Joan of Arc changed my life.
I had never held a sword before, and suddenly I was thrust into a rehearsal room full of carefully orchestrated chaos with a rapier in my right hand and a dagger in my left. And I fell in love. Thanks to the tutelage of Fight Master Michael G. Chin, I now hold four weapon certifications through the Society of American Fight Directors, and the rank of Actor/Combatant. My goal is to train and certify in all eight weapons that the SAFD has to offer and achieve the rank of Advanced Actor/Combatant.
After spending two months in isolation at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have recently moved to Brooklyn, NY, to begin exploring what a future in this strange new world looks like...
In addition to pursuing work onstage, I am interested in working in the realm of theatre education, and hope to continue developing the teaching and leadership skills that I have built through my work with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Muhlenberg College's new student orientation program. I also want to pursue opportunities in the medical community by acting as a standardized patient - helping future healthcare professionals achieve greater levels of empathy for those in their care.
I graduated from Muhlenberg College in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Neuroscience - a combination that perplexes many at first, but one that has gifted me with various interesting ways to connect my passions for creativity, philosophy, and fostering empathy. Throughout my college experience, my coursework has allowed me to engage deeply with theories of emotion and consciousness from multiple angles, informing my growth as an actor and human being.
Over the course of my existence, I have been collecting passions to add to the ever-growing pile of things that I love. The very first was reading. The next was musical theatre. After that, it was tea. Then, along came Shakespeare and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival - where I was lucky enough to be accepted to their Summer Seminar for High School Juniors and be asked to return as a Senior Assistant for the program the following year. This sparked my love for mentoring teenagers and young adults, as well as a dive into heightened language and classical verse, which in college led me to be cast as Joan of Arc in a new adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV tetralogy. Which brings me to...
GLORY - photo by Ken Ek
HERO - a coming of age story
This coming of age adventure inspired by the Legend of Zelda tells the story of a young woman who ventures into a mystical forest in search of a legendary sword that will enable her to save her kingdom. Along the way, she faces challenges from the outside world and from within, but fights to overcome them for the sake of herself, her kingdom, and her princess (played by yours truly!).
Directed by Tom Quigley, and featuring fight choreography from Art School Dropouts, HERO is set to finish filming and post-production some time in 2021, pending the developing COVID-19 situation.
Sink or Swim - Women Rock!
Muhlenberg's 6th annual (and now, virtual) alumni cabaret will go live on YouTube at 7:30pm EST on Friday, August 28th! The theme for this year? Women ROCK! Watch a group of very talented alumni from the class of 2003 to the class of 2020 perform work by female lyricists and composers. Myself and my quarantine buddy/roommate (the amazing Taylor Helena Beckman) will be performing our own take on "Bad Idea" from Waitress. Link below:
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Virtual Showcase)
Arden Theatre Company
On Friday, June 5th, I will be playing Egeus in this unique production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Matt Pfeiffer. This incredible ensemble of recent college grads is working hard to bring you the magic of the faerie wood in the comfort of your own home!
There will be two showings, streamed live on YouTube! The links below will go live 5 minutes before showtime!
UPDATE: As a cast, we have organized a fundraiser for the Philadelphia Bail Fund. Please consider donating what you are able. Our mission statement and links for donation are available on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/544295529780290/545926856283824/