I have always loved performing.
Growing up, theatre was my home. I was lucky enough to have parents who embraced our California lifestyle: they drove me to classes, auditions, and rehearsals, and they never missed a performance.
As I matured, theatre transitioned from a hobby to a passion. My summers were spent at Shakespeare Camp, and in 2008, I traveled with the University of Dallas to study Shakespeare in Italy. Standing in Venice, shouting "What's the news on the Rialto?" from the bridge itself, I knew I had committed to a life in the theatre.
I spent Summer 2009 in Poughkeepsie, NY, training with the Powerhouse Apprentice Training Program (in partnership with New York Stage and Film). There, two important things happened: I met my best friend, and I discovered that collaboration and creation cannot exist without each other.
When I began undergrad, I was giddy with possibility. I studied theatre, but I also took other classes: mythology, biology, Hebrew, rock climbing, and even golf. It was my goal to learn deeply and broadly.
My first foray into Theatre for Young Audiences came my senior year, in a Hampshire College class called Take the Show on the Road. We staged, designed, performed, and toured Lily Plants a Garden. Complete with puppets and post-show talk backs, Lily rocked my world. Until that moment, my love for theatre and love for young people had always been separate. Now, they coalesced.
As I became more deeply involved with TYA, my goals changed. I no longer wanted to be an actor. Instead, after graduation, I moved back to California, where I began teaching and directing. I wore many hats, working for myriad organizations, including San Carlos Children's Theater, Palo Alto Children's Theatre, and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.
In August of 2017, I began a Theatre for Young Audiences graduate program at the University of Central Florida. My focus is on using theatre as an approach: working with young people to grow, create, and discover. Click here for what that looks like lately, and here if you're just curious about what I do in my free time!
MFA: University of Central Florida, Theatre for Young Audiences,
Expected May 2020
BA: Smith College, Theatre, Jewish Studies,
Received May 2014