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Born and raised in Oregon, I am a queer, feminist, activist, singer, actor and stitcher based in Brooklyn, New York. 

 

I have a BA in Vocal Music Performance from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon and a Master's of Science in Music in the Community from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.  My Master's study focused on music and neuroscience - how music affects the brain and how this can be utilized in community settings.  During this time, I began working extensively with neuroadiverse adults and children using music and theatre as a means of community building, healing, and empowerment. My dissertation, "Musical Theatre Performance for Empowerment" involved facilitating and directing a musical theatre production in Mostar, Bosnia.  

My training includes The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Meisner, Shakespeare (taught by Ben Steinfeld of Fiasco Theater), a Kengido Samurai sword fighting workshop with Tetsuro Shimaguchi (Kill Bill), regular on-camera study with Blair Baker and Matt Newton at the Matt Newton Acting Studio and on-going work with my mentors Maria-Christina Oliveras, Mark Fifer and Sheri Sanders. 

I love mountains, the ocean, camping, cooking, cycling and generally being in nature as much as possible thanks to a Pacific Northwest childhood. I am also a yogi, writer, prolific reader, traveler, and cat lady. I make all my own clothes and am passionate about mindful and sustainable sewing and the intersection of queerness and clothing.

I am currently writing a collection of essays chronicling my experience of growing up in, leaving and slowly healing from the Evangelical Pentecostal Christian tradition.  

 

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