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Communicating, as a rule, is hard. It is often difficult to speak well. It is often difficult to say anything at all. It is difficult to make sure others are really understand you the way you want to be understood. It is difficult to find a place to speak or even someone to speak to. For me, and I hope for you, theatre is a way to sit down and have a meaningful talk. 

Growing up in Bellingham Washington, I spent my youth imagining worlds nestled in the park next door, and got hooked on technical theatre working on a bad middle school talent show, eventually deciding that I would pursue it professionally. So I made my way to Vancouver BC, where I earned my B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Production from the University of British Columbia. It was there that I met so many incredibly talented and inspirational people whom I am proud to call my friends and collaborators, who encouraged me to experiment and were some of the first to listen as I tried to tell my story. 

 I have always found the absurd and surreal to be appealing, when I discovered the latin@ art movement of the Marvelous Real that I really understood that I have something to say, something that I'd really like you to hear, because the world looks so different to me then it might to you. In finding this perspective that so echoed my own view and cultural heritage, I was finally able to pin down why doing theatre as art was so important to me.

My dream is to create theatre that can stand on its own two feet, that has something to say , that speaks up for those who don't often have the room to say anything and that is, of course, beautiful, but not necessarily comfortable. Navigating the waters of identity, disability and culture is a stormy journey for so many, and having it represented in this medium gives us a chance not only to feel connected to others who share these struggles, but to communicate with those who don't in a very real and pressing way. 

I believe that theatre is a conversation, and I'd love to talk with you about it.