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 network of people committed to supporting art and creative resources for people impacted by the justice system. 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, and more. We are looking forward to commissioning artwork from justice-impacted artists, exhibiting work, and convening conversations in 2022.
I teach theatre and arts administration at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. During January 2022 I devised a new play in rehearsal with a company of 18 student actors, stage managers, and designers. The play is called Land of Ours and premiered just after the blizzard the first weekend in February! My students are working on new plays, research, community-based art projects, internships, and more.
Along with Dr. Catherine Roma, I helped to facilitate KUJI Men's Chorus, a company of men inside Marion Correctional. We are currently finishing an album of new and rearranged music, tentatively titled Louder Together. .
Last 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.