I seek to create a sense of unity in an audience by bringing experiences to the stage that are accessible to people of all backgrounds. The complexities of interpersonal connections and the small, yet salient and oddly familiar moments they create are at the center of my work.
In May 2020 I received a Bachelor of Arts in Production Studies in Performing Arts with a Concentration in Theatre and an Emphasis in Directing as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Clemson University. As a director, I love to create small yet salient moments onstage. A look, a breath, or a moment of hesitation can reflect so clearly an experience that audiences can identify with. Human experience and all of its awkwardness is a joy to recreate onstage.
Directing Associate at New Stage Theatre
I recently moved to Jackson, Mississippi for an 8month Directing Associateship at New Stage Theatre, the only professional regional theatre in the state. During this time, I will be working with my fellow associates to aide in MainStage shows, put up a whole secondary Unframed season, and be the core of the theatre's Education Department. We are currently working to build the Unframed season and are in rehearsals for educational shows that we will take on tour to schools across Mississippi.
Directing Children's Theatre at French Woods
At French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts I directed some wonderful children with a two and a half week rehearsal schedule for two hours a day. The Little Mermaid with 9-11yr olds and How to Eat Like a Child with 7-9yr olds challenged me under this time frame to learn about the kids quickly and manage rehearsal time as efficiently as possible.
Directing Become the Flowers
Theatre! After two years of pandemic setbacks, I was able to direct again in April 2022. After pitching Become the Flowers by Talia Friedenberg to May River Theatre (in Bluffton, South Carolina) for their first annual one act play festival, I was thrilled to direct this play.
I came across Become the Flowers on New Play Exchange and loved it. The play embraces the meaning behind and complicated feelings we hold for formative relationships long past. As the world is coming to an end, two exes become each other's unexpected company in the last hours of life. What are we willing to say out loud? How extreme must the situation be to say it?
With 11 days to build and rehearse and a budget of $250, I am very proud of the play that my team and I were able to put together. Check out my Portfolio to see production photos!
Harold and the Purple Crayon Cast Assistant
I most recently worked as the Cast Assistant on Sony's upcoming feature film, Harold and the Purple Crayon. The cast include Zachary Levi, Lil Rel Howard, Zooey Deschanel, Tanya Reynolds, and Jemaine Clement.
February- April 2022
Uglies Director's Assistant
As my first feature film experience, I worked as the Director's Assistant on Netflix's upcoming film, Uglies. The movie is directed by McG and is based on the first book of Scott Westerfeld's bestselling series.
Summer 2021 Internship
The summer of 2021, I interned at 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta, GA. As an intern during their Youth Creates Program, I was both a teacher and participant working with Atlanta teens. I also helped with their 2021 Human Lights Festival; Curious Encounters by ushering and running technical elements for a few performances.
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Intro to On Set Film Production
I recently completed Georgia Film Academy's 'Intro to On Set Production' course to explore and learn about the world of filmmaking.
I recently wrote a spoken word poem about the division in America right now. It's called American Flipside.
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Academic Aide for Child with Autism
I have started a job for the 2020-2021 school year as an academic aide for a child with autism. This means that I modify curriculum, create learning activities, monitor behaviors, self monitor reactions to behavior (per Applied Behavioral Analysis), encourage and guide positive communication, and reinforce social skills throughout the day.
We CU Intro Video
For the We CU campaign, I was in charge of conceptualizing and writing the script for our introductory video. I'm very happy with how it turned out thanks to the help of all the campaign's video leaders who participated and some awesome students who edited and filmed extra footage. Click on the picture to see our intro video!
Founding We CU
After starting a petition for Clemson University to actively fight racism on campus, myself and two current students were reached out to by a faculty member with the idea for a grass-roots, student-led campaign for diversity and equality. As our petition mentioned that the required CU 1000 course at Clemson was extremely lacking in these areas, the faculty member thought this campaign could be a wonderful way to supplement it until necessary changes are made by administration. I became a founder of We CU with Kapreece Dorrah and TeAnna Flynn-Brown.
I am officially a 2020 graduate from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Production Studies in Performing Arts with a concentration in Theatre!
I had a wonderful time, as always, working with Shannon Robert. I have learned so much from being her assistant director. Even though this is my last production at a a Clemson student, I hope to work with her again one day.
KCACTF Directing Award
Recently, I went to the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival to direct a staged reading for the 10min play festival. After the performances, I was given the directing award for this event.
I was recently featured as a Student Spotlight by the Brooks Center for Performing Arts.
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Five Mile Lake
I proposed this play to direct for the Clemson Players' Lab Series because it focuses on connections between characters and is relatable to undergrad students. The characters in this play find themselves unsatisfied with their lives yet unsure - or, more realistically, fearful - about making a change. Five Mile Lake shows us the beauty of unexpected connections and the importance of letting them happen.