THEATRICAL DESIGNER

"Sideshow"

Light Design, 2009

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I am a skilled practitioner in acting, directing, dance, production, stage management, as well as lighting, set, costume, sound and property design, and I am a certified teacher of theatre (NY City and State)

 

In 2012, I received my Master's degree in Educational Theatre from NYU, and in 2018, completed a PhD with Integrated Study in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK) and the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. My thesis is entitled, "In the Shadow of Peter Brook: Designing and Redesigning A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970 - 2000," focuses on the stage designs of modern productions of Dream at the RSC from a practitioner's point of view, and emphasizes the process these directors and designers underwent to create such iconic stage designs.

 

I am also a U.S. Open and American Swing Dance Champion and have performed and taught workshops all over the world, most recently at Lincoln Center's "Midsummer Night's Swing" in 2018. 

 

My current research interests are focused on the evolving academic vernacular that critics, scholars, and practitioners use in the field of performance analysis and performance studies, and the digital recreation of historic stage designs. My general teaching philosophy is to employ and train students in all aspects of production and focused scholarship to promote well-rounded thinkers and theatre professionals.

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