I am an actor, director, writer and acting teacher. My college education included two years at Bennington College and two years at New York University, where I graduated with a BFA in Dance/Drama. My teaching began in New York City 30 plus years ago at the Actors and Directors Lab, and I have taught almost continuously since then. Later, I moved to Sweden where I learned the language, taught theater, and toured with a children’s theater company for a year. When I returned to the US I joined the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE) in Bloomsburg, PA. There I continued to teach, perform and began directing. Plays I directed at BTE include: FOOLS RUSH IN, VOICE OF THE PRAIRIE, SEA MARKS, THE NEST, DAYTRIPS, THE BALTIMORE WALTZ and DEATH OF A SALESMAN.
During my twelve years with BTE I acted in dozens of plays and served as Ensemble Director for three years. I was a site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts for five years, and spent three years on the professional theatre companies panel. I traveled with BTE during a USIA tour of Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia. The following year I returned to Zimbabwe for five weeks to adjudicate the National Theater Organization of Zimbabwe’s Theatre Festival and to teach workshops. I am still a proud associate member of BTE.
Other plays directed at various regional theaters include CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, ON THE VERGE, TONIGHT WE IMPROVISE, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP and PRIVATE EYES. I co-wrote and directed BERWICK, AMERICA and THIS HOUSE BUILDED, both history plays commissioned by their communities. One man shows: HERE BE DRAGONS, co-written with Paul Outlaw; HEAVY METTLE and WORKING CLASS, both written and performed by Richard Hoehler. Currently I am an artist in resdidence at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York where I have created and directed two devised theater pieces: MIRROR MIRROR and “I’M NOT A FEMINIST, BUT….”; directed Jamuna Yvetter Sirker’s HELL AND HIGHWATER; adapted and directed THE TROJAN WOMEN which appeared at the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble’s First Stories Festival in NYC and the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers (2013).
I am also a co-founder of WAM Theatre (Women’s Action Movement Theatre, with Kristen van Ginhoven, who is artistic director. – (wamtheatre.com); and I work with the New York State Defender’s Institute as a communications coach for their annual Basic Trial Skills conferences.