Outside of work, I am a "book troll," in love with reading and curling up with a good cup of tea. I am a member of the Sunrise Movement, BU VAGMO+, the BU Climate Action, Research, and Education club, and BU Votes. I am an avid Madam Secretary fan, a self-described feminist, a (certainly) amateur poet, and a lover of Scooby Doo discourse.
I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and attended Ann Arbor Pioneer High School.
I am invested in creating and supporting new ways of relating to each other and to our material world. For most of my life, I have done this through theatre. I have long been captivated by storytelling that reaches out to remind us of our commonalities; I adore art which compels us to question our relationships with ourselves, each other, and our planet. Specifically, I am fascinated by larger than life explorations that dive into the human condition through magical realism. I love interactive theatre which reminds us that we are all in a room together, living and breathing and perhaps making some of that magic with our presence. I have long held that theatre is powerful for its ability to envision utopias of relating, as Jill Dolan writes.
But I have reached a point where I don’t know if it is powerful enough, on its own.
Theatre envisions utopias, but this vision seems cloudy amongst rising ticket prices, rising costs of living, stagnant wages, failing school systems, and environmental crises, to name but a few. It is for this reason that I am invested in courageous management which emphasizes environmental and economic sustainability. I am invested in productions that work in tandem with new environmental policy and community outreach efforts. Moreover, I am interested in managing mass movements and political protest, with a focus on the storytelling and theatricality inherent within these actions. I will always be a passionate consumer and producer of theatrical events, but I firmly believe that they must intersect with community politics and sustainability.