Researcher, Creator and Performer of Disordered, An Interview Theatre Play: New York University
May 2012 – May 2013
My Master’s thesis at NYU was a one-woman play that explores negative body image, body perception, and the role that American media may or may not play in forming one’s perception of their body. The piece is based on thirty verbatim interviews from women living in New York City. The play was awarded the -ISM Scholarship from the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs at NYU in Spring 2013.
Performer and Creator of Amplified: The National Alliance on Mental Illness and Single Carrot Theatre
February 2011 – May 2011
In collaboration with Single Carrot Theatre (Baltimore, MD) and The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), I wrote and performed a one-woman auto-ethnodrama entitled Amplified that explored the stigma on mental illness in America. I performed the piece at Single Carrot Theatre, the Baltimore Crisis Response Unit, and participated in a psychiatrist led talkback with the intention to create awareness and dialogue around this important issue.
Teaching Assistant: New York University (Theatre in Communities and Applied Theatre I)
January 2013 – Current
During my course work as a Master’s student and PhD student at New York University, I have had the honor of TAing for Dr. David Montgomery and Dr. Philip Taylor. I assisted Dr. Montgomery’s Theatre in Communities course which took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the Spring of 2013 and Dr. Philip Taylor’s Drama and Youth course which took place in London, England in the Summer of 2013. I also TAed for Professor Taylor’s Applied Theatre I course in the Fall of 2013 at NYU. I am currently TAing for Professor Taylor’s Applied Theatre II class in the Spring of 2014.
Teaching Artist: NYC Public Schools (Story Pirates)
September 2011 – Current
With Story Pirates, using theatre, writing, improvisation and comedy, I have taught kindergarten through high school theatre and writing classes in the New York City public school system with the intention to create student-centered, artistic learning experiences.
Education and Research Intern: Tectonic Theater Project
November 2012 – July 2013
Under the direction of Moises Kaufman, I assisted Tectonic Theater Project as they began the process of building their education department from the ground up. I assisted the company as they mounted the tenth anniversary of The Laramie Project at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in early Spring 2013, and most recently was their production assistant for a workshop of Square Peg, Round Hole, Tectonic Theater’s newest interview-based play on Autism.
Personal Assistant: Bill Irwin
January 2013 – May 2013
I assisted Bill Irwin, the tony award winning actor and clown, as he rehearsed and opened Old Hats Off-Broadway.
Manager: Alliance of Residential Theaters/New York
September 2011 – March 2013
I assisted the Alliance of Residential Theaters/New York (ART/NY) in organizing and coordinating their rehearsal and theatrical spaces, as well as taking care of administrative work for many of the three hundred off-Broadway theaters that are members of ART/NY.
Teaching Artist: NYC Jail and Juvenile Detention System (Voices UnBroken)
August 2011 – September 2012
As a teaching artist for Voices UnBroken, I used theatre, poetry, writing, and hip-hop as a tool for expression and empowerment with youth and adults in the New York City jail and juvenile detention system, as well as half-way homes, foster homes and rehabilitation facilities.
Teaching Artist: NYC Homeless Shelters (Art Start)
April 2011 – August 2011
I volunteered at LIFE homeless shelter weekly on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to create art with youth ranging from ages four to eighteen through Art Start. I worked to empower their talents and voices, and to inspire them to continue to use several different forms of art as an outlet for expression.
Teaching Artist: Center for Alternative Sentencing (One Mic and Art Start)
May 2011 – September 2011
Through Art Start’s program One Mic, I volunteered at CASES – a center for alternative sentencing – weekly with male youth offenders ages fifteen to twenty-one and assisted them in writing spoken work, poetry and hip-hop lyrics as an opportunity for growth and enjoyment.
Education Administrative Associate: Planned Parenthood Federation of America
October 2010 – October 2011
I worked as a project manager, coordinator, and educator for the education team (CAL at ARMS) at PPFA. My department at PPFA assisted the nationwide health centers, volunteers and youth with the most up-to-date education and information on sexual health and women’s rights issues.