Raised in Michigan, I have lived in New York, Chicago, Arkansas and Texas. I earned a Masters in Arts Administration and a Masters in Art Education both at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in Theatre/Acting from the University of Detroit/Marygrove College.
A consistent theme in my artistic practice is the celebration of the transformative power of storytelling through performing and visual art. I began as a theatre practitioner in New York holding AEA, SAG, & IATSE Local 764 union cards. My primary interest has been to utilize art to establish authentic cultural exchange. Often individuals are not skilled in direct communication and art has provided a portal that eventually leads to understanding among disparate groups. Honoring the value of unique communities of various sizes and structures has been inherent in my work.
In Chicago, I served as the Chicago Branch Coordinator for the Screen Actor’s Guild Foundation’s national children’s literacy program BookPALS (performing artists for literacy in schools.). Also in Chicago, I designed, developed and delivered all educational programing at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. In Arkansas at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, I served as the Head of Community Programs, aiding individuals of all ages and abilities to experience creative ways to view, appreciate and make art inspired by the collection and/or traveling exhibitions. I was an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas in the art department. Most recently, I served as the Community Engagement Manager (Head of Education) at the El Paso Museum of Art.