, designing programs, creating a ticket sale process, and taking student headshots and professional production photos.
Romeo + Juliet-Piknik Theater-Fall 2021
After my summer contract in Steamboat Springs, I was cast as Benvolio in Piknik Theater's production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Adeline Mann. The production took place in the local church, giving the place a specific tone and atmosphere. To read more about it, click below for the local news article. The production photos incorporated in the article are part of my work as well.
Much Ado/The Boy, Mole, Fox, Horse-Piknik Theater-Summer
After 16 months without performing, I signed a contract to perform with Piknik Theater in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The summer involved playing Don Pedro/Verges in Much Ado About Nothing and creating the role of the Boy in the theatrical world premiere of the children's book: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse (Adapted for the stage by Sydnee Fullmer). In addition to performing, I directed the week long Piknik Theater Shakespeare Summer Camp which concluded with a performance of ensemble based Shakespeare monologues. I taught classes on Shakespeare text work, movement, ensemble and team building through physical exercises and by reciting Shakespeare monologues, and storytelling through movement with music.
Two Scoops Cabaret-During a Pause in Theater 2020
When theater shut down in 2020, my partner, Jeremy Jacobs, and I were quarantined in Northern California. Jeremy is a music director and skilled piano player and I love singing as well as acting. We decided to bring joy to loved ones across the country during these hard times by performing an online cabaret of music every Friday evening for an hour. We covered many different genres including: Rogers + Hammerstein, Jazz Week, Piano Bar Week, Disney Week, Broadway Showstoppers, and many more. We called ourselves Two Scoops and raised money for a local ice cream store in my hometown called Screaming Mimi's.
In 2020, while theater's were closed due to the pandemic, I focussed my time and energy on another passion of mine: creating stationery. I began designing stationery using watercolors to create paintings to scan, shrink, and print on cards. I hope to continue this art form, even as performing becomes available again. My line of stationery can be found in the "shop" tab of this website. Give it a look!
ASF Fellowship 2019-2020
In September 2019, I started the 7 month fellowship at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. During my time with ASF, I performed as Helena/Snug in a traveling school tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Cat in The Cat in the Hat, Eva Schloss in And Then They Came for Me, and fight choreographer/mother in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. During our tour of Midsummer, we taught masterclasses involving character creation, improv games, and basic acting tools.
Piknik Theater Debut-Summer 2019
After Love's Labors Lost, I was cast as Miranda/Trinculo in Piknik Theater's production of The Tempest. This outdoor summer production took place at the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. In addition to The Tempest, I starred as the Girl in a devised version of the children's book The Paper Bag Princess and taught Shakespeare for their week long summer camp.
Love's Labors Lost-Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
The summer following graduation, I made my professional theatrical debut as Maria in Shakespeare Festival St. Louis's production of Love's Labors Lost. The production took place is the gorgeous Shakespeare Glen located in St. Louis's Forest Park. This production marked the 100th anniversary of Forest Park.
Graduation from Webster University-2019
I graduated with honors from the Conservatory of Theater Arts at Webster University in 2019 with a BFA in Acting and a Minor in Music.