I am a teacher, theater artist, producer, and arts advocate based in Columbus, Ohio. Whether I am helping an artist get an idea off the ground, building a theatrical event alongside incarcerated collaborators, teaching a course on community-based artmaking, assessing the capacity of arts organizations to better serve their audiences, or using theatre to grow dialogue on complex social problems - my work supports arts engagement and community development. I have a PhD from the University of Minnesota, and live with my husband Karl and two fantastic kids.
I am the lead facilitator for Ohio Prison Arts Connection, a coalition that brings people and art together inside and outside Ohio's prisons. During the time of COVID-19, we have launched a weekly conversation series on the arts and the justice system titled Radio OPAC (join us Fridays at 11am EST!), built creative care packages to give to people incarcerated and under quarantine, started a poster series about the power of the arts, and partnered with the state of Ohio to build a quarantine chapbook featuring artwork and writing by incarcerated Ohioans.
I teach theatre and arts administration at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. My students are working on new plays, research, community-based art projects, internships, and more.
In partnership with Healing Broken Circles, I am the Director of Theater of Conviction at Marion Correctional Institution, where I work with a company of 20 incarcerated men to learn about and make theatre. I also teach college credit-granting courses in acting and dramatic literature. During 2019, we produced And In This Corner, Cassius Clay by Idris Goodwin for performances in mid-July, and The Hamilton Project, our response to the groundbreaking musical, in November. During COVID-19, our work is on hold, but am launching a Theatre of Conviction Street Company with several alums of ToC Inside.
I am partnering with Justice Arts Coalition to plan a virtual 2021 National Conference.
I am a founder for Wild Goose Creative, where between 2006 and 2017 I helped artists plan projects, events, and gallery shows. Wild Goose is run by an extraordinary group of community leaders.
In 2018, I received a professional certificate through the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy, a partnership between National Arts Strategies and the University of Pennsylvania.