Artistic Director and Curator boasting an eight-year career in performance creation with established script editing, casting, and leading writers labs. Hands-on experience in directing theatrical shows and experiential events. Creates and expresses narrative concepts in accordance with specified requirements. Develops and executes projects through vibrant visualizations with mastery and care. Hires, trains, and motivates 40+ artists across mediums. Excels at project management through detailed and agile budgets, timelines, and scope of work.
Water, Water, Everywhere...- Created, Directed and Produced immersive collaboration exploring themes of home, memory and our global water crisis, Governor's Island, NY, ‘19
In Water, Water, Everywhere... you are invited into the lives of people from the past, present, and future who are all coping with the slippery nature of memory and water. Four overlapping storylines unfold in this multidisciplinary experiential performance inspired by the history of Governors Island and set in a house that was once a home. Water, Water, Everywhere... opens September 21 to coincide with the UN's Climate Action Summit on September 23. It addresses the history and future of water use on the island and the global water crisis. Part time-bending magic realism, part interactive family drama, this play penned collaboratively by four playwrights features three distinct audience tracks and takes visitors on a whirlwind tour of magic, memory, and the global water crisis.
Charlie's Party - Directed and created Drag Cabernet, happyluckyno.7 Brooklyn art gallery, BK '19
In a world where we're all trying to connect one bird, Cocky Rocky, reaches beyond the cage to talk to us about love and the environment. Created with an original score and performed in full bird drag, one bird takes us through an experience unlike any other, leaving you looking at birds and our environment from a new perspective.
The Chechens - Director, The Parlour, NY '18
Written by Phillip Christian Smith, the play dealt with a Chechen family dealing with the possibility of one of their own being a homosexual in the spring of 2017 when the government started rounding them up and putting them in detention camps. A director of Rainbow Railroad was sent a copy of the play and came to speak at a matinee about the atrocities portrayed in Phillip's play and the truth to which they speak of that is happening in the real world.
A Ribbon About A Bomb - Created, Directed and Produced immersive collaboration exploring female surrealism, Governor's Island, NY, ‘17
Originally produced August and September 2017 in an abandoned house on Governors Island, A Ribbon About A Bomb explores issues of duality within what it means to be a woman artist as embodied through three female surrealist artists: Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, and of course iconic Frida Kahlo. Two different performances, occurring simultaneously (wedding or funeral) led audiences through the nine rooms of the house where installation art and performance are woven together. Written by 10 playwrights the story is crafted together like the company's namesake, an exquisite corpse, helmed by creator and director Tess Howsam. The writers were only given a month and a half to develop the work, each writing moments or scenes that were then interwoven. Original score was added using lyrics from varying playwrights set to music by KG Garlington. The entire production from build to performance occurred in one month.The costume design added a collaboration with female fashion house Nineteenth Amendment and blended costume and female designed pieces within the show adding a contemporary spin to the world.
The Soup Play or A PROGRESSIVE WHITE WOMAN FROM BROOKLYN WHO HAS NEVER BEEN IN A SERIOUS ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP TRIES TO EMPATHIZE WITH TED CRUZ DURING A DIFFICULT TIME IN HIS MARRIAGE - Director, Dixon Place, NY '17
THE SOUP PLAY is precisely what its extended title claims: A white, female, progressive Brooklyn-based playwright tries to get inside the head (and marriage) of conservative Cuban-American Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his investment-banker wife, Heidi. A lonely, confusing attempt at empathy in the middle of the contentious 2016 presidential primaries, through the lens of identity politics, white liberalism, Campbell's soup, and self-righteous apathy.
The Enchanted Realm of Rene Magritte - Created, Directed and Produced immersive collaboration performed on Governor's Island, NY, ‘16
Surrealist artist Rene Magritte and his three-panel mural: The Enchanted Realm, was the inspiration for this sold-out hit show, playing a two-month run on Governors Island, NY. As the audience toured Magritte's family home, his life, loves, and art unfold. I worked with eight playwrights and created site-specific surreal art installations in eight rooms of the two-story abandoned house.
All New Women: Untitled #3 - Directed this responsive play for portrait show Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, CO, ‘16
Performed in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center El Pomar Gallery where three artists defended their place in the canon. The ECC partnered with the curator of the All New Women show which featured work by John Singer Sargent, Cindy Sherman,and Lyle Ashton Harris. A living portrait was painted with strokes of history, culture, race, gender, and identity.
Secession 2015 and Secession 2015 Faux/Real Festival -Created, Directed and Produced immersive collaboration based on the Vienna Secession, Governor's Island, NY, ‘15 and Created, Directed and Produced touring performance Secession 2015, The Pearl, New Orleans, LA. ‘15
20 visual artists created original work inspired by artists of the Vienna Secession while 7 playwrights, 4 directors, and 7 actors brought the gallery to life in Secession 2015. A living gallery set in a dilapidated Victorian house on New York City's Governor's Island; audiences wandered through art-filled rooms and explored the concepts of woman as an artist's muse vs. woman as an artist.
Secession 2015 toured to New Orleans as a part of the Faux/Real Festival. The play received a warm reception as we reached out to a community of New Orleans artists. I directed and also performed the roles of Wally, Muse, and Marietta.
WareART - Created, Directed, and Produced three-weekend art festival with fashion/dance/runway show, Galapagos Event Center, DUMBO plus four original plays performed at HERE Arts Center, NY 2014
Three weekend-long festival challenged visual and performance artists to create wearable art pieces using the theme: SubTerra. The runway designs then inspired four playwrights to create original one-act plays. The WareART fashion/dance extravaganza took place over an indoor lake at Galapagos Art Space, DUMBO. The plays were produced at HERE Arts Center, NYC. In addition to directing the “one night only” fashion/dance performance, I also performed the physical character role of Alecto in ANON at HERE Arts Center.
The Forgotten World of Egon Schiele - Wrote and Performed in original ten-minute play, (Un)Fair Festival, NY, 2014
This ten-minute play written for the (Un)Fair Festival in New York City was inspired by Egon Schiele's painting “Death and the Maiden.” In the final ten minutes of Schiele's life, his wife and lover come to life to help him find closure. I performed the role of the androgynous Egon Schiele caught in his poetically tragic world. It was performed inside the (Un)Fair Gallery amongst an installation of antique frames.
ODD.A.SEE -Created, Directed and Produced immersive retelling of Homer's Odyssey, Arts@Renaissance, Williamsburg, NY 2013
ODD.A.SEE was performed in the basement of a repurposed hospital space: Arts@Renaissance, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Five playwrights took the audience on an immersive journey, from room to room, through the world of Homer's Odyssey. It examined what it means to come home and how war affects us all. Eight visual artists crafted installation art pieces/sets. Three bands rotated as the unruly suitors and created original scores. My first immersive project, this was thrilling and daunting. An eerie basement was transformed into the bizarre worlds of Odysseus' journey.
Tank Theater Gala, May 2018
Creative Director for the Tank Theater's annual Gala, creating overall look/theme and working within a limited budget to create a multi-room experiential flow. Organized volunteer staff of 40, maintained and stayed on budget.
Nineteenth Amendment Fashion Week Event, September 2017
Special Event Lead for one-night-only after hours on Governors Island fashion week off shoot event. Worked with the CEO and designers to facilitate needs and coordinate event publicity, ticket sales, and design. Hiring talent and beer sponsorships.
BlackBox Art Events, 2010 -2015
Biannual BlackBox art events give back to Exquisite Corpse Company's(ECC) artistic community by featuring five artists of different mediums. Events took place in found wear house spaces. Lead and coordinated the events working with volunteer staff of 20, coordinated and chose artists to participate, oversaw marketing and space manager relationships. Profits from the event went directly to featured artists with ECC taking a small producer's fee. Approximately 250 millennials attend each event.
Parker Red Catering -IPG Media Holiday Party, December 2014
Lead coordinator to the Event Coordinator for IPG Media holiday party at The Tunnel in NYC, an event with over 1,500 attendees and staff of over 50. Assisted with pre-event planning: price comparison shopping, mood boards, creative design, and day to day emails and organization. The Event Lead and managed staff of over 50.
Goddard College Faculty, MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts
Obie award-winning playwright and my mentor from undergrad, I cover classes for Caridad at Rutgers University
Artistic Director HERE Arts Center, a mentor for my work with Exquisite Corpse Company
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Founder & CEO of Town Stages: A new women-led cultural arts space, event venue, and cocktail bar in Tribeca
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