Photo from "A Night of Monologues Supporting the Women of Pittsburgh," 2017 (I oversaw the artistic and writing process)
Amish Monkeys' Improvised Scene Selections and Interviews, 2012
"Dad vs. Man" Poem, incorporated in "Songs from a Lost Civilization and Other Stories," 2015 production
Video of interviews and select improvised scenarios used to help startup businesses overcome challenges, 2016 New Sun Rising Remixer
"Human Voyage" Poem in ekakshara journal, 2009
Photo from "You are What You Discard," 2013 production
Photo from "To Be a God," 2016 production
"The Global Wo/man" Scene Selections, 2012 production (based on interviews with women from around the world)
Kennywood Scene from collaborative, surrealist production, "northeastsouthwest," 2016
Photo from "Recycling Plastics," 2013 production
Poster Image from "If There Were Such a Thing as Happiness," 2014 production
Photo from "Alekhya: Spilling Ink," 2007 production
Poster Image from "Demystify the Creative," a multi-artistic collaboration I facilitated and co-developed, 2012 event
"Woman in the Raw" Scene Selections, 2015 production (based on my blogs and Facebook status updates)
"It's All Greek to Me!" Nonfiction Piece, 2017
"Diversity - Like Coming Home" Nonfiction Piece, 2017
|Experienced With||Teaching engagements, Speaking engagements, Performances, Lectures, Leading workshops, Collaboration|
Oscar Wilde wrote for one of his characters, "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." So it is to be an artist. I am tickled pink about educational, experimental, multidisciplinary, multicultural, and multi-hilarious forms of art. As a storyteller and performer of improvised, scripted, devised, and site-specific works, I channel the following: Eastern and Western cultural traditions, ancient theatre characteristics, observations of human quirks, alternative strategies for audience engagement, inspiration from other arts disciplines, and the legacy of darkly comedic and/or avant-garde artists pushing the bounds of form and theme, such as Samuel Beckett, Suzan-Lori Parks, Dorothy Parker, and Bertolt Brecht. Also, I am intrigued by the evocative and provocative components of art and how they intertwine with social themes, including basic human rights, diversity, and gender equality.
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, I am a Pittsburgh-based writer, educator, and collaborative theatre artist with a global perspective. I have created pieces for festivals, community events, and schools, including Pittsburgh Fringe Festival (see profile photo for a production image), Poets Corner's Bard Walk, Women's Independent Press' Celebration of Pittsburgh Women, No Name Players' Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) Day, Organic Theater's Earth Day Festival, The Ellis School, and Gateway to the Arts' preschool programs. For ten years, I worked with the Amish Monkeys Improvisational Comedy Troupe to create and perform short-form scenes and games for a dedicated fan base. I have continued my artistic work beyond Pittsburgh for Gilbert Theater's New Play Festival in North Carolina, Theatre Communications Group's National Conference in Los Angeles, and LA Stage Alliance's National Playwrights' Slam. Additionally, I collaborated with Washington, D.C.'s Spilling Ink to develop a Bharatanatyam dance, poetry, and theatre production in Chennai, India, where I also taught creative workshops for students and educators through the American Consulate. Currently, I share my arts mission and passion with Point Park University as an Adjunct Professor, the University of Pittsburgh as a Standardized Patient, Hello Neighbor as a Refugee Advocate, and City Theatre as a Teaching Artist in Playwriting.
Note to Viewers: Currently, I am on a much-needed social media respite, so my Facebook account is inactive. Moreover, my work samples on this site consist of literary pieces as well as photos and videos of performances I have composed or co-devised. All theatre works involved collaboration with other talented artists.