I am a freelance scenographer and teacher working in the San Diego area, which is where I was born and raised. My main areas of focus are lighting, scenic, and properties designs, but I have also worked in costumes, projections, sound, and makeup designs. Additionally, I have experience as a stage manager, production manager, technical director, and director, and I am also a playwright. I have even acted on occasion, so I am very familiar with pretty much every aspect of the theatre!
Though I got my theatrical start a bit younger, I really jumped headlong into the field in seventh grade when I began attending The Bishop's School. And my experiences with their theatre, choral, dance, and jazz band departments truly cemented my love of the performing arts. I continued to pursue this love at Colorado College, where I attained a BA in Theatre.
In the spring of 2013 I graduated from Humboldt State University with my Master of Fine Arts in Scenography. Scenography includes all of the elements that contribute to the look, feel, and mood of a performance, such as scenic, lighting, costume, sound, etc. A scenographer differs from a scenic designer or lighting designer in that the scenographer will often be responsible for more than one design on a single show. So in other words, I've got a degree in multi-tasking. ;)
I am a member of Alpha Psi Omega (ΑΨΩ) Theatre Society and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). I served in leadership positions in both organizations in school, and was the president of our USITT student chapter for two years.
As a teacher, I am a member of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Educator Network (GLSEN).
Outside of the theatre and the classroom, I am a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America, in which I have also had much leadership experience. I am also a member of he American Association of University Women.
In both college and graduate school I worked as a Teacher's Assistant, helping to lead classes and grade papers, and I also served as a guest lecturer several times. I also taught a class in playwriting at Humboldt, which was a fantastic experience. Additionally, I worked in the scenic, properties, and costume shops at Humboldt for a year each. These positions consisted of supervising and instructing younger students in the shop; another great experience. Of course, my mom is a teacher, so I've been honing my teaching skills my entire life.
I was the technical director and technical theater teacher for several years at Francis Parker - a 6-12 school. In addition to designing the shows, I trained students in various areas of construction, design, management, and production crew. By the time I left, students were able to run shows without me being on the crew to supervise, and several had realized show designs. I created the technical theater class curriculum for both middle and upper school levels, and taught students the basics of script analysis, design, scenic, properties, lighting, sound, costumes, and makeup. The older students also learned about projections and stage management.
Since Francis Parker, I have been teaching English as a second language online to children in China. It is a great chance to use my teaching, performing, and prop design skills, as well as quite fun!
If you would like to learn more about me, you can check out my LinkedIn Profile or one of my resumes. Because the performing arts can be so complex, and my experience as a scenographer can also be confusing for people, I have created two resume supplements. One lists my performing arts experience by design, such as scenic or lighting. The other lists my experience by type, such as dance, opera, or theatre. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me!