I've been a performer since the kindergarten Christmas play, making an appearance as a police officer who yelled, "Stop!" I didn't stop, and since then, I've worked on stages from raw warehouses to abandoned art deco moviehouses to the Guthrie, in everything from Shakespeare to deconstructed Tennessee Williams to contemporary drama to avant-garde performance to my own solo monologues.
I've had the good fortune of learning from great professors, actors, technicians, artists and all sorts of other collaborators, developed a thick skin and honed skills for all aspects of a production. I've been especially lucky to be a part of two key companies, Savage Umbrella and Lamb Lays with Lion, along the way. To see my current theater resume, click here.
Savage Umbrella, 2010-present
Savage Umbrella makes theatre; we can’t help or stop ourselves. We lust for the uncharted and the unknown; we embrace and dissect the familiar. We create brand new works, and adapt classics to find their current resonances. Our plays have explored the power of family, our small town hometowns, the identity of artists in our communities, the effects of wealth and more. We hold public workshops for our full productions, so that you get a chance to shape the work that you'll see onstage - we love it when someone tells us "I remember talking about that!".
We work with movement and live music to create a unique feel to each of our productions, and make each production a space for conversation and interaction by inviting people in through games, questions and food. We find we can do more together than we could do alone. By shouldering tasks together, we create the space for our imaginations to expand, rising upward and outward to gain a greater view of our world, and have bigger and broader conversations together.
Through some incredible good fortune (see this blog post) Savage Umbrella has recently been able to launch SPACE, a new rehearsal/workshop/performance venue at Vandalia Tower in Saint Paul. We're excited to be able to offer up these 2,000 square feet for our use and for the use of the community that has nurtured and supported us. It's going to be another exciting step in making new work, and we hope you join us. Together is better than alone. Get under the umbrella.
Lamb Lays with Lion, 2007-2010
Lamb Lays with Lion is an original and experimental performance company currently based in Brooklyn, NY. We have presented original works at New York's The Brick, The Tank and The 14th Street Y Theater, Minneapolis' Guthrie Theatre, The Southern Theater, The Bedlam Theater, The Bryant Lake Bowl, as well as The Rude Mechanical’s Off-Center in Austin, TX.
We dedicate ourselves to the maintained integrity of performance, the exploration of unique and radical new forms, the discovery of virtual and spectral expressions, and most importantly, we strive toward being a leading force behind the thrust into a new age of art.