Curriculum Vitae 


Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ                                                                                                                  

  • Theatre for Youth and Community, M.F.A.


Carleton College, Northfield, MN                                                                                                                      

  • Theater Arts, B.A., Educational Studies Concentrator.         

  • Arizona Trauma Institute Certified Trauma Support Specialist

  • ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method

  • Cornerstone Theatre Company Two-Day Intensive


Virtual and Online Teaching Experience


Summer 2020

Grey Box Collective | Co-Education Coordinator

  • Facilitated and created a professional development workshop on Trauma-Informed Creative Practice for artists and educators. Conducted over Zoom.


Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artist Program | Teaching Artist

  • Taught and created an arts integrated three hour course merging netiquette and theatre. Target age: middle school. Taught over zoom. 


ASU Summer Institute | Teaching Artist

  • Taught and created a four-day intensive titled Critiquing Movies & Theatre. Target age: middle school. Taught over Zoom and Canvas.

Graduate School Work

2017—2020 | Arizona State University – Tempe

2019-20 | Dramaturg and Assistant Director 

  • WWII War Brides a devised production for an MFA in Performance Thesis                                                                  

    • Researched and organized information on WWII for the production.

    • Led Contact Improvisation technique rehearsals

    • Worked with director to identify creative gestures and moments for the show

2018-20 | Instructor of Record

  • Principles of Dramatic Analysis in Theatre and Film (200-level)

    • Required dramatic analysis course for critical study of Classic films and plays to present day. Writing components.


2017-8 | Teaching Artist

  • Teaching Artist for the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre’s FDT (Film, Dance, and Theatre) Engage

    • Planned and taught for several High School Nights and elementary level in-school residency.

    • Content geared toward increasing comprehension for season’s productions.

  • Co-facilitator for Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts’ What Hamilton Means to Me workshop series.

    • Planned and facilitated an undergraduate-level workshop in the function of the musical Hamilton for today’s audience.

  • Co-teacher and Assistant for Storytime | Tempe Public Library

    • Co-planned and taught one story drama session for 20 preschool students.

    • | Organizing Committee Member for Artist Residency

  • Worked on a team to organize a weeklong artist residency with Tim Webb, founder of Oily Cart, for graduate theatre students.


2017- 9 | Performer

  • Actor, dancer, and deviser for Between Two Worlds, Trade Trade Love and Luna City


2018 | Production Team (numerous roles)

  • Assistant director, stage manager and choreographer for Unsorted by Wesley Middleton for elementary schools in the Tempe/Phoenix area.


2017-8 | Research Assistant

  • Worked with Dr. Mary McAvoy for the AATE Research Awards.

    • Disseminated emails to reviewers and participants

    • Tallied and summarized reviewers’ points and comments


2017-9 | Graduate Panelist and Representative

  • Graduate representative for the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre Season Selection Committee.

  • Panelist for Graduate Professional Development Series on conferences

  • Panelist for How to Survive Grad School first-year orientation


Freelance Theatre Artist


Grey Box Collective | Tempe, AZ

2019-present | Education Co-coordinator

  • Developed Grey Box Collective’s first education unit.

  • Developed and served as teaching artist for high school residency on the exploration of social and emotional well-being through theatre and dance

  • Facilitator for series on Trauma-Informed Creative Practice

2018-9 | Deviser and Performer

  • It’s Not that Simple, a devised dance-theatre performance on rape culture.

  • Tangled Mess, a devised dance-theatre performance no mental health and post-traumatic growth


2018 | Director

  • Director and producer of two devised theatre productions performed and created by an elementary aged ensemble.


Pegasus Theatre Chicago Young Playwrights Festival | remote

2018-2020 | Script Reader

  • Read and provided feedback on 10 scripts written by playwrights in the 7th to 12th grade



ACT3 International | Singapore

            2018 | Intern and Assistant Program Manager

  • Worked as part of the ACT3 International Children’s Theatre Festival. Responsibilities included:

    • Organizing of artists’ itineraries, transportation, and performance schedules

    • Scheduling and overseeing shipping and marketing for festival

    • Stage managing Paperbelle by Frozen Charlotte

    • House managing school group and public performances​



Pangea World Theatre | Minneapolis

2016-7 | Intern

  • Assistant to the Office Manager and other staff. Responsibilities included:

    • Organizing and hosting Anything but English, a cabaret for artists whose first language is not English. A partnership with Patrick’s Cabaret.

    • Organizing and creating comprehensive material for the history of the company

    • Co-organizing and participating in workshops for emerging playwrights of color


Anodyne Artist Company | St. Paul

2016-7| Performing Arts Instructor

  • Planned and facilitated theater and movement classes for adult artists of mixed mental and physical disabilities.

2016 | Assistant Director

  • It Could be Worse or Love at Frostbite written and directed by Mary Pendergast.


Wonderlust Productions | St. Paul

            2016 | Assistant to Directors

  • In My Heart: The Adoption Play Project – a community production about the adoption community in Minnesota. Responsibilities included:

    • Managed script pages and edits for the cast

    • Served as an administrative support for directors, choreographer, and composer


GreenT Productions | St. Paul

            2016-7 | Performer

  • Performed as Sadako in A Thousand Cranes. Reached about 200 elementary school-aged students.

  • Performed as Pinocchio in Pincchio-Chan, a Japanese theatre inspired adaptation of Pinocchio. St. Paul public library performances.


Carleton College | Northfield

2015-6 | Director and Deviser

  • Directed Perpetrators, my Senior Comprehensive Project on stealing. Awarded Distinction and the Ann Goodson Weiner Prize.


Northfield Arts Guild | Northfield

            2015 | Director and Teaching Artist

  • Directed The Framing, a production with elementary school students with the Young People’s Theatre Workshop

  • Taught Lecoq-inspired physical characterization to elementary through middle school-aged students.


Guthrie Theatre | Minneapolis

2015 | Guthrie Summer Camp Intern

  • Teaching Assistant to the Teaching Artists for weekly camps for students from elementary to high school.

  • Assisted in administrative duties including preparation of classroom material for the Education Department



Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)

            2019 | Panel Presenter

  • A Changing Scene: How and Why to Deconstruct the Dance/Theatre Divide. A participatory reflection on how to use dance and theatre to promote inclusive spaces.


Association Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)

  • 2019 – Worlds of Knowledge: Science, Performance, and the Public. Presented paper on research about devised theatre methodologies with young people using social media

  • 2019 – Graduate Inclusion Committee member

  • 2018 – Global Asia: Performance and the Body. Presented paper on the performance of identity as an international student in America.


Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative Conference | Arizona State University

2018-9| Planning Committee Member and Co-Programming Chair

  • Responsibilities included:

    • Reviewing and organizing panel, presentation, and round-table submissions

    • Planning the schedule and overall structure of the conference


Performing Arts Training


  • Immersive Theatre for children with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities workshop with Tim Webb, founder of Oily Cart, UK

  • Kabuki Workshop with Kathy Welch (Artistic Director of GreenT Productions)

  • Devised Theater Workshop with Jon Ferguson (Artistic Director of Theater Forever)

  • Pig Iron Company Summer Session with Quinn Bauriedel, Delpech and Aghazarian)




  • Inlet Dance Theatre Summer Intensive

  • Anaya Dance Theatre Summer Intensive

  • Semaphore Repertory Dance Company, Carleton College

  • Performed in the American College Dance Association in 2014 and 2015  


Honors and Awards


  • Don and Elizabeth Doyle Fellow | AATE

  • Colleen Toohey Porter Fellowship | TYA/USA

  • SEGNI New Generations Festival delegate | ASSITEJ, Italy



  • Barbara Salisbury Wills Theatre Scholarship | ASU                                                           

  • Katherine K. Herberger Scholarship in Film, Dance and Theatre | ASU                                       

  • ASU Special Talent Award |ASU                           


Additional Skills                    
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

  • Academic and non-academic writing

  • Video and sound editing software: Isadora, Garage Band, iMovie

  • LinkedIn

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