I make art, and I make art happen.
I am a creative activist and artist using writing, performance, and photography to foster connection and dialogue across social and cultural lines. In addition to running my own arts company, I operate The Detached Garage artist-in-residency program, which targets and empowers emerging artists and brings art to Denver's Clayton neighborhood. I am also a co-founder of the No One Way Arts Collaborative (N.O.W. Arts). N.O.W. designs and implements 72-hour collaborative retreats for artists in cities across the country, as well as online challenges that serve an international artistic community.
I was born in Colorado, and after living in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and London, I have returned to my roots in Denver. I am grateful to have the opportunity to live and work in a city that sets such a vigorous pace when it comes to growth in the arts. I have a degree in Theatre Studies from Boston University, and my work in the theatre profoundly influences all my artistic choices. I collaborate frequently and fiercely, and I feel drawn to a larger community of creators.
In addition to my creative pursuits, I am passionate about working with children and young adults from a variety of backgrounds. I am proud to be a co-founder and managing owner of The Wayfaring Band, an organization that equips young adults who experience special needs and emerging thought leaders with the social tools to deftly navigate the diverse needs of a global community. I am also forever indebted to Ms. Pat and the incredible students of the Crenshaw Arts / Tech Charter High School (C.A.T.C.H.) in Los Angeles for the countless lessons I continue to absorb there during my annual trip to California. Working as a teacher, mentor, trip leader, and camp counselor has given me countless opportunities to connect with young people both nationally and abroad.
Lastly, I have a passion for travel. I seek out opportunities to visit remote locations in developing countries, and I deeply appreciate communicating and connecting with people across cultural lines. As an artist and as a member of a global community, I want to see more, know more, and understand more. I support the work of UgandaProject (UP), which provides free education, housing, mentoring, and basic needs to students who have been orphaned, mostly due to the AIDS epidemic. I have been fortunate to build many friendships with these students while shooting portraits for UP in Uganda.