In My Own Words
I grew up on the stage stepping into roles in musicals and straight plays that others have written, playing the significant other in ballets with dance companies throughout the North Eastern United States, and designing (lights and sets) for several productions as well. After an injury, and a self-examination, I left the theatre to pursue corporate jobs. I landed in account management at advertising firms before realizing in my 20’s that I had to pursue the creative. Upon returning, I spent 19 years as a successful fashion photographer which allowed me to study people and relationships. With an intense need to tell my own stories, I began writing, producing and directing for film and returned to designing lights for several theatre companies in New York and Connecticut. I now sit in a foreign city, London, exploring my passion for writing, being a flâneur of sorts, while working on a MA in Creative Writing (Playwrighting and Screenwriting) at City, University of London.
Like nearly every storyteller since the beginning of time, I want to get people to think about the human condition. We live in a period of history where media surrounds us and ideas get lost in five hundred channels of television. Print advertising in magazines and posters on the subway are drowned out by the latest Apple-manufactured, internet-connected device proliferating our ears, our eyes, our minds. On a daily basis, interests and opinions are swayed by false information wrapped in beautiful new media packaging, where the semiotics of language and imagery become even more important than ever before. I would like to use my creative talents to bring my ideas and stories to the masses through the use of media, traditional and new, and the stage, traditional and experimental, and explore methods of breaking through the clutter that surrounds us to touch hearts and minds.
“The Jungle Room”, a short play I recently completed, is now being expanding into a full-length project. It deals with a dysfunctional relationship between lifelong friends. Life, drugs, broken dreams and significant others have set them down roads that seem almost unreal. At a recent reading, an audience member asked, “Are there really people like that?” That is my goal with my work whether it be film, theatre or other media and whether the craft I use is writing, directing, producing, shooting or lighting.
My varied experience in theatre, film and photography has all been the backstory for my latest pursuit of capturing real people in socially relevant stories with a passion for looking in on the lives of those not talked about, the situations that are hard to talk about, and the relationships that can’t be talked about. As theatre-makers, as makers of media, I believe we have a responsibility to open people’s eyes to worlds that they have never been introduced to.