Hello friends! After 6 years of living and working in NYC, I recently moved from where it was "quiet uptown" in The Heights of NYC to the picturesque Upper Valley of Vermont where I "wash my hair with snow" and am currently the Resident Production Stage Manager at Northern Stage. After spending my summers working stock at the New London Barn Playhouse and doing at least one show a season at Northern Stage, it was time to commit to a full season in New England. Having started my career as a Teaching Artist doing educational outreach work in underserved DC schools, I am a firm believer in the power that the visual and performing arts have to change communities. This passion attracts me to companies that have a strong community engagement mission like Northern Stage and it makes this LORT theater feel even more like a home.
While in NYC I worked primarily in commercial new musical development, so became intimately familiar with the process of creating work from the ground up. This process was exciting and I still have a passion for new works, but I began searching for a career opportunity that had more stability and a sense of family than that of the commercial theater market. Now having the closest thing to a full-time job a Stage Manager can have outside of a long-running Production Contract, I have had more time to devote to reflection, mentorship, and innovation. Every show is new, different, exciting, and presents unique challenges that need to be solved. That's what gets me out of bed every morning.
At the beginning of every process I ask myself three questions:
1) How can I set my team up for success?
2) What aspect of my workflow am I going to improve upon on this show?
3) Do I have some dairy-free ice cream in the freezer?
Photo Credit: Chad Larabee (Director) who wanted to make sure a costume hat looked sufficiently ridiculous before it went on stage.