I am a teaching artist, theater maker, producer, and arts advocate based in Columbus, Ohio. Whether I am teaching theatre or arts administration with students pursuing research and creative projects, creating a collaborative work of art inside or outside the walls of a prison, sharing the terrain of art in the justice system through field research, or investing in a platform that supports and empowers artists directly impacted by the justice system - my work supports arts engagement and community development. I have a PhD in Theatre Historiography from the University of Minnesota.
Current and Recent Projects
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 COVID-19, we have launched a conversation series on the arts and the justice system titled Radio OPAC, built creative care packages to give to people incarcerated and under quarantine, commissioned a poster series about the power of the arts, partnered with the state of Ohio to build a quarantine chapbook featuring artwork and writing by incarcerated Ohioans, and more. We are looking forward to in-person art fairs, more commission opportunities, and continuing to support artists inside and outside prison (and those who support them) in 2021 and 2022.
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.
Along with Dr. Catherine Roma, I help to facilitate KUJI Men's Chorus, a company of men inside Marion Correctional. We are currently working on a visual album of new and rearranged music, tentatively titled Louder Together. .
This summer, I partnered with Justice Arts Coalition to plan a virtual convening, June 24-26, 2021.
In partnership with Healing Broken Circles, starting in 2015 I directed Theater of Conviction at Marion Correctional Institution, where I worked with a company of 20 incarcerated men to learn about and make theatre. I also taught college credit-granting courses in acting and dramatic literature to students at the prison in partnership with Otterbein. 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.
I was a co-founder of 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 and has just opened a brand new space.
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.