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 neurodiverse adults and children in community music programs. 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), on-camera study 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, and generally being in nature as much as possible thanks to a Pacific Northwest childhood. I am also a yogi, writer, prolific reader, and cat lady. As a sewist, I am passionate about mindful and sustainable making 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.